Category Archives: Healthcare

In order to pass a Medicare-for-all, single payer system we will be taking on the most powerful special interests in the country: Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the corporate media, the Republican Party and the establishment wing of the Democratic Party. In opposition to our efforts there will be a never-ending barrage of TV ads, editorials, political attacks and lies.

– Bernie Sanders

Obamacare still not affordable for working poor

This doesn’t apply to people who qualify for Medicaid. This is about Americans who fall into the category of the working poor. They earn to much for Medicaid but not enough to afford quality healthcare.

Why are we penalizing the working poor for not being able to afford Obamacare?

Furthermore, the mandate is not pushing enough people into insurance who don’t have it, particularly among lower waged workers. Studies are finding that at about $40,000 the maximum participation is achieved. Lower income families are simply paying the penalty, because it’s cheaper than the insurance bite.

I say this as an overall supporter of the Affordable Care Act. It’s helping the middle class and those in poverty but if the states don’t expand Medicaid coverage then there is a HUGE gap to fill.

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Fiorina is dead wrong Obamacare is helping people

How bad is this comment?

“Look, I’m a cancer survivor, okay?” Fiorina told moderator Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network. “I understand that you cannot have someone who’s battled cancer just become known as a pre-existing condition. I understand that you cannot allow families to go bankrupt if they truly need help. But, I also understand that Obamacare isn’t helping anyone.”

I know many people who are glad to have health coverage for the first time in years, when the system that Fiorina would’ve been fine with had them with no health care.

The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect but at its core it IS helping a lot of people. It’s helping me right now as I’m in between jobs.

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Could Big Pharma and Big Healthcare turn against Republians?

It seems very likely that with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) being fully impelemented and ingrained within society, that big business may actually turn against the Republicans for trying to repeal the law.

As part of the cost-sharing reduction, the federal government pays part of the premium for those whose income is up to two and a half times the poverty threshold ($29,175 for an individual). The Congressional Budget Office estimates that these payments could equal as much as $175 billion over the next 10 years. These payments are at issue in the Boehner lawsuit, as well as a case that is currently at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Both of these cases could directly affect health insurance companies’ bottom lines.

via Health Insurers Fight Republican Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act.

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Why Ebola outbreak resembles AIDS outbreak of yesteryear

Think about it. Everything boils down to race and then class.

Gierstorfer points out “there are many paralleles between AIDS and the current Ebola outbreak.” He notes “the virus jumped from animals to humans because we come in ever closer contact with wildlife; Africians consume bush-meat because they often have no other choice; deforestation and habitat fragmentation increase the likelihood of new pathogens crossing the species barrier.”

He argues that the Ebola crisis was made worse by the “late response by the international community, just like during the emergence of HIV.” “Only when Ebola became a threat to people in Europe and America did politicians and the public wake up to the threat of another pandemic.”

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Vermont! Fight for single-payer healthcare it’s in danger!

It looks like Governor Shumlin is wavering in his support for the proposed single-payer health plan for the state of Vermont.

From the Vermont Worker’s Center quoting the Rutland Hearld:

“At his Wednesday news conference, Shumlin seemed to retreat from his steadfast commitment to a single-payer health care proposal, now promising to continue reform efforts for universal, affordable and quality health care but not mentioning single payer.”

If you live in Vermont you might want to call the governor and put pressure on him to keep fighting for the single-payer system.

Call Governor Shumlin today at: 802-828-3333

Tell him: “Healthcare is a Human Right – Stay on track towards a universal, publicly financed healthcare system for Vermont!”

You can also email Governor Shumlin here.

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Nationals Nurses United says nurses not trained for Ebola

Nationals Nurses United has come out with a statement saying that hospitals are not training or protecting nurses well enough to deal with the Ebola issue.

Eighty percent of nurses say their hospitals haven’t communicated any policy for handling potential Ebola admissions, according to the nation’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United.

“Respondents to the survey from all across the U.S. are telling us, just like I’m seeing, the hospitals are not changing what they’re doing and the preparedness is not getting through to the front line caregivers,” said Stephen Frum, chief shop steward at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

Considering that there are two health care workers in Dallas who have now contracted Ebola, I’d say that this is a serious problem that hospital administrations need to be shamed into addressing.

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The English people need to save the National Health Service

Britain’s National Health Service to many is a sacred cow. It is comparable to how Canadians view their health care system or Americans view Social Security Insurance. Created on the heels of the most destructive world war known to mankind, the National Health Service was given life by a Labour government following the recommendations of economist William Beveridge. At its inception the NHS was to be a program of universal health care that covered people of all economic classes. Whether you were rich or poor, no one would be denied.

Of course the idea of the NHS drove conservatives and free market fundamentalists mad. The idea that a government could spend on things other than the military and actually fulfill the will of its people was deemed blasphemous, but instead of throwing in the towel these ideologues rolled up their sleeves and dug in for the long haul to kill the welfare state. If it couldn’t be done all at once then it’s death would come by a thousand cuts or as the conservative American high priest Ronald Reagan once said, “starving the beast.”

What first started out as the agenda of the right wing, eventually neoliberalism invaded the body of the center-left, as it was to be New Labour that carried the Trojan horse of privatization into the halls of the National Health Service.

From a discussion on the NHS published in Counterpunch:

In 1997 the Labour government had its, had its chance to reverse the privatisation and marketization policies, to get rid of the private finance initiative and they had a very good Secretary of State who was quite determined to some of that….

Tariq Ali: Frank Dobson?

Allyson Pollock: Frank Dobson. But they got rid of him extra quick and instead of which we got Alan Milburn and his ten-year plan and now he has gone off to join the very healthcare companies that he helped to build up. And I mean I think that is the tragedy as when that bill was going through parliament to abolish the NHS, many of the peers, and many of the MPs had conflicts of interests because they had actually interest in the healthcare companies that they were establishing.

So it was ultimately greed that sold out the British people in the end and while it was the Labour government of the past who began the walk down this dark road, it is the Conservative Party of today that remains far more dangerous to the NHS.

It is up to the people of England to rescue their health care system. You cannot trust any political party to protect the NHS. You have to organize, mobilize and vote to hold the party or parties in power in check.

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