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Common Dreams @commondreams 4h4 hours ago

 
 

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just called out the United States for failing to ensure that all Americans have healthcare and urged elected leaders to adopt a universal, publicly-funded system.

 

.... Ban declared that it is "unethical" and "politically wrong, morally wrong" to deprive people of healthcare, which he sees as a "human right." Noting that the United States is "the most resourceful and richest country in the world," he said, "Nobody would understand why almost 30 million people are not covered by insurance."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/25/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-us-profit-health-system-politically-and-morally-wrong

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Fed chair: Health care to blame for deficit

The Federal Reserve may primarily deal with monetary policy and financial regulation, but Fed Chair Jerome Powell called out the U.S. healthcare system that’s contributing to a ballooning federal budget deficit during the Fed meeting press conference on Wednesday.

“It’s no secret: It’s been true for a long time that with our uniquely expensive healthcare delivery system and the aging of our population, we’ve been on an unsustainable fiscal path for a long time,” Powell said while answering a question by Yahoo Finance’s Myles Udland. “And there’s no hiding from it.”

Federal spending on health care (mostly Medicare and Medicaid) has risen from 14.4% of all federal outlays in 1990 to about 31% in 2018 — one of the main reasons the national debt is $21.5 trillion and growing. And the amount of money Americans spend on health care is likely to rise by about 5.5% per year for the next several years, according to government projections on health spending through 2026. 

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/powell-uniquely-expensive-healthcare-system-will-catch-us-212627406.html

 

- Get ready. If the Republicans maintain control of Congress, and especially if Trump is re-elected in 2020, these programs will be butchered. 

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This chart explains why Americans are so angry about health care

And why they’re becoming more open to the idea of single-payer.

This chart shows that, over the past decade, the size our insurance deductibles have skyrocketed. Deductibles have grown by 212 percent since 2008 — eight times faster than wage growth, and 12 times faster than inflation. ...

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/5/17943078/chart-americans-angry-health-care

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USA TODAY OpinionVerified account @usatodayopinion 3h3 hours ago

 
 

Statement by Bill Sternberg, editorial page editor, USA TODAY: USA TODAY Opinion provides a forum for a diversity of views on issues of national relevance. We see ourselves as America’s conversation center, presenting our readers with voices from the right, left and middle.

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NewsweekVerified account @Newsweek 2h2 hours ago

 
 

Chuck Schumer fact checks Trump's op-ed with more than a dozen corrections http://bit.ly/2PsHvmy 

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(like THIS guy is capable of writing ANYthing longer than a Tweet??)

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Donald Trump: Democrats 'Medicare for All' plan will demolish promises to seniors

Donald J. Trump Published 3:15 a.m. ET Oct. 10, 2018
     

The Democrats want to outlaw private health care plans, taking away freedom to choose plans while letting anyone cross our border...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/10/donald-trump-democrats-open-borders-medicare-all-single-payer-column/1560533002/

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In public, lawmakers scold drug distributors.

Come campaign season, they accept their cash willingly

"............In the run-up to next month’s midterm elections, the country’s three largest distributors alone have given nearly $3 million to congressional campaigns. Key lawmakers from both parties — including many of the ones who publicly shamed the companies for their role in the crisis — have accepted the contributions eagerly.

According to a STAT analysis of the current cycle’s campaign finance disclosures, two of the three largest distributors are on pace to exceed their campaign donations from 2016 — a notable increase, since campaign spending tends to stagnate in years without a presidential election.

 

In many cases, the largest contributions have gone to lawmakers who oversee investigations into those distributors or who play key roles in determining health care and drug policy..............

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/in-public-lawmakers-scold-drug-distributors-come-campaign-season-they-accept-their-cash-willingly

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Marissa D. Barrera @mdb2 Nov 22

 

Alec Smith died 3 days before his next paycheck, waiting to buy insulin.

• He aged off his mom’s insurance

• His job didn’t offer coverage

• He got a promotion making $40k/yr, too much for ACA subsidies or pharma assistance programs

• The cash price of his insulin was $1,300

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47 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Marissa D. Barrera @mdb2 Nov 22

 

Alec Smith died 3 days before his next paycheck, waiting to buy insulin.

• He aged off his mom’s insurance

• His job didn’t offer coverage

He got a promotion making $40k/yr, too much for ACA subsidies or pharma assistance programs

• The cash price of his insulin was $1,300

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OBAMACARE SUBSIDY AMOUNTS BY INCOME

https://www.financialsamurai.com/subsidy-amounts-by-income-limits-for-the-affordable-care-act-obamacare/

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2 hours ago, hamradio said:

* Phaseout levels: Income of $94,200 or higher for a family of four, $78,000 for a family of three, $62,000 for a married couple with no kids,

and $45,960 for single individuals will no longer receive government health care subsidies.

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Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy

NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago.

The increase partly reflects the nation’s growing and aging population. But it’s deaths in younger age groups — particularly middle-aged people — that have had the largest impact on calculations of life expectancy, experts said.

“These sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable,” Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC’s director, said in a statement.

The suicide death rate last year was the highest it’s been in at least 50 years, according to U.S. government records. There were more than 47,000 suicides, up from a little under 45,000 the year before.

A GENERAL DECLINE

For decades, U.S. life expectancy was on the upswing, rising a few months nearly every year. Now it’s trending the other way: It fell in 2015, stayed level in 2016, and declined again last year, the CDC said.

 

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https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/index.html

Suicide rising across the US

More than a mental health concern

Overview

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress. Making sure government, public health, healthcare, employers, education, the media and community organizations are working together is important for preventing suicide. Public health departments can bring together these partners to focus on comprehensive state and community efforts with the greatest likelihood of preventing suicide.

States and communities can:

  • Identify and support people at risk of suicide.
  • Teach coping and problem-solving skills to help people manage challenges with their relationships, jobs, health, or other concerns.
  • Promote safe and supportive environments. This includes safely storing medications and firearms to reduce access among people at risk.
  • Offer activities that bring people together so they feel connected and not alone.
  • Connect people at risk to effective and coordinated mental and physical healthcare.
  • Expand options for temporary help for those struggling to make ends meet.
  • Prevent future risk of suicide among those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
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Establishment looks to crush liberals on Medicare for All

".........Deep-pocketed hospital, insurance and other lobbies are plotting to crush progressives’ hopes of expanding the government's role in health care once they take control of the House. The private-sector interests, backed in some cases by key Obama administration and Hillary Clinton campaign alumni, are now focused on beating back another prospective health care overhaul, including plans that would allow people under 65 to buy into Medicare.

 

This sets up a potentially brutal battle between establishment Democrats who want to preserve Obamacare and a new wave of progressive House Democrats who ran on single-payer health care.

"We know the insurance companies and the pharma companies are all putting tens of millions of dollars into trying to defeat us,"........

 

These interest groups contend that, after a decade of upheaval in health care, the public would prefer simple fixes that strengthen the ACA over a headlong rush into another dramatic overhaul of the system.

But House progressives, buoyed by voter enthusiasm and a surge of single-payer support among the party's base, have other ideas. Among their high-profile agenda items is "Medicare for All" legislation........

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/10/establishment-democrats-progressive-medicare-1052215,

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