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Universal medical care, poverty in the USA, and some solutions
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Why the outrage?

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Why is it that some people react violently to the idea of other people having enough medicine and medical care here in the US?  Why so much fury about it?

If we talk about depriving medical care to people in other countries we get a whole different reaction about the misery and suffering of the people.  

The truth is that when people don't have medicine and medical care that they need, they suffer, and as MLK asserted, it is a particularly cruel type of suffering to inflict.

 

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane."-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

So why  does/ can so much venom spew  knowing that no health care could deny relief and/or life, or conversely, be complicit in causing human pain, suffering and/or death when medical care comes up?-MRP

 

 

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Why More Americans Skipped The Doctor Last Year

Why More Americans Skipped The Doctor Last Year | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Health care costs are weighing on Americans' minds -- and sapping their budgets, according to a new survey that shows that within the last year, more than half of people needing medical care didn't get it because of the expense.
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There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care

There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
CO-OPs could be one of the sleepers in the health care reform law that truly transforms how care is financed and delivered in this country.
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Cities' homeless crackdown: Could it be compassion fatigue? - USA TODAY

Cities' homeless crackdown: Could it be compassion fatigue? - USA TODAY | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
USA TODAYCities' homeless crackdown: Could it be compassion fatigue?USA TODAYA growing number of cities across the United States are making it harder to be homeless. Philadelphia recently banned outdoor feeding of people in city parks.
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U.S. Families' Wealth Plunged 40 Percent During Recession, Fed Says : NPR

U.S. Families' Wealth Plunged 40 Percent During Recession, Fed Says  : NPR | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
The losses were mostly because of the housing crisis, but Americans also saw drops in financial and business assets.
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From the review of the new Chris Hayes book: a comment and an excerpt from Political Animal.

His new book Twilight of the Elites is coming out next Tuesday, and the Nation excerpted a section that gives you a flavor of the argument. He proposes that there is an “iron law of meritocracy,” where meritocratic institutions naturally become corrupted through elites desire to perpetuate themselves and avoid accountability:

 

"And we might ask what a society that has been corrupted entirely by the Iron Law of Meritocracy would look like. It would be a society with extremely high and rising inequality yet little circulation of elites. A society in which the pillar institutions were populated and presided over by a group of hyper-educated, ambitious overachievers who enjoyed tremendous monetary rewards as well as unparalleled political power and prestige, and yet who managed to insulate themselves from sanction, competition and accountability; a group of people who could more or less rest assured that now that they have achieved their status, now that they have scaled to the top of the pyramid, they, their peers and their progeny will stay there.
Such a ruling class would have all the competitive ferocity inculcated by the ceaseless jockeying within the institutions that produce meritocratic elites, but face no actual sanctions for failing at their duties or succumbing to the temptations of corruption. It would reflexively protect its worst members; it would operate with a wide gulf between performance and reward; and it would be shot through with corruption, rule-breaking and self-dealing, as those on top pursued the outsized rewards promised for superstars. In the same way the bailouts combined the worst aspects of capitalism and socialism, such a social order would fuse the worst aspects of meritocracy and bureaucracy.
It would, in other words, look a lot like the American elite in the first years of the twenty-first century."

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U.S. Spends Double on Military What We Tax Corporations

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Graphs and short comments.

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Dollars for Docs - ProPublica

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ProPublica has compiled the disclosed payments from pharma companies to doctors and other health care providers. Search for your doctor in our interactive database.

 

Ongoing reasearch into Big Pharma money and the physicians and medical schools in our country.

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The Real Reason They Still Play 'Mrs. Robinson' On The Radio

The Real Reason They Still Play 'Mrs. Robinson' On The Radio | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Stations haven't been playing "Mrs. Robinson" for 32 years just because everyone likes Simon & Garfunkel (although I really do love them!). It's because...

 

6 Corporations own most of the entire world's media.

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Healthcare-NOW! - Lobby E-Mails Show Depth of Obama Ties to Drug Industry

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From the New York Times - After weeks of quiet talks, drug industry lobbyists were growing nervous.
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Report: Sick Mass. Residents Say Health Care Costs Too High | WBJournal.com

Report: Sick Mass. Residents Say Health Care Costs Too High | WBJournal.com | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Although there has been a move to get all Massachusetts residents covered by medical insurance in the past five years, a new study found that those most in need of care say high costs are a worsening problem.

 

Sooo expensive! Having health insurance does not mean that you can afford the care that you need, in fact we have medical bankruptcy as a primary reason for banruptcy in this country.  Choosing medical care and the subsequent financial responsibilities for it when you are in a medical crisis is no choice at all-it is life or death facing you, or your loved one. Harrowing position to be in, and cruel.-MRP

 

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Lawmaker Suggests Congress Should Debate Health Care Reform Again

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- If the Supreme Court strikes down health care reform, Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) believes Congress has a duty to take the issue back up again.
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Improving health care for uninsured mentally ill | The Salt Lake Tribune

A group of agencies led by Intermountain Healthcare is trying to improve how the uninsured mentally ill and substance users get help. On Monday, the partners celebrated an 18-month project that tested whether they could ...
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Joseph Stiglitz on Occupy Wall Street & Why U.S.-Europe Austerity Will Only Weaken Economic Recovery

Joseph Stiglitz on Occupy Wall Street & Why U.S.-Europe Austerity Will Only Weaken Economic Recovery | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
As European leaders scramble to address the sovereign debt crisis, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues the austerity measures pushed by Germany, the United States and international creditors are only "going to make the countries...
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Health Care Race to the Bottom

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    "But beyond the brutal generational politics of the matter, Republican efforts to treat Medicare and Medicaid so very differently relies on the belief of many seniors that the former is an “earned benefit” or a self-funded program (via payroll taxes and premiums, which only cover about half of Medicare benefits) while the latter is a “redistribution” program or “welfare.” This is the flaw in the conviction of some progressives that “Medicare for all” is the winning magic formula for achieving universal health coverage: few conservative seniors will support “Medicare for all” if it includes those people who haven’t “earned” it or paid for it."-By Ed Kilgore

 

My response to the author:

    I do agree that we need to have more discussion on the crux of the issue, paying for everyone's care as a matter of common good. Or, as it is said also, as a human right. People in the "Medicare for All" world do discuss this, but is not in the public realm.
My impression of the stumbling blocks before getting to universal health care that is truly accessible for every citizen are these:
1. We need a belief that is is good for the whole country to have a healthy and productive work force.
2. Believe that everyone needs and should have medical care, no matter what. That it is necessary, not an option and that we are a society that provides for it's citizens. (We could use help with that on the housing, food, and education fronts, as well).
3. Correct the myth that we are the best medical care model and providers in the world. We are not.
4. Correct the myth that people who don't have insurance, and/or money, just get care anyway. This is not true. People die. 45,000 per year here in the US.
5. Dispel the myth that private insurance equals health care. No. It is a business, not a system for providing a service for the common good, like the FDA. It is about profit, no matter what.

-MRP

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Mass. hospitals urged to apologize, settle

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The ‘‘disclosure, apology, and offer’’ approach is the cornerstone of a new initiative to improve the state’s cumbersome and costly malpractice system.
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Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads

Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Language in appropriations bill would block funding for an FCC rule to put political ad data online.
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Citizens United Montana and the Eleventh Amendment « Single Payer Action

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CONSTITUTION: Citizens United Montana and the Eleventh Amendment - Single Payer Action (blog) http://t.co/6JESHFq9...

 

New debate about Citizen's United in Montana-June, 2012

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Self-insured firms send patients packing to cut treatment costs

Self-insured firms send patients packing to cut treatment costs | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Employees and their dependents at a Metro Detroit company can travel with a companion, free, to Puerto Rico for certain surgeries, have their costly co-insurance waived and receive a $500 gift card for expenses.

 

"PSI is offering the option to try to improve surgical results — such as lower readmissions and infection rates — and lower costs, said Jeff Tomschin, PSI's vice president of human resources.

"We're hoping people take advantage of it," he said. "So far, it seems to have been received very well by the employees."

 

What's going on with 'lower readmissions and infection rates' in other places?  Really, America, is this true?

 

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It would not be the end of health reform, just a chance to get it right | Physicians for a National Health Program

It would not be the end of health reform, just a chance to get it right | Physicians for a National Health Program | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

Another take on the mandate question.

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