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Forum Post: Medicare Under Attack

Posted 8 years ago on March 27, 2012, 9:26 p.m. EST by Nevada1 (5843)
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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 months ago

''LOBBYISTS WORKING TO UNDERMINE MEDICARE FOR ALL HOST CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AT LUXURY RESORT'', by Lee Fang:

''“The host list speaks for itself,” said Wendell Potter, president of Business Initiative for Health Policy. “This event wasn’t about fixing the health care system. It was about protecting the health care industry, no matter the cost to patients, families, workers, or employers.”

“The industry is the root cause of our health care crisis. A congressional staffer serious about finding solutions wouldn’t touch that retreat with a 10-foot pole,” he added.''

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''Insurers Are Bankrupting Patients by Charging Unexpectedly for Preapproved Care"! .. by Lauren Weber:

caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"Medicare for All is even better than you thought''by Tim Higginbotham:

From which, note ''Previous estimates suggested that Medicare for All would save $2 trillion. But it's even better .. a new study finds that Bernie Sanders's bill would save $5.1 trillion — while providing universal, comprehensive coverage.''

fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''CoronaVirus Makes Case For Medicare-for-All'' by Helaine Olen:

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23154) 1 month ago

Non-insured put us all at risk when it comes to Coronavirus.

https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1233041575414050817

Tweet from Anand Giridharadas:

"Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Your health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in your society. It will be decided by the height of the floor, not the ceiling."

I absolutely agree with that point!

Unfortunately, I can't open Washington Post articles unless I pay! but yes I also agree that Coronavirus shows that we all need coverage and we're at risk of disease by folks who don't have coverage and therefore can't afford treatment.

It's like this. We don't want to live in a society where any kids never go to school right? So why do we want to live in a society where anyone has health that isn't cared for?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Consider: ''National Nurses United Issues Grave Warning on Coronavirus'' .. by Nicole Karlis:

"Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Your health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in your society. It will be decided by the height of the floor - not the ceiling" says Anand Giridharadas & - OF COURSE you "absolutely agree with that point", because rationality & compassion are the basis of your reasoning! Also by AG, please also try to consider ...

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23154) 1 week ago

All Covid 19 medical bills should be covered through Medicare immediately.

Fact Sheet on Uninsured in America:

https://www.kff.org/uninsured/fact-sheet/what-issues-will-uninsured-people-face-with-testing-and-treatment-for-covid-19/

Some insurance companies are waiving deductibles and co-insurance. Tell me what this does for the uninsured? Absolutely nothing.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-29/cigna-humana-waive-cost-sharing-for-covid-19-treatments

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 6 days ago

''Since 1975, while the U.S. population has risen from 216 million people to 331 million - the total number of hospital beds has declined from 1.5 million to 925,000'' and - ''United States currently has only 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 residents .. just a little over half the average of 5.4 beds per 1,000 residents in other wealthy countries''!!! - from ...

WTabsoluteFk?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Nurses on Front Lines of Coronavirus Pandemic Demand Medicare for All''! - by Amy Goodman & Juan González,of "Democracy Now! (video):

CDC budget is 1.5% of ''Defense Budget'' but wtf good is that IF US can't 'defend' itself from COVID-19?

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

“US Lags On Corona-Virus Testing and .. Medical Experts Warn that ... “'No One Is Immune'”!

verb. sat. sap.?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

Alas, "Racism explains why the country lacks the safety net that its citizens deserve" from:

et veritias vos liberabit ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 month ago

The U.S. must beat ¡Uganda! to providing free sanitary pads to schoolgirls. It's humiliating for young girls having to wear open-crotch pants before they are allowed to pee upon their Pootinium-clad chamber pots. I wouldn't mind extending that Medicare-for-All benefit to our Fogies ( Moscow-Night Mitch Pechblendenvogel ) whether on the Potomac and Mar-a-Lago or москва. A Volga investigation may well be in order. Depend(R) works!

"I think it’s easier to parent in Germany. We have heavily subsidized childcare, especially from age 2 1/2 and up, parental leave is long, sick leave if you OR your child is ill, and every child, rich or poor, gets a child allowance from birth through the end of their formal education or age 26, whichever comes first. It’s around $190 / month and is to help out with the cost of raising a child. Also, ALL Rx medicines for kids are free."

If Germany has such good support for parenting, why hadn't the German people produce enough babies to replenish its population so that Germany didn't need to import so many immigrants from war-torn countries? All immigrants come with at least some preloaded software, some of which may or may not be compatible with the predominant locally used software suite. A country cannot replenish its own disappearing culture en masse using readily available and cheap foreign imports. Cultural drift may overcome the inevitable cultural conflicts but it's a slow learning process. I coped with many different cultures and my way of "resolving" the conflicts is to adopt different mindsets and look at the issues from the cultural practitioners' viewpoints. If enough of one's mind's eye is shut off or opened ( i.e. by understanding and observing cultural jurisdictions, a shutting is an opening or vice versa or both depending on one's viewpoint and enlightenment level ) the cultural incompatibilities can become non-issues. "Cows eat grass" so "beef eaters are grass eaters" and they may therefore become compatible with the enlightened vegans who can in their faith, subscribe to, "All meat is grass." It seems to lead to philosophical indifference but it does yield peace of mind as well as the peace arising from tolerance. Most cultures are inherently incompatible ( e.g. smoking is frowned upon in the U.S. because of "it's my [lungs/Bible/guns/castle/..]" which a smoker is polluting with carcinogens but in France or China it's viewed differently; American kids found it to be a shock that smoking was so ubiquitous and permitted in so many places in France { in elevators/lifts, hotels, toilettes } or China { streets, restaurants }; they also found Mainlander Chinese talk with exceptionally loud voices { due to densely packed population perhaps, so as to increase signal-to-noise ratio to achieve successful communication } and feared being run down while crossing the streets because the Mainlander Chinese drivers didn't yield to pedestrians, especially while they were making turns; also the public discharge/elimination of various bodily exhausts: nasal secretion, boogers, sputum, urine, feces.. grossed them out; in France, they were annoyed that they had to pay a 3--<=€ uro to do these in private; in the U.S.A. many public and [privately owned]business places provide these services without charging--having to pay up in € presents an "emergency" for a "culturally illiterate" American kid who is overseas and not even aware of the existence of any "breakthrough" culture of wearing open-crotch pants ! my Dad who sang the praise of the "carrying-no-gun" Bobbies wearing "the Crown" on their hats was almost arrested for pissing in the U.S. in a place with a WTF-locked-for-security toilet where a Bobbie would probably just pass quietly by, not even batting an eyelash; dogs have more pissing right in the U.S. than people do ! ) with others if one holds fast to all of each one but introducing flexibility to them enables them to coexist peacefully in harmonious complementarity. Generally speaking, a good way to achieve harmony is to learn the language and culture first, then observe what the majority do, and emulate to avoid any unnecessary conflict. "When in Rome, [largely] do as the Romans do [to show them respect]." As my Dad had shown before, formal schooling is not essential ( and practically impossible for the scores of countries in his lifetime ) but a sense of humor certainly helps ( there will be embarrassing cross-cultural incidents but people tend to be easygoing regarding honest bumbling efforts trying to fit in ).

One way that the Chinese Communist Party ( the CCP ) had provided for people to fit in is to make them sign Non-Disclosure Agreements ( NDAs ). All of [our] U.S. intelligence officials need to be made to sign a Non-Dislosure-to-Congress Agreement modeled upon the CCP NDA to fit in, in order to safeguard the national security of Trumpanzia. According to quantum physics' fundamental rule, if Joseph Maguire could tell apart which one of the two alternatives of whether or not Russia is interfering again in the runup to the U.S. Election in November of this year 2020 has occurred, the interference between the two alternative events disappeared.

Orange-utan's forebear was reportedly an asylum seeker from the "Black Forest" über-militaristic tree cutters so I guess that Atlantis granted the bonobo the status of refugee ( in the fairly illustrious company of refugees such as: Albert Einstein, Leó Szilárd, Enrico Fermi, Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, Nikola Tesla, Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin, John von Neumann, Theodore von Kármán, Edward Teller, etc.) Escaping from war-torn and über-militaristic countries that destroy habitats ( e.g. of arctic hares, owls, bears, penguins, and foxes ) is an ancient tradition and necessity so every other country should play its part to help out with the displaced critters and their posterity.

According to my reckoning, all human beings are squatters on my ancestral land, seas, and oceans and should therefore be concentrated into Antarctica and confined there ( probably defying the wish of my Grandpa, though ). Human beings will learn from the emperor penguins how to live in a colony, take care of the chicks, and survive through the winters.

With the COVID-19 wave tunneling across country boundaries, what's the U.S. preparing to avoid the stovepiping and the lack of clear chain of command and consciousness that allowed the 9/11 attacks to succeed? Both the FBI and the NSA had intelligence about the upcoming attacks. There were in fact actual prior short-notice ( in days, not weeks, not hours ) warnings which had been sent out asking for U.S. entities to brace for attacks.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago

important petition

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 months ago

''AOC askes pharma exec why a life-saving HIV drug that costs nearly $2,000 in the U.S. but $8 in Australia'' ...

Where's the sense of righteous outrage in USA now? Say NO to: 'Land of the twee & home of the slave'!

fiat justitia...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Consider "When Your Doctor is also a Lobbyist: Inside the War Over Surprise Medical Bills"!

et spero meliora!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23154) 1 month ago

How to alleviate psychic pain on a national and individual level:

Medicare For All

Imagine how well you'd sleep at night, how light you would feel every day, if you knew that you, your children and grandchildren would have care for their health forever, no questions asked.

Medicare For All would decrease our stress levels and give us a freedom we never had before.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Indeed "psychic pain on a national and individual level" would be alleviated by ''Medicare For All''! But...

et per ardua ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23154) 1 month ago

30 million w/o healthcare is like the entire country of Canada not having healthcare. It's not okay and no Democrat should argue that it is okay and the way it has to be.

From truthout article: "Although community health centers are among the nation’s first responders during an outbreak of disease, clinics nationwide are currently staring over a fiscal cliff. On May 22, a stopgap measure temporarily extending federal funding for community health centers expires. If lawmakers do not act before this deadline, crucial public health services could disappear during an outbreak of a potentially deadly disease."

I am truly worried that the poorest areas will be the worst hit by Covid-19.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 weeks ago

For sure ''the poorest ... will be the worst hit by Covid-19'' & please consider this disturbing link..

et caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Coronavirus Will Spread Faster Because We Lack Universal Health Care'' by Joel Segal & Harvey Wasserman:

Which ends: "In the face of a recession caused by massive supply-chain disruption, the U.S. central bank has shown itself to be impotent. Congress needs to take a lesson from Japan, and modify U.S. banking law to allow it to work with the central bank in getting the wheels of production turning again. The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them. The Banks could then be used to fund infrastructure and other government projects to stimulate the economy, following China’s model." as Capital/Social-ism .... is NOT a Zero Sum Game Simplistic Binary ... just like the Chinese Govt. & People realize, but will USA get it too?!

fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Under pressure, Trump admin. opens door to mobilizing Medicaid to fight Corona Virus'':

et spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 week ago

"How the CoronaVirus Takes Over Your Body (Before You Ever Even Feel It!)" .. by Jeff Wise:

CAVEAT!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 6 days ago

''What Issues Will Uninsured People Face with Testing and Treatment for COVID-19?'' by Jennifer Tolbert:

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23154) 6 days ago

Americans are losing health insurance by the millions each week. 3.3 million lost their jobs last week and many of those will be unable to afford to pay the COBRA bills to continue the insurance.

From: https://www.kff.org/uninsured/fact-sheet/what-issues-will-uninsured-people-face-with-testing-and-treatment-for-covid-19/

"People who are uninsured will likely face unique barriers accessing COVID-19 testing and treatment services. Over half of the uninsured do not have a usual place to go when they need medical care, and one in five uninsured adults in 2018 went without needed medical care due to cost"

To sum up, many uninsured will die. They'll die because they won't seek care. They'll die because if they do seek care, they'll be turned away.

This is moral turpitude as expressed by the USA and we're all responsible. None are off the hook.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

Yes - ''many uninsured will die. They'll die because they won't seek care. They'll die because if they do seek care, they'll be turned away. This is moral turpitude as expressed by the USA'' but just how are U responsible for that?! I've always strongly resisted this, ''It's All Our Fault'' kind of thinking from the very beginning of OWS - precisely because from my PoV, it is both factually untrue & because I believe The 00.1% & their 1% lackeys hide behind the ''If it's everyone's fault, then it's no one's fault'' smokescreen. DON'T LET THE FKRS OFF THE HOOK! Blame, Name & Shame (+ Maim?) them! Just sayin' and, fyi:

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23154) 4 days ago

10 million are now unemployed. How many of them have lost their health insurance? And, we still have Democrats pushing a nominee who is against Medicare For All.

Bernie Sanders is right about Medicare For All. And, COVID19 proves him right even more. Our disjointed, fragmented healthcare system is an absolute wreck right now as Noam Chomsky has pointed out:

"The U.S.’s privatized for-profit health care system had long been an international scandal, with twice the per capita expenses of other developed societies and some of the worst outcomes. Neoliberal doctrine struck another blow, introducing business measures of efficiency: just-on-time service with no fat in the system. Any disruption and the system collapses. Much the same is true of the fragile global economic order forged on neoliberal principles."

We are finding out that our entire societal structure is built on a foundation of quicksand.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 day ago

Alas, "ill discipline, ignorance and incompetence, nutty religiousness and - racism,'' are ...

But most of all, folk will die due to the criminal & uncivilized lack of M4A; the lack of which is very connected to these 2 links ...

Re."nutty religiousness": https://twitter.com/TheBirmingham6/status/1246606963720491011 !!!

et veritas vos liberabit ...