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- Two words: Single Payer
- From the article: "The United States is the only large high-income nation that doesn’t provide universal health care to its citizens. Instead, it maintains a lucrative system of for-profit medicine. For decades, of have occurred each year because health care here is so expensive."
ed - Wouldn't happen with Single Payer.
- "We estimate that non-federal hospital operating budgets will total $17.2 trillion between 2021 and 2030 under current law versus $14.7 trillion under single-payer with global budgeting. This difference reflects $520 billion in foregone profits and $1,984 billion in reduced expenditures on hospital administration"
- From the article: Less choice and higher prices for sick people. Wouldn't happen with Single Payer.
- ...upholding Canada's committment to Single Payer
- "Fully one quarter of all Covid deaths are due to the absence of universal insurance."
- Analogy: Just as the number of deaths of children in car accidents has dramatically decreased with the advent of more and better prevention methods, the same could be true of deaths of children from firearms. That is now the leading cause. Guns don't kill people, people with guns do.
- US has one of the among OECD countries. Low income mothers often don't have access to proper prenatal care in our medical industrial complex. Another problem Medicare for All would avoid. Tragic.
- About 4.5 hrs. per day.
- "U.S. women have the highest rates of avoidable death compared to women in other high-income countries; they are also less likely to have a regular doctor and more likely to report problems paying medical bills or to skip or delay needed care because of costs."
- ACA was Obama’s gift to insurance corporations. Proponents of Medicare for All did not ‘get a seat at the table.'
- "...we find that the VA reduces 28-day mortality by 46%, and 28 day spending by 21%..."
- "Trump exploited low and middle-income white people's anger over their deteriorating life prospects to mobilise racial animus and xenophobia and enlist their support for policies that benefit high-income people and corporations and threaten health. His signature legislative achievement, a trillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and high-income individuals, opened a budget hole that he used to justify cutting food subsidies and health care. His appeals to racism, nativism, and religious bigotry have emboldened white nationalists and vigilantes, and encouraged police violence and, at the end of his term in office, insurrection."
The peer-reviewed study in the most highly esteemed medical journal in America concluded that his leadership led to 40% of the deaths from covid during his administration. The 'budget hole' mentioned above cost the US Treasury .
- New York City is the petrie dish for the world.
- About 167,000 children have lost parents or caregivers.
Drugs developed with government assistance cost up to 10 X the cost of manufacture. Yep, that's capitalism at its finest.
- As of 9/26/21, 687,984 Americans have died of Covid. Total American deaths from the Spanish Flu of 1918: .
- As a very good friend of mine says: "Science is a journey of discovery, not a path to confirmation."
- Daniel Stock, , and , , , , , , , the are all spreading misinformation for their own personal profit. Evidently they are causing hundreds of thousands of deaths - and they're fine with that.
US Longevity is vs other OECD countries 81-84.
in access to health care and .
US health care spending .
and rising are currently uninsured, about of insured.
in terms of access and outcomes.
Financial barriers in Medicare Advantage.
, impoverishing the sick and imperilling lives.
Insurer profits , and even more .
separate, costly and unreliable.
out from billing-laden EHR.
- “They’ve gone out of their minds. There’s just no other way to describe this. This is about the dumbest thing you could imagine because the only people listening to them are their voters. So this is the first time I’ve ever seen a political party advocating things that would harm their voters, maybe even kill their voters.”
- Check out the Comment at the end.
- "The top-performing countries overall are Norway, the Netherlands, and Australia. The United States ranks last overall, despite spending far more of its gross domestic product on health care."
- Zuckerburg will allow anything on FB that gets clicks, without regard to the fact that this is killing the stupid knuckleheads that actually believe it.
- From the report: Medical debt supasses all other kinds in the US and likely shortens lives.
- Americans spend 50% less time in at home care, much more out-of-pocket, more time in nursing homes and nursing home corporations reap the profits.
- How do we pay for it? Why not just implement the public option? Will I still be able to see my doctor under M4A?
- P4P 'merit based' systems are costly to health care providers who participate in them and there is no evidence that sick people benefit in any way. They only add more to the already bloated administrative overhead of our current healtcare systems.
- Typical Democrat negotiation procedure: Concede your main point before bargaining even begins. Exactly how Obamacare was handcrafted by AHIP, the lobbying group for health insurance corporations.
- "Millions of largely white Americans, hermetically sealed within the ideology of the Christian Right, yearn to destroy the 'Satanic' forces they blame for the debacle of their lives. And one such evangelical just killed eight people in Atlanta."
- Dr. Jennifer Doudna. See entry of 10/7/20 below.
- Dems' approach to reform: throw more money at health insurance corporations. .
- Back in mid-2018 Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon, the highly acclaimed 'thought leaders' decided they could solve the health care crisis in the US without the need for government. Did not work out well.
Their conclusion: "We have an employer-based system. A job-based system is a broken system in a world where people are moving every couple of years to different roles and many, many, kinds of jobs." Wonder what they paid in consulting fees to reach this obvious analysis.
Our solution: M4A.
Don McCanne (PNHP):
"I contend that the Haven health reform effort of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon, along with Atul Gawande, was a spectacular success, as an experiment in health policy. They proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the private sector is incapable of fixing our highly dysfunctional health care financing system. The only model that has shown promise is a single payer Medicare for All system. But you cannot set that up as an employer-sponsored system; it will have to be a public system for all the people."
- A concise explanation of how Medicare Advantage allows health insurance corporations to make huge profits on healthy people at the expense of American taxpayers, and then abandon those people when they become really sick.
- We know that about die every year from lack of any heath insurance, and more die from being under-insurance. Cost-sharing is a barrier to care. Cost-sharing kills people. M4A would save per year.
- NYT seems to be on some kind of vendetta to portray China as a big scary place and we should be afraid of them. The truth is that China has and continues have a far greater success rate with Covid than the US. Cases like this show what a propaganda rag the NYT can be sometimes. Details in the article. Is this newspaper trying to cook up an eventual confrontation with China similar to the one they are currently (Feb., 2022) working on with Russia? Or is the eventual strategy to make the BRIC nations our next big enemy?
- In one sentence Biden/Harris have wiped out any chance for M4A for four more years and guaranteed continuing record profits for insurance corporations. That is lobbyist money talking. Very Neo-Liberal.
- Very important article. “The fact that [the variants] are so infectious suggests to me having a better mask is a good idea,” Frieden said. When it comes to avoiding an infection, “a surgical mask is better than a cloth mask, a tight-fitting surgical mask is better than a loose-fitting mask, and an N95 is better than a surgical mask.”
- "Exercise wouldn't necessarily be thought of as the cure, but rather inactivity as the disease. Just move...follow the SHARP dietary protocol: Slash sugar; Hydrate (even being dehydrated a few ounces can affect cognition); Add more omega-3 fatty acids from foods like cold-water fish, nuts, and seeds; Reduce portion; and Plan ahead...Restorative sleep and exercise are antidotes to mental decline...the strength of our relationships is much more essential to our health...focus on eye contact...Do not accept the false idea that brain decline is unavoidable."
- Most transmissions occur from an asymptomatic person.
- Report Conclusion: "The supply-focused framework advanced in this article challenges the long-dominant paradigm among US health economists that health care demand (and costs) must be curbed by forcing patients to have “skin in the game.” Many health care systems have constrained utilization and cost growth without resorting to cost barriers while achieving universal coverage and a more equitable distribution of care. The US can do the same."
- Is this any way to finance our health care system?
- This is one of several access-to-healthcare issues that would be addressed by 'Improved M4A'.
- Now that Congress acknowledges the industry for what it is, perhaps soon they'll be ready to take the next step.
- Once again, USA comes in dead last. The top 10 all have some form of government subsidized basic healthcare for all. We don’t.
- All government funding totalled about $2.5 Billion, plus $1M from Dolly Parton (0.04%). Moderna spent nothing on it.
- Joining American College of Physicians and Society of General Internal Medicine.
- Lays out a very simple explanation for why this is true.
- And a historic day for in America.
- This is great news for anyone in a Covid risk group. If administered within 10 days of the first symptoms, it has been shown to reduce disease progression and the need for hospitalization.
- These two scientists have develped the Crispr technique which is an easy way to edit DNA. It was instrumental in for spurring the production of
- From the article: In addition: $456M to Johnson & Johnson, $486M to Moderna, $1.2B to AstraZeneca, $628M to Emergent Biosolutions. No mention of any sort of as to how these companies use the money, or the taxpayers per dose.
- This study, from Yale University, concludes that Medicare For All would save $450 Billion and 68,000 lives per year. Discussion on , and . Currently the US pays per-capita and %GNP costs of all other developed countries, we have some of (longevity, child mortality, obesity, etc.), and then the next most expensive countries - Switzerland, Norway. The majority of Americans are in favor of Medicare For All. Polls: 1/30/20, 10/15/19, 1/23/19, 10/22/18, 8/23/18, 4/4/17, 1/13/17, 5/16/16. But America is , it’s . So the majority doesn’t matter anymore.
- Simplified billing, negotiated drug pricing, and global budgets for hospitals (just like police and fire departments) are the main drivers of the $500 billion yearly savings.
- About 60% of Americans are in favor of safe and legal abortion. That number has remained fairly stable for a very long time.
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