A mother carries her sick child into the office with worry creasing her brow. Is the concern her ability to take off work to care for the child? Is she uncertain if she will be able to afford the health care needed by her little one? No. She’s reached Every Child Healthcare, one of many such offices around Humboldt County, this one in McKinleyville, California.
This is an imagining of The Land Office a project of the Imaginal Services Bureaux which is in turn a project of Cooperation Humboldt. We are imagining the most just use of property for sale in Humboldt County. This is a work of art. You can read our Principles or just read on…
How is it that we haven’t figured this one out, yet? A child feels sick. The caregiver attempts time tested home remedies to heal the kiddo. It’s time to consult a health care worker. When that parent, grandparent, auntie or uncle decides to take the kid into the doctor, the care rendered should be compensated fairly and the compensation should be all of our responsibility, not just that close family’s.
The blue door means health care for all children.
We can’t understand how folks can not see that healthy kids make a healthy culture and the cost should not be one of the factors in determining if the kids can get care. We’ll say this again and again. There is enough wealth in this world for a healthy, pleasant life for all. We just need a few folks in the 1% to have just a slightly less extravagant lifestyle. It seems like a simple starting place — all kids get healthcare.
Any kid that shows up at the doctor gets seen for free. That’s it. It’s simple.
“How will we pay for that?” Okay here’s the deal. Doctors and nurses, certified healthcare providers give the service to the kids. They calculate what the care costs and send the bill to the Treasury. They get the money the next day.
“Yeah, but where will the money come from? Taxes?” Yep. Every year the total is calculated and everyone making over half a million dollars pays a portion proportional to their extreme wealth. It’s some simple math from here on out. If you don’t want to pay your fair share so that all kids can have healthcare (and you don’t want to give up any of your over half a million dollars) then you might need to seek professional help with your mental and emotional state.
Can you imagine a children’s health garden here?
Here’s how we make it work. If a person makes more than half a million dollars ($500,000) in a year that person pays a small percentage of the amount over that half million in taxes. The more the individual makes over that half million, the higher the percentage until we get to the folks in the top 1% when the maximum is collected. The amount needed is determined by projections from last year’s national childcare bill.
There’s enough wealth out there and the millionaires didn’t “work” for all of it. And really… our plan is really pretty weak sauce — it generously doesn’t kick in until over half a million dollars.
Of course, similar plans could be used to pay for schooling, college, elder care, drug treatment programs, homeless shelters, and social services. But we’ll get to that with some other property imagining. For now, enjoy envisioning this mother in McKinleyville’s only worry being her child — not financial concerns.
One last thing — accountability. We at The Land Office are good at proposing all kinds of rainbows and unicorns to solve all of Humboldt County’s needs. That’s what we do. But it is not lost on us that it is going to take some work. For this imagining requires and includes an imagining of a process of accountability.
Built in to the system is a group who audits the bills, the charges, the payments, and the health of the system providing this care. This must be included in the collected tax amount. With a strong self-regulating system, citizens can have confidence that the millionaires are not wasting their excessive millions paid in taxes on fraudulent charges. That money is actually helping all children grow up into healthy, fully integrated adults.
Imagine how pleasant that world will be.
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Here are some links to the background material:
Assessor’s Map for 509-221-049:
Parents who rock the community…
Thinking about being healthy. A cool place to start is with the Middleway Network:
Serious respect to these folks who have been providing healthcare for our community for decades:
Previously was 174 Fox Farm Road in Trinidad, California.