Friday, January 13, 2017

"Repeal and replace" is doomed to fail because Republicans will never find a plan they like more than Obamacare — Quartz

"Repeal and replace" is doomed to fail because Republicans will never find a plan they like more than Obamacare — Quartz

19 Women On Why Repealing The ACA Could Hurt Women | The Huffington Post

19 Women On Why Repealing The ACA Could Hurt Women | The Huffington Post

Man credits Obamacare for saving his life, confronts Paul Ryan

If we want to be prepared for pushing signal payer / Medicare for All to counter what the Republicans will propose to replace the ACA, we need to listen to their arguments.  Here is one about block granting to, health savings accounts and state run high risk pools. Those did not work but we need to get facts and stories to counter this B.S.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Results In Tax Cuts For The Rich; Tax Increases And Lost Insurance For The Rest

Obamacare Repeal Results In Tax Cuts For The Rich; Tax Increases And Lost Insurance For The Rest

Chong to Leitch: Isn’t public health care a Canadian value?

Chong to Leitch: Isn’t public health care a Canadian value?
Some important points we need to push in the U S of A:
"...it’s important we have universal access and that nobody goes without health care who can’t afford it...Canadians are proud of their public heath care system, that it’s a fundamental Canadian value that we look after someone who gets sick and “they shouldn’t have to bankrupt themselves to pay for healthcare".."

To the editor: Some basic facts to consider about health care - Columbia-Greene Media: Opinion

To the editor: Some basic facts to consider about health care - Columbia-Greene Media: Opinion
"What benefit has resulted from putting the insurance industry in charge of much of our nation’s health care?
Improved health? We rank far down the list of developed nations.
Cost? U. S. health care costs much more than other developed countries.
Cost control? Medical cost growth outpaces inflation.
Coverage? Even with Obamacare, many remain without coverage.
Financial security? Medical costs are a leading cause of bankruptcy.
If the health insurance industry has little benefit, and other nations do better with what is essentially “Medicare for All”, why shouldn’t we go that route?"

Friday, January 6, 2017

Speak Your Piece: Single-payer universal healthcare is best option

Speak Your Piece: Single-payer universal healthcare is best option
"The Republican approach is to make health care and health insurance market based. Free it up for competition between private, for-profit providers and that will solve the cost control problem. I think that's entirely appropriate for things like buying a TV, a car, a home, etc. For matters of necessity like police and fire protection — and healthcare — I'm not convinced that's the proper approach. I've come to believe for matters such as healthcare and health insurance, a single payer, universal system is the simplest and most effective approach."

The Health Care Plan Trump Voters Really Want - The New York Times

The Health Care Plan Trump Voters Really Want - The New York Times

Poll: Only One In Five Want Obamacare Repeal Without Replace

Poll: Only One In Five Want Obamacare Repeal Without Replace

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Health Care in the United States: A Right or a Privilege | Health Care Reform | JAMA | The JAMA Network

Health Care in the United States: A Right or a Privilege | Health Care Reform | JAMA | The JAMA Network
JAMA
January 3, 2017
Editorial
Health Care in the United States: A Right or a Privilege
By Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief, JAMA

The United States is about to embark on a great challenge: how to modify the current system of providing health care coverage for its citizens. However, the fundamental underlying question remains unanswered and was rarely mentioned during the past 8 years—Is health care coverage a basic right or a privilege (regardless of how that coverage is provided or who provides it)? Until that question is debated and answered, it may not be possible to reach consensus on the ultimate goal of further health care reform. Without agreeing to the goal, measuring success will be nearly impossible.

The months and years ahead are filled with uncertainty regarding how the US health care system will evolve.

The ACA needs to be modified, even though it has accomplished a great deal, principally by expanding the number of newly insured individuals. However, much remains to be accomplished, including how to ensure high-quality, affordable health insurance for all residents and how to control the continual increases in annual health care spending, now exceeding $3 trillion.

Sorting out the most effective way to provide health care coverage in the United States is a work in progress and will require careful assessment and likely repeated changes. If the goals of further health care reform are clear and are measured but are not reached, then it will be necessary to return to previous discussions that have included a public option, a single-payer system, lowering the eligibility for Medicare, or further privatization of the health care system.

I hope that all physicians, including those who are members of Congress, other health care professionals, and professional societies would speak with a single voice and say that health care is a basic right for every person, and not a privilege to be available and affordable only for a majority. The solution for how to achieve health care coverage for all may be uniquely American, but it is an exceedingly important and worthy goal, emblematic of a fair and just society.

JAMA is granting free access to the full editorial at this link:
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2595503


GOP May Help Us to Demand Single-Payer Healthcare - LA Progressive

GOP May Help Us to Demand Single-Payer Healthcare - LA Progressive
"There is no room for profit in health insurance, because it comes at the expense of medical treatment, period. We need to keep making the case that not only is single-payer the only ethical system of handling our health insurance, it’s the only method that is proven to be economical and this is easy to prove."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats can’t stop - Vox

Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats can’t stop - Vox

Adam W Gaffney on the way forward after Obamacare repeal (with tweets) · DemFromCT · Storify

Adam W Gaffney on the way forward after Obamacare repeal (with tweets) · DemFromCT · Storify

Our country has too long had too many who believe that being poor is being lazy, being unworthy and somehow taking something away from us deserving, hardworking citizens. Also, those many are brainwashed by the elite who need to keep the poor down to maintain and build their wealth. We are even often pushed to believe that being in need of medical care without the ability to pay for it is their fault because of choices they made. This deep seated prejudice is the major reason we have not created a Medicare for All system. Health care needs to be seen as a right, not a privilege. Values and laws changed in MN with the same sex marriage amendment worked a few years back. Take a look at How Love Won to see what needs to be done to change our laws affecting access to health care. https://vimeo.com/158647772