CommonCare: Medicare for the rest of us

Bill Maher was railing the other night at how bad Democrats are at naming things. “Single Payer” is about the least sexy name for a program ever, whereas “Death Panels” and “Pull the Plug on Granny” conjure immediate, visceral images that everyone understands. I was listening to a BBC program about African development, and someone being interviewed said something about the communal nature of African values, to explain how there is a different work ethic on the continent :
Hence, CommonCare. It’s got the ring of Medicare, the most efficient and successful government program in US history, and it ultimately means what Single Payer ought to be called: Final Payer, meaning, ya’ll go ahead and fuss around with all your complicated insurance plans and whatever, but anyone someone doesn’t get the basics paid for through one of those schemes, it goes to the Final Payer, the “public option” [a close second for least sexy moniker] known as CommonCare.

It can even be bundled as part of immigration reform as a way to extend coverage to the undocumented: they can earn “points” towards status normalization by fulfilling Preventive Care requirements, and save money that otherwise goes to emergency room visits.


Fred is a Teaching Artist, an arts integration advocate & a social justice activist. He is near completing a two-month Residency as String Game Performance Teacher at Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville, CA, and performed at the 2015 Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival. He also serves as Teacher Consultant for Professional Development with UCSC's Central California Writing Project and as their Technology Liaison to the National Writing Project. He is a Connected Learning Facilitator and coordinates Face To Face Drop Ins on Connected Learning biweekly at Arts Council Santa Cruz County. He teaches self-directed & connected learning via real-world projects & string games through his Original Digital Project, an Associate of the Arts Council.

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