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The Federal government should solicit our highest-rated teachers from around the country (by whatever measure) and then videotape their classes for an entire school year. There should be incentives for teachers to compete, just as we now incentivise teachers relocating to rural and other underserved areas.
The resulting videos would then be made available by Internet stream. Ideally, classes could be conducted in format would leave 30 minutes of a 55-minute class for direct interaction with the teacher onsite.
Any teacher nation-wide could incorporate the videos into their class if they are teaching that same subject. Whether they use them or not could be left up to the local school boards, but even if their use was not mandated by a local school board, the videos should be available, as they would be an awesome resource for teachers to use for strategies and peer review, as well as offering extra credit to students watching portions of them after school.
Children in school districts that did not use the videos could view them at home or the library, as could parents and generally, any under-educated adult. The classes should at least cover all classes in K-12, but including junior college would be better, as some of those classes are already available to high school students in the form of "advanced placement" offerings. This could make more subjects available to students nationwide.
Obviously, making English classes available worldwide would be particularly useful.
The answer to our current healthcare problem is Medicare for all.
Bernie Sanders said a lot about this, but, perhaps because he is up in years he assumed everyone knew what that would mean. Instead, it was characterized as ‘government-provided' health care like that in England.
The National Health Service in England is the biggest part of the system by far, catering to a population of 54.3 million and employing around 1.2 million people. Of those, the clinically qualified staff include 150,273 doctors, 40,584 general practitioners (GPs), 314,966 nurses and health visitors, 18,862 ambulance staff, and 111,127 hospital and community health service (HCHS) medical and dental staff.
However, the fact is, Medicare does not generally provide medical care at all - instead, it makes payments for medical care provided by professionals that do not work for the government, and in medical facilities that are not owned by the government. Obviously, there are exceptions, like the Veterans Administration, but frankly, that should be eliminated and rolled into Medicare for all with 99% coverage instead of the usual 80%.
With regular Medicare, your coverage is 80% of the negotiated cost of the care received and the facilities utilized. The Medicare-covered individual that is receiving the care must pay the remaining 20% - which can be further offset by either a private sector supplement policy or participation in a private sector HMO which meets or exceeds the services provided under Medicare. Those often require care through a specific network of doctors and facilities, but a lot of people like the plans better because of the reduced cost.
The point is, "Medicare for All" is not "government healthcare" and it could save citizens billions over just a few years, as the buying power of 340 million customers allows Medicare to negotiate reasonable prices for products and servers that we have otherwise seen escalate into gouging.
Concepts like medicare for all are the capitalist equivalent of universal basic income.
Just as a private corporation might repurchase its own stock, I believe America should purchase, by means of eminent domain, all of the electric and water systems across the United States of America and unify and upgrade them for the safety and security of future generations.
The transfer of these resources should be accomplished over a reasonable period of time, after a national survey of the resources and infrastructure plans, with a national water main being a top priority. The absence of safe and affordable utilities is more of a national security threat than any of the political wars we have engaged in over the last 70 years. Concepts like public utilities provide a solid basis for the capitalist equivalent of universal basic income.
MODERNIZATION IN STRUCTURE AND PRACTICE
Originally, there was one Representative for about every 33,000 citizens. That means that if a Representative spent an eight hour day speaking to each of their constituents for ONE MINUTE, it would have taken them sixty-nine (69) days.
Today, the average district size is approximately 700,000 and growing. That means that today if a Representative spent eight hours a day speaking to each of their constituents for the same ONE MINUTE, it would now take them FOUR YEARS!
That's eight hours a day, seven days a week for FOUR YEARS! That's their entire term! And since none of them will be working seven days a week, they'll barely have time to tell you to get lost. And THAT is why people have to beg for the attention of an aide they never voted for.
It's time to increase the number of Representatives and reduce the number of constituents being told to get lost. If we added enough Representatives to bring the number of constituents down to 50,000, that would require an additional 6,365 Representatives.
But so what? It's time to take this mess digital anyway. There's no reason that all Representatives need to go to Washington for every session. And trust me, if there were 6,800 Representative in the House, not only would you see an amazingly noticeable responsiveness from your Representative, it would devastate lobbyists and their corporate agendas. Imagine trying to buy off 6,800 Representatives. That's a lot of books and fundraisers.