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November 12, 2019

Deregulation

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:46

November 11, 2019

“How Will You Pay For It?” Is the New “But Her Emails”

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:34

“How Will You Pay For It?” Is the New “But Her Emails”

Every Democratic candidate is stuck in between two unsavory positions on healthcare: either open yourself to unfair GOP attacks by proposing the same sort of system that gives people better care at lower cost in nearly every developed country in the world, or avoid those attacks but promote a half-measures plan that doesn’t actually solve the cost problem.

But whether one takes the cautious and ineffectual Biden approach, the cagey Warren approach, or the open yet politically risky Sanders approach, everything is predicated on the notion that a candidate’s healthcare plan must be paid for.

Meanwhile, Trump and the GOP have blown open a nearly $1 trillion dollar deficit hole, a 26% increase from 2018 despite benefiting from an economy that is running at full tilt by traditional metrics. They’ve done this mostly through a combination of giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, as well as through huge increases to the military budget and handouts to make up for Trump’s self-inflicted trade war

More at the link above.  Hugs

November 10, 2019

Strategists say Warren ‘Medicare for All’ plan could appeal to centrists

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:53

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/469707-strategists-say-warren-medicare-for-all-plan-could-appeal-to-centrists

For Democratic strategists, Warren’s approach could be a way to soothe voters’ worries about Medicare for All while advancing key progressive ideas.

“The fact that she has devised a plan that would benefit middle class Americans without taxing [them] is certainly reassuring to a lot of people,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist who isn’t working for any of the presidential campaigns.

“What Warren’s plan does is giving voters bold change without raising middle class taxes,” Bannon added.

 

Supporters of Warren’s plan also note that the plan makes clear that Warren would eliminate premiums, deductibles and copays, which should be a relief for voters with questions about Medicare for All.

Adam Green — co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), which has endorsed Warren — said that “Warren’s Medicare for All financing plan is functionally like an $11 trillion tax cut for middle class families,” because it eliminates out-of-pocket health costs for workers and targets tax increases at the wealthy and corporations.

November 8, 2019

You could live longer happier lives

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:20

November 6, 2019

Goodbye deductible! Goodbye co-pays

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:23
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I would save a lot with #MedicareForAll #MFA

Goodbye deductible! Goodbye co-pays!

You don’t get a deductible or co-pay when you use the fire department.

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:09
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Health care should be like the military or the police/fire depts. A socialized cost. We all use it, we all pay. No one goes bankrupt using the police or fire departments. You don’t get a deductible or co-pay when you use the fire department.

November 5, 2019

Residents suffer as Mississippi and 13 other states debate Medicaid expansion

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:35

This is the state of the US today.  How can we be a developed 1st world country when this is what our people go through every day.   The situation is desperate for almost half the country, some what livable for the next 40 percent and great for the top 10%.  I have a bone conditions where my bones can just die and decay.  It starts and stops on its own and can not be cured, only managed.   I had lost my upper left leg bone, the femur head in 2014.  I had a right total hip replacement prior to this.  I lost my job because I could hardly walk and was on increasing stronger pain medications.   Lucky for me I qualified for the ACA at a price we could afford so my other medical needs kept going.   But I couldn’t afford the surgery I needed, a total hip replacement.  Even after Ron and I could legally get married and I went on his work insurance I still couldn’t afford the co-pays, hospital stay, hundreds of other costs.   So I got worse, ended up in a wheelchair again and lost most of the quality of life stuff they talk of.   Then after three years, yes three years, my medicare case got resolved and I got my disability back.   With Medicaid and Ron’s work insurance I could get my total hip replacement and walk again.   Our system is broken and failed.  The goal is not healthcare, it is profit.  People are treated inhumanly so that more profit can be gained.   We need medicare for all.   We need it now.  Hugs

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/residents-suffer-mississippi-13-other-states-debate-medicaid-expansion-n1075661

“I’ve gone years without medication, and it’s gotten to a point where you hit rock bottom. And it’s just like, ‘OK, if I go, I go,’” one uninsured woman said.

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. — Darlene Velasco can’t afford to treat her Type 2 diabetes. She doesn’t make enough money at her job selling college sports memorabilia to pay for medication or private health insurance and, at $13.50 an hour, earns too much to qualify for Medicaid.

That’s been the case for years and without treatment, Velasco, 45, was declared legally blind in May. The disease built up cataracts in her eyes and when her vision began to blur and disappear, she found herself driving to her job that carries no health benefits steered only by the memory of the backcountry roads that surround her home.

In Mississippi, a state that has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country — currently ranked at 45 out of 50 — about 100,000 people fall in the same coverage gap as Velasco, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In total, 2.5 million poor adults fall into that same gap in the 14 states that did not expand Medicaid.

Meanwhile, health care costs continue to grow, creating a core campaign issue in Mississippi’s gubernatorial election that will be decided Tuesday. State Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, supports expansion to address costs, while Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves opposes it.

Samantha Mechell, 59, broke her hip three months ago when she tripped over her cat. A visit to the hospital and the ensuing surgery needed so that the longtime waitress could walk again cost her $140,000. Without insurance, she said her bill was sent to collections before she completed physical therapy.

“I wanted to go back to work early but my doctor said I couldn’t without my walker,” she said, still limping heavily minutes after her midweek lunch shift ended. “I have bills. Nobody pays those but me. There’s only me.”

She earns $900 monthly, which goes to rent and utilities, while the $20 or $30 she makes in tips each day help pay for food and gas.

When she couldn’t work, she said she used loose change she collected and some of the tax returns that she saved for a rainy day to pay for meals of ramen noodles or hot dogs.

“They want all this money, but I don’t have much,” she said. “It’s just rough. I know there’s a lot of people out there like me.”

There is much more at the link above.   Hugs

MedicareForAll gets rid of all that bullshit

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:33
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Who is afraid of losing their deductible? No one.

The private insurance industry makes you pay when you use your insurance. Who wants that?

#MedicareForAll gets rid of all that capitalist bullshit.

tRump is …This is like Page One of 100

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:30
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This is like Page One of 100.

Catholic Hospital Sticks Mother of Premature Baby With $898,984 Medical Bill

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Economics, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 05:04

Another example of our broken system.  How can anyone be expected to pay this?  The costs are too high at all aspects of the system.  To simply keep the hospital open the bills have to be super inflated.  Too much greed and profit taking in all aspects of the system.   And all levels of administration.   If the US is to have any healthcare in the future we must switch to a Medicare for all single payer system with the power to cut costs and negotiate prices.  Other countries do this.  They manage it at much less cost than the US.  We are told we are the wealthiest country on earth ( we really are the country where the greatest wealth is concentrated at the top and the most people are poor ) yet we can not have what other countries do?  Israel takes US aid for settlements yet has universal health care.  Think on it, we give them money and we can not have the health care they get?   Sick and it is all because of greed and profit.  Hugs

Catholic Hospital Sticks Mother of Premature Baby With $898,984 Medical Bill

But Bard wasn’t told, she says, that the baby had to be enrolled on her insurance plan within a month of birth. When that deadline passed — time during which she was recovering, went back to the emergency room due to infection, and her baby sat in an incubator with a coin-flip chance of survival — she was told insurance wouldn’t cover the costs.

Her bill came out to $898,984.57.

 

She naïvely thought she could work something out since Dignity Health was a Catholic company.

Dignity is also a religious organization that says its mission is to further “the healing ministry of Jesus.” Surely, Bard remembering thinking, they would show her compassion.

Oh, that poor woman… thinking a Catholic organization would put compassion over a money grab.

They weren’t going to budge. They rejected her appeals. They said no exceptions were possible (which was a lie). Earlier this month, she posted about her situation on Facebook:

More at the link above.   It is amazing what happens when the information is widely disseminated making a company look bad.   Hugs

The US health system is seriously broken and needs to be replaced. The people can not afford it as it is

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 04:46

November 1, 2019

Criminal

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 05:47

October 30, 2019

Republicans give no respect

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Gender, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:51
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Republicans give no respect to women. End of story.

October 28, 2019

Pete Buttigieg Is the Past

Filed under: Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 17:12

Pete Buttigieg Is the Past

To accept this statement on its face is to brazenly ignore the history of health care reform in the United States. You don’t even have to go back to the first calls for single-payer under President Harry S. Truman; just look at the Affordable Care Act—a plan whose most controversial feature had once been a Heritage Foundation proposal—and the war that rages over it to this day. Any proposal expanding the government’s role in health care is still virulently opposed by both Republicans and health care profiteers, even if the proposed legislation carves out a space for private health insurance. Even Biden, who by all accounts did not want any part of another health care fight in the early days of the Obama administration, admitted as much later in the debate. “The greed and profiteering of those insurance companies, they are as much against my bill as they are anybody else,” Biden said, in response to a charge from Sanders that the public option doesn’t go far enough in taking on the industry. “They were strongly against Obamacare.”

 

If the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the Affordable Care Act have taught us anything, it’s that incrementalism does not work, and yet Buttigieg clings to this myth. Pundits have sneered at Sanders’ pledge to use his bully pulpit to force Congress’ hand, but his 2020 rival is employing the same basic logic, albeit without even pretending as if he wants to mobilize working-class voters. “We are at the cusp of building a new American majority to actually do things that congressmen and senators have been talking about with almost no impact for my entire adult life,” Buttigieg said. (He was criticizing O’Rourke’s gun buyback plan, but the sentiment could be applied just as easily to health care.)

Much more at the link above.   Hugs

See the stupidity they want you to believe

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Drugs, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:28

Unless

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:27

October 27, 2019

Medical care is fast going out of the reach of a majority of the population.

Filed under: Criminal, Drugs, Economics, Family, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 03:37

The current system is not sustainable and all in the healthcare industry know this.  The problem is those trying hard to milk the very last profits they can out of the system, with out regard for the millions who are left with no healthcare and will die from it.  This article lays out the numbers, step by step.  I do disagree with some aspects of the article, such as the assertion that drug costs are not raising the cost of healthcare.   That is proven wrong.  All the evidence shows the rising cost of medications is due to the taking of obscene profits not need of manufacturing or development.   Please take a read.   Hugs

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/americans-spend-twice-as-much-on-health-care-today-as-in-the-1980s.html

The biggest reason for the increase is insurance costs, which have grown by 740% since 1984, Clever calculates. The average American paid about $3,400 for insurance alone in 2018.

Employer-based insurance for families costs about $20,576 this year, about a 5% increase from last year. Yet families are still on the hook for an average of $6,015 in out-of-pocket expenses, which is about a 71% increase over the past 10 years.

These increases in insurance premiums have actually outpaced wages, which grew by about 3.4% over the past year and 26% over the past decade, according to Kaiser. Experts agree that wages are not keeping pace with the rising costs of health care.

“There is growing evidence that cost protections have eroded for those who have employer-sponsored health coverage, putting the burden of health care costs on workers and their families,” says David Blumenthal, president of the health care policy foundation The Commonwealth Fund.

Reasons we need Medicare For All

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 03:24

October 26, 2019

Medicare for All would give most U.S. workers “the biggest take-home pay raise in a generation

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:11

Health care is a right, not a profit center.

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 04:29

Pass this on. Health care is a right, not a profit center.

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