Category: Health Care
This is Capitalism #4 – No Money? No Care! Baltimore patient dumped outside in freezing cold!
| January 14, 2018 | 5:55 pm | class struggle, Health Care | No comments

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This is Capitalism #4 – No Money? No Care! Baltimore patient dumped outside in freezing cold!

This is Capitalism No #4
Shocking video shows security guards of the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus wheeling a disoriented patient out onto the street in just her gown and dumping her alone at a bus stop in the freezing cold.
Muskegon Labor Council endorses HR 676, national single payer legislation
| November 28, 2017 | 7:51 pm | Health Care, HR 676, Single Payer 676 | No comments

Ryan Bennett, Chair of the Lakeshore Community Labor Council in Muskegon, reports that his council has endorsed HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, national single payer legislation.

 

“We believe that the only long term solution to affordable health care in this country is single payer.  Our members are tired of seeing our already dwindling take home pay eaten up by unsustainable increases in health care costs,” said Bennett.  The labor council represents multiple unions along Michigan’s west coast.

 

The Lakeshore Community Labor Council is the 155th council in the nation to endorse HR 676 and the 6th one in the state of Michigan to do so.

 

The resolution passed by the Lakeshore Community Labor Council is reprinted below:

 

Union Resolution in Support of HR 676,

National Single Payer Legislation,

Expanded and Improved Medicare for All

 

Although capable of great medicine, America’s health care system is in deep trouble.  In spite of efforts to regulate the insurance industry, for-profit health insurance companies are finding ways to skirt the law.   The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, made it possible for some of the uninsured to find coverage, but did not resolve the problem that health insurance companies are pricing care beyond our means.

Unions have battled to achieve the highest standards of health care for members and their families, and those gains have lifted up health benefits for all workers, even those who have no union.  All of these achievements are now under constant attack as costs rise and employers seek to shift those costs to workers.  Union multiemployer health plans are struggling under the unfair advantages allowed to non-union companies.  Rising co-pays and deductibles make it more difficult for those who have insurance to get the care they need.  The upcoming excise tax will make things worse.

Employers seek to drop health benefits for early retirees, for spouses, for part timers.  Some corporations use bankruptcy laws to shirk their contractual health care obligations.  The rising cost of health insurance is blocking progress in wages and other areas.

Insurance companies rather than patients are deciding what doctors we can see and what hospitals we can use.  Drug company profits soar as, so far, congress has not used the power of bulk purchasing to bring down the prices.  The US spends double per capita what other industrialized nations spend, yet ranks far below in life expectancy and infant mortality.

We deserve better.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Firefighters don’t ask us to pay before they save our families from burning houses.  They just proceed to do the right thing.  Health care is just as important as fire protection.  Lives are at stake and all of us should have the best care that this wealthy nation has the ability to provide.  Our tax dollars subsidize the research, the medical schools, and the hospitals.  Unions led the way in other industrialized countries to assure universal coverage with good care through a form of single payer.  We can do it too.

Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) has introduced HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.  HR 676 will establish a single payer health care system by expanding a greatly improved Medicare to cover everyone. It will restore our right to choose our physicians and free us from insurance company interference in medical decisions.  It will free our health care from corporate control.

HR 676 will cover everyone for all necessary medical care including dental, prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care, chiropractic, eyeglasses, hearing aides, other medical devices and long term care.

HR 676 will end deductibles and co-payments.

HR 676 will save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and by using our purchasing power to rein in the drug companies.  The transition to national health insurance would apply the savings from administration and profits to expanded and improved coverage for all.

By standing up for all working people and leading the effort to win healthcare for all, we will affirm labor’s rightful role as a leader in the fight for social justice.  Bold action by our unions can rally the nation to pass HR 676.

Resolved:

That Lakeshore Community Labor Council wholeheartedly endorses Congressman Conyers’ bill HR 676, “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All,” a single payer health care program.

That LCLC will work with other unions and community groups to build a groundswell of popular support and action for single payer universal health care and HR 676 until we make what is morally right for our nation into what is also politically possible.

That LCLC will send a copy of this resolution to Congressman Conyers, to all members of the U.S. House and Senate, to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, and to the news media.

That LCLC will take other actions to mobilize our members and our community at the grassroots to encourage other members of the House to sign on as co-sponsors of HR 676 and to encourage Senators to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.

_______________________

 

Issued by:

Kay Tillow, Coordinator

All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care–HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551

Email: nursenpo@aol.com
http://unionsforsinglepayer.org
https://www.facebook.com/unionsforsinglepayer

 

HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding a
greatly improved Medicare to everyone residing in the U. S. Patients will
choose their own physicians and hospitals.

HR 676 would cover every person for all necessary medical care including
prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and
preventive care, emergency services, dental (including oral surgery,
periodontics, endodontics), mental health, home health, physical therapy,
rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care and correction,
hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable medical
equipment, palliative care, podiatric care, and long term care.

HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save hundreds of
billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the
private health insurance industry.

HR 676 has been endorsed by 634 union organizations including 155 Central
Labor Councils/Area Labor Federations and 44 state AFL-CIO’s (KY, PA, CT,
OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO, MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX,
IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NV, MA,
RI, NH, ID).

The list of union endorsers.
The sample endorsement resolution.

11/27/2017

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/27/1718939/-Muskegon-Labor-Council-endorses-HR-676-national-single-payer-legislation?_=2017-11-27T20:06:35.765-08:00

House Minority Leader: Republican Plan to Cut Healthcare Will Harm US Veterans
| November 9, 2017 | 7:36 pm | Analysis, Health Care, Veterans, Veterans issues | No comments

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House Minority Leader: Republican Plan to Cut Healthcare Will Harm US Veterans

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The House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that the House Republican proposal to cut Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs by $1.5 trillion will harm the elderly and US veterans who rely on the subsidies.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Republican budget blueprint, she added, would raise taxes for 38 million middle-income households while incentivizing corporations to ship jobs abroad by giving them large tax breaks.

“As we go into Veterans Day weekend, what’s really appalling about their budget is… that they call for cutting $1.5 trillion for medicare and medicaid,” Pelosi said. “Do they not know or do they not care that over a million veterans [are] on medicaid?”

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Pelosi described the proposal as a giveaway to the rich at the expense of the middle class.Moreover, Pelosi said that the Republican leadership drafts the bill “in the dead of night” to rush it through Congress without public review and input from Democratic side. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer repeatedly slammed the process as well, saying that the bill is being drafted on sharp partisan basis.

Senate Republicans plan to unveil their own tax bill on Thursday as lawmakers race to get legislation passed before the end of the year. Reportedly, Senate tax plan will differ significantly from a House version, particularly by completely eliminating state and local tax deductions.

Introducing Medicare for All
| September 14, 2017 | 8:36 pm | Bernie Sanders, Health Care, Medicare for All | 1 Comment

Some big news on Sen. Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill
I have some important news to share with you:
Today — along with 15 co-sponsors — I am officially introducing our Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care legislation that will guarantee health care as a right for every single man, woman and child in the United States of America.
The last time I introduced this bill, it lacked a single co-sponsor.
Today, we have 15.
I want you to know the names of each and every Senator who is standing with us today, then sign my online card thanking them for joining this fight.
Here is the list:
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
But it gets better.
Over the past two months, more than 500,000 people across the country have joined them as citizen co-sponsors of our bill. And in the House of Representatives, for the first time ever, a majority of the Democratic members have signed onto John Conyers’s Medicare-for-all legislation.
There is no doubt about it, momentum is on our side.
It was not long ago that the idea of Medicare for all was dismissed and ridiculed by the corporate media and political establishment of this country. Today, a strong majority of Americans understand that it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide health care for all.
But we still have a long way to go.
Because the truth is, the insurance companies and drug companies in this country are extraordinarily powerful and they are not going down without a fight. They have obscene amounts of wealth and have used that money to protect a dysfunctional system that allows them to make billions in profits while leaving far too many Americans behind.
But in my view, the people of this country have had enough of the greed and recklessness of these industries.
We understand that it is a moral outrage that the United States is the only nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee health care as a right to all of its people.
We believe it is a national emergency that 28 million of our sisters and brothers lack health care coverage and that many more are underinsured with high deductibles and copayments.
We are tired of going to the pharmacy to get medicine we need and the price triples for no other reason than because the drug companies now have the right to charge as much as they like. Unbelievably, one out of five adults under the age of 65 in this country who gets a prescription from a doctor cannot afford to get it filled.
The American people are sick and tired of a health care system that spends twice as much per capita as countries around the world but has worse outcomes. All while the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry reward their executives with outrageous compensation packages.
All of us get sick.
All of us need medicine.
All of us have accidents.
All of us need good quality health care.
In my view, the function of a rational health care system in this country should be to provide quality care for everyone in a cost effective way, not to make health industry CEOs richer or drive up stock prices on Wall Street.
Even with growing support in Congress, we are still taking on much of the political and financial establishment in this fight. But when we are united, when we stand together, we are more powerful than they could ever imagine.
Sisters and Brothers: In this pivotal moment in American history, let us lead our country forward to guarantee health care as a right and not a privilege. This is a struggle whose time has come. This is a struggle not just about health care but about the heart and soul of our country, about what we stand for as a people.
Please remember that when we stand together and do not let allow demagogues to divide us up by race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.
That is the political revolution.
In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders Completely Dismantles GOP Argument Against Single Payer In 60 Seconds

Bernie Sanders Completely Dismantles GOP Argument Against Single Payer In 60 Seconds

“We have a Medicare system right now. It is a good system. … Let’s expand that program to every man, woman, and child. It’s not a scary proposition.”

Bernie Sanders Completely Dismantles GOP Argument Against Single Payer In 60 Seconds

Republicans have long sought to scare Americans into thinking that the U.S. health care system must put profits above people.

Their efforts to prevent the passage of the Affordable Care Act and their more recent attempts to undermine and repeal the law, which has given coverage to millions, provide ample evidence of this.

As Democrats now look to build upon Obamacare with a new proposal to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system, it’s likely the GOP effort to scare people into opposing it will again kick into high gear.

On Wednesday’s edition of All In with Chris Hayes, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – fresh off of proposing his own Medicare-for-all plan – dismantled the Republican arguments against the new proposal in the span of a minute.

Sanders said:

It is screwed up when thousands of people die each year because they can’t get to the doctor when they need to get to the doctor. It is screwed up when we are spending $10,000 per person on health care – almost 18 percent of the GDP – and the projection is if we don’t make real changes, we’re going to spend $49 trillion over the next ten years, 20 percent of our GDP, which will have very negative impacts on our economy. So you’ve got a screwed up system now. The point to be made – and I know that there will be a lot of disinformation getting out there – but the point to be made is that this is is not a government takeover of your health care system. We have a Medicare system right now. It is a good system. … Let’s expand that program to every man, woman, and child. It’s not a scary proposition. 

The Vermont senator is correct on two fronts.

Not only does the current health care system have too many flaws that put too many Americans at risk of going bankrupt or not getting the care they need, but the program that Sanders and other Democrats are now putting forward is not a radical or sinister idea.

It puts people ahead of profits, and in the long term would be far more cost effective than the system we currently have. It’s simply expanding an already-existing and popular program that millions of Americans already enjoy: Medicare.

The Affordable Care Act was a substantial and historic step in the right direction, but it’s time to fight Republican efforts and go the rest of the way in guaranteeing health care to every American.

Sanders unveils single-payer bill to cheers from supporters
Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare For All’ Bill

Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare For All’ Bill
Sen. Bernie Sanders is proposing legislation that would let Americans get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card. And they’d no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles. (Sept. 13)
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportBernie Sanders’s ‘Medicare for all’ bill needs to passClinton ‘dumbfounded’ by Comey letter days before electionMORE (I-Vt.) unveiled his single-payer health-care plan on Wednesday to cheers and a brief “Medicare for all” chant from supporters.

Nine Senate Democrats joined Sanders for the unveiling, with two possible presidential candidates, Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payerSchumer noncommittal on Sanders’s ‘Medicare for all’ bill Where Dems stand on Sanders’s single-payer billMORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSchumer noncommittal on Sanders’s ‘Medicare for all’ bill Where Dems stand on Sanders’s single-payer billThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportMORE (N.Y.), getting into the camera shot.

“The American people want to know what we’re going to do to fix a dysfunctional health-care system, which costs us twice as much” per person as any other country, Sanders said at the opening of the press conference, casting aside speculation by the media about what the bill might mean politically for Democrats.

At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired at the Democratic proposal, calling it a “horrible” idea that would put government further in charge of Americans’ health care.She also belittled Sanders, saying that if his ideas were as popular as he thought, he would have won last year’s Democratic primary and been elected president.

Sanders has seen support for his proposal grow. In 2013, a similar bill garnered no co-sponsors. Sanders already has 16 fellow senators on his bill this time, though centrists and party leaders have shied away from direct endorsements.

The bill would expand Medicare into a national health insurance program, extending comprehensive health insurance to every U.S. resident. Many services would have no co-payments under the Sanders approach.

The program would be rolled out over a four-year period, with the eligibility age dropping every year until every U.S. resident is covered.

Those aged 18 and under would automatically be eligible in the first year.

The program, which would essentially separate health insurance from employment, would cover a full range of benefits, including inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment and maternity care.

Sanders also released options to finance his single-player plan, which caught heat during his presidential bid for its high cost.

This includes a 7.5 percent income-based premium to be paid by employers, a 4 percent income-based premium to be paid by households, changes to the estate tax and a new tax on the top 0.1 percent of Americans based on income.

Already, about 30 national liberal organizations and unions have endorsed the bill, including MoveOn.org, Food and Water Watch and National Nurses United.

The trade group for insurance companies immediately announced its opposition.

The plan was announced the same day Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators make last-ditch bid to repeal ObamaCareOvernight Health Care: Dem leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer bill | Last-ditch ObamaCare repeal effort struggles for votes | Dems press Trump on ObamaCare outreach fundsMcConnell on last ditch ObamaCare repeal: Find the votesMORE (R-La.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators make last-ditch bid to repeal ObamaCareOvernight Health Care: Dem leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer bill | Last-ditch ObamaCare repeal effort struggles for votes | Dems press Trump on ObamaCare outreach fundsGutiérrez defends attacks on Kelly, calls top Trump aide ‘mean’MORE (R-S.C.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerGOP senators make last-ditch bid to repeal ObamaCareGOP braces for Bannon primary attacksOvernight Health Care: Dem leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer bill | Last-ditch ObamaCare repeal effort struggles for votes | Dems press Trump on ObamaCare outreach fundsMORE (R-Nev.) unveiled their plan to repeal ObamaCare in a last-ditch effort to gut former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportObama to host global summit in ChicagoClinton ‘dumbfounded’ by Comey letter days before electionMORE’s signature legislation. Many view it as unlikely to pass, and the GOP only has until the end of the month to repeal ObamaCare and avoid a Democratic filibuster.

The Sanders plan has no real chance of becoming law with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House but is likely to be a touchstone in the years to come.