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Universal medical care, poverty in the USA, and some solutions
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Compassion for each of us is needed desperately now.

Compassion for each of us is needed desperately now. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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Occupy Wall St.

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We keep trying to find housing, but capitalism keeps getting in the way.
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Cruel.

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Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life

Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories.
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Public health is so compromised here in the USA.

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Health Care Reform Thought Bubble

The people at http://thoughtbubble.org/ used the audio of a video I made to create this amazing Thought Bubble. SUBSCRIBE TO THEM at http://www.youtube.com/t...
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Fast watching. Straight talk.  I'm also unsure about his assessment of what the public option would be,  and what medicare currently is because single payer takes many forms all over the world.  It is a complex orchestration of national needs and wants in each place.

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Dying Young in America | Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 – Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on aging, held a hearing today to discuss the extraordinary disparities in life expectancy that exist between regions of the United States and even neighborhoods within cities.

 

    Sanders said that a recurring theme from witnesses was that “poverty in America is in fact very expensive.”  He added, “If people don’t have access to health care, if they don’t have access to education, if they don’t have access to jobs and affordable housing then we end up paying not only in terms of human suffering and the shortening of life expectancy but in actual dollars"...

 

Sabrina Shrader, another witness, grew up in McDowell County, W. Va., where the men have the same average life expectancy as men in Botswana or Namibia. Women in her hometown die younger than women in El Salvador or Mongolia. 

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By Robert Reich, 11.01.13

Today, more than 47 million Americans lose some or all of their food stamp benefits because Congress can’t agree on a new farm bill. Most are in families whose breadwinners have a job but the job doesn’t pay enough to lift them out of poverty. Almost 22 percent of America’s children are now poor, and the typical family continues to lose ground. In fact, most Americans are still hurting: In the most recent Washington Post-ABC poll, 75 percent rated the state of the economy as “negative” or “poor.” So why does Congress continue to whack away at services so many Americans desperately need? Why is all the discussion in Washington about deficits instead of about jobs and inequality? I blame Republicans but Democrats in Washington bear some of the responsibility. In last year’s fiscal cliff debate neither party pushed to extend the payroll tax holiday or find other ways to help the working middle class and working poor. Here’s a clue: A new survey of families in the top 10 percent of net worth (done by the American Affluence Research Center) shows they’re feeling better than they’ve felt since 2007, before the Great Recession -- largely because they own 80 percent of the stock market, and the stock market is up 24 percent this year. The top 10 percent provide almost all campaign contributions. And almost all members of Congress are drawn from their ranks. The bottom 90 percent of Americans -- most of whom are still suffering from the Great Recession -- are less and less visible. 

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More malnourished kids, sicker kids, frustrated and sicker parents, all without enough to eat.  

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Peter Dreier on a New Generation of Activists

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Historian Peter Dreier shares why he is optimistic about America's future, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss.

 

MORE:http://truth-out.org/news/item/19660-peter-dreier-on-a-new-generation-of-activists

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Right-Wing on the War Path Against Single-Payer

Right-Wing on the War Path Against Single-Payer | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Hello single-payer advocates! It is Duell Lauderdale, President of MU Tigers for Universal Health Care. Been a bit of an interesting trend on the internet lately. I think the right-wing knows that ...
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They spread the myths. We have the facts.

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From Obamacare to Single-Payer: An interview with Benjamin Day of Healthcare-NOW! | Mickey Z.

From Obamacare to Single-Payer: An interview with Benjamin Day of Healthcare-NOW! | Mickey Z. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Benjamin Day says: People who believe passionately that health care needs to be a right can add more to this movement than they probably know!
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Being thought of as a "customer" of medical care is wrong on so many levels.-Margaret

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Rashid Nuri Sustainable Farmer Discussing GMO in Interview and Film by Matthew James Bradley

Rashid Nuri Sustainable Farmer appeared at the GMO Conference at Morehouse Medical College in Atlanta with Jeffrey Smith and Dr. David Abernathy Discussing G...
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Fantastic!  Healthy food!

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This guy is being the change that he wants to see...Fantastic!

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His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.

His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Be the smartest person at your next cocktail party by repeating this whole sickeningly fact-checked speech.
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Margaret Reeve Panahi's curator insight, September 18, 2013 9:48 AM

Health care costs.  Whaddya do?  Super smart and thoughtful guy talks about it.

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What the Prince of Cambridge can teach the United States about the benefits of a single payer health care system

What the Prince of Cambridge can teach the United States about the benefits of a single payer health care system | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

By: Dave Sterrett

 

..... Not only are the UK’s health outcomes for infants better, but they produce these results at a fraction of the cost of health care spending in the United States. The UK spends 9.6 percent of its GDP on health care, versus the 17.6 percent we spend in the United States. Health care spending in the UK is $3,433 per capita, but a whopping $8,233 per capita in the United States. Finally, the average out-of-pocket health care costs for citizens in the UK is $306, while it’s $970 in the United States. The UK holds costs down even with a greater portion of its population over 65 than the United States (16.5 percent vs. 13.1 percent).

How can the United Kingdom achieve better health outcomes with lower health care costs while covering a larger percentage of its population?  Through its single-payer system, which cuts out the middle man of private health insurance.

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Better health care for everyone in the UK, which costs a lot less to provide.

Really.  It's that true.

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Single-Payer Bill Takes Yet Another Bow in NY

Single-Payer Bill Takes Yet Another Bow in NY | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
At a time when HIX critics in Red States continue to pummel the exchanges and Blue State proponents adopt a defensive posture, there s actually a plan afoot to establish a statewide single-payer health plan albeit in one of the nation s most liberal regions.

Via Coffee Party USA
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Great News.  Vermont has already passed a law to start this, as well, but that bill was a compromised version of real single payer in the end.  Just the same, it is such a relief to see that it happened and is being accepted as viable state wide policy.  

As we know, I think that single payer is the best option of all.-Margaret

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BY: BRUCE SHUTAN
FEBRUARY 3, 2014

At a time when HIX critics in Red States continue to pummel the exchanges and Blue State proponents adopt a defensive posture, there’s actually a plan afoot to establish a statewide single-payer health plan – albeit in one of the nation’s most liberal regions.

It’s the brainchild of Richard N. Gottfried, chairman of the New York State Assembly Health Committee and author of the New York Health Plan (A.5389), which is sponsored in the State Senate by Bill Perkins (S.2078).

“The exchanges are complicated because the system requires means-testing to see who is eligible for Medicaid or subsidies, and then requires people to select from multiple plans,” Gottfried argued in a recent letter to the editor in The New York Times. “We could cover everyone, provide better coverage and save billions through publicly sponsored, single-payer health coverage, like an improved version of Medicare for everyone – and no insurance companies.”

“My understanding is that Assemblyman Gottfried submits this bill every year, and I don’t think we are any closer to passing it,” says Laurel Pickering, president and CEO of the Northeast Business Group on Health. The legislation was first introduced in 1999 and every year thereafter, according to the New York Senate Open Legislation Service.

The Business Council of New York State issued a statement strongly opposing the legislation, which it dismissed as a “socialized health care system” that would “create a parallel income tax structure with no set tax rates or tax limits.”

The group warned that “a significant new payroll tax” (8% on employers, 2% on employees and 10% on the self-employed, along with additional surcharges on other taxable income) amounts to poor economic and health policy in a state where the cost of doing business is already high. It further noted a lack of “fiscal or economic impact assessments, or any other evidence of a serious assessment of its costs and benefits.”

Another pointed criticism was that most group health insurance coverage across the state would be deemed illegal, eliminating “an entire industry sector in New York,” as well as “coverage choice and options for the vast majority of New Yorkers.”

In an explanation of his bill, Gottfried defended it as “a business-friendly solution” that actually decreases costs by eliminating a need for employer-provided coverage. “That would make New York dramatically more job-friendly, especially for small businesses, start-ups and low-margin businesses, while offering better and more secure coverage to every New Yorker,” he wrote.

Shutan is a Los Angeles freelance writer

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Better Health Care for More People at Less Cost | Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

 

Do you know who doesn’t like American health care? Americans don’t. A recent survey for the Commonwealth Fund of people in 11 countries found Americans were the least satisfied with their own health care system.  The study looked at costs, wait times, barriers to access, quality of care and other measures. In the survey, 75 percent of Americans said our health care system needs fundamental changes or should be completely rebuilt.

 
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Single payer evidence from Vermont, which in effect now.

 

More:http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/cover-more-americans-for-less-cost

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streetetiquette's photo on SnapWidget

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Rest in Peace • Nelson Mandela
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What's Next Health: BJ Fogg

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The What's Next Health series features leading thinkers and visionaries. Stanford social scientist & innovator BJ Fogg discusses his model for behavior change.
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Thinking on how to make  behavior changes that we want happen in our lives emerge as reality.  What prevents us, and what gets us to really do it!  Baby steps and/or change your environment to get there.

 

 

More @http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/features-and-articles/what-s-next-health/Whats-Next-Health-BJFogg.html?cid=xfb_rwjf_wnh_fogg_A_infog

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Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country

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Breaking the cycle of war making: our country will not find peace until we take responsibility for our wars.
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Yes!

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Rip-Off: How Private-Sector Health Costs Are Killing the American Dream

Rip-Off: How Private-Sector Health Costs Are Killing the American Dream | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Why do we pay more but get poorer results than other wealthy countries?
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Full on analysis of the situation.  

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A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare's reforms are a welcome but small step. To give all Americans healthcare as a right, we need a fair, efficient solution...

 

It is unconscionable that in one of the most advanced nations in the world, there are nearly 50 million people who lack health insurance and millions more who have burdensome co-payments and deductibles. In fact, some 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not get to a doctor when they should. In terms of life expectancy, infant mortality and other health outcomes, the United States lags behind almost every other advanced country.

Despite this unimpressive record, the US spends almost twice as muchper person on healthcare as any other nation. As a result of an incredibly wasteful, bureaucratic, profit-making and complicated system, the US spends 17% of its gross domestic product – approximately $2.7tn annually– on healthcare. While insurance companies, drug companies, private hospitals and medical equipment suppliers make huge profits, Americans spend more and get less for their healthcare dollars.

What should the US be doing to improve this abysmal situation?

 

 

More:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/30/single-payer-cure-healthcare-reform

 

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Shocking numbers.

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 In fact, some 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not get to a doctor when they should. In terms of life expectancy, infant mortality and other health outcomes, the United States lags behind almost every other advanced country.

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Russell Brand - Time for a Spiritual Revolution

An amazing and inspirational speech by Russell Brand I made this video to help promote EducateInspireChange.org www.facebook.com/thejourneyofpurpose TJOP tak...
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Gorgeous.

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Jeffrey Smith Interview by Bobby Rodrigo of Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

Jeffrey Smith appeared at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA to discuss GMO's and Monsanto. Food Supply and Rescue Coalition and March Against M...
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Speaking about the dangers of, and money behind, GMO's in our food.  He talks about the link between illness in animals and humans and eating GMO foods and the literature that proves the damage in peer studied scientific review articles.

 

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Timeline Photos - Physicians for a National Health Program

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Single Payer is simple.
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Timeline Photos - I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists | Facebook

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Every developed country in the world provides healthcare to all citizens. Except one.

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Yes

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The MD who invented the mechanical heart valve also did it for people.  My associate is his son. The drive was for medical care, for human need.

 

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