“Health Care Is a Human Right”: Sanders Schedules Hearing on Medicare for All

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    • #486739
      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/health-care-is-a-human-right-sanders-schedules-hearing-on-medicare-for-all/

      The hearing, entitled “Medicare for All: Protecting Health, Saving Lives, Saving Money,” will feature testimony from health and policy experts, as well as testimony from the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which has previously analyzed how a single-payer health care system would impact the U.S. budget.

      As Sanders pointed out, the U.S. spends twice as much per capita on health care as the average wealthy country, but has the lowest life expectancy and fewer physician visits than in most other wealthy countries, according to The Commonwealth Fund. Over a quarter of the entire U.S. adult population is not insured or is underinsured because of the country’s highly exclusive private health care system; as a result, tens of thousands of Americans die each year because they either put off or don’t seek medical care when they need it, the press release says.

      These inequities have been made starker by the pandemic. As tens of millions of families lost health insurance due to pandemic-related layoffs, unequal access to health insurance created large disparities in health outcomes between people who are insured and people who are uninsured.

      Implementing Medicare for All would be immensely beneficial for health outcomes and equity in the U.S., the press release goes on — and it would also come with economic benefits. “[E]stimates show that Medicare for All could save 68,000 lives per year, and numerous studies find that Medicare for All saves the American people and the U.S. health care system billions of dollars a year,” the press release says.

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      djean111
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      be fucked.  Insurance companies get a set sum per patient and keep what they do not spend.  I imagine  M4A would sail through Congress on those terms.  Medicaid for all is what we need.  IMO.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

      • #486773
        Punxsutawney
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        Direct Contract would just be “Privatization” by another name, and a direct transfer of wealth to the top.

        In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

        Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

        “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

    • #486782
      jbnw
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      @djean111 has it right.

      I recently turned the age to sign up for it – and it’s not cheap. You need a separate plan for prescription drugs, and a separate plan for supplemental insurance – because without those you’re bankrupt if you have a major issue.

      So that’s three separate plans, two of them run by businesses, and the patient has to select the plan they can afford and try and judge the benefit. And you can’t change for a year . . .

      Not to mention that even after adding plans, you still don’t have hearing and dental coverage.

      And this is Medicare – not Medicare Advantage, which is just another sales opportunity from healthcare providers.

      So I’m not impressed by Medicare. Unfortunately.

      • #486830
        Babel 17
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        Two things I love about it are cash back every month*, and through “Silver Sneakers” I get a free gym membership, full service, at a swanky chain, L.A. Fitness. The gym I had been going to dropped from supporting that program, so I moved on. I could have chosen another nearby gym instead, and it too is top notch.

        Drugs, dental checkups/cleanings , eyeglass prescriptions/eye exams are supposedly included and I have my fingers crossed that those benefits are fairly legit. I don’t take any prescription drugs, but coverage is of course essential.

        And supposedly I get to order a certain amount of OTC supplements through them for free every month, and I think other stuff at a discount. I gotta look into that, as I buy a lot of supplements.

        I’m new to this plan, but so far so good.

        Medicare gets deducted from my Social Security check, and that takes care of the plan I chose.

        https://www.wellcare.com/en/New-York/Members/Medicare-Plans-2022/Wellcare-Giveback-Open-PPO-111

        They serve some other states as well, as I might move to Florida I confirmed I’d be good to go down there.

        *”This plan offers a
        $74 give back every
        month in your
        Social Security
        check.

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        • #487132
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          Sadly, the fringe benefits are not as great as they are usually described.

          Drugs, dental checkups/cleanings , eyeglass prescriptions/eye exams are supposedly included and I have my fingers crossed that those benefits are fairly legit.

          The eyeglass benefits are actually pretty good. Free exam and then every other year you get $300 to spend on either frames or lenses (the lenses take up all of it). Of course, this is not cumulative; must be used in one year or forfeited.

          But the dental sucks donkey balls. They will pay for exam and maybe x-rays but you’ll be lucky if you see them pay more than 20 percent for ANYthing else (even emergency extraction). Unless your state grants dental benefits to Medicaid recipients, pray to the teeth Gods.

          Apparently, Congress thinks teeth are luxury, rich-people bones!

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      • #487122
        JonLP
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        He should have called it Medicaid for All because that would be easier to sell to Centrists who say Medicare isn’t that great. Bernie’s plan would have improved traditional Medicare by including things like dental.

        Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

        Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

        • #487126
          djean111
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          And now Medicare is being switched over to “Direct Contract” – now called ACO Reach – and insurance companies get a lump sum per patient and get to keep what they do not spend on patients.  Already, some insurers are keeping up to 40% of that lump sum.  The plan is to not give referrals to specialists if at all possible, and have the primary care physician make most of the decisions.  Started this year.  I have already been told, at 76, I am too old to bother with tests, but I should tell my doctor if I think anything seems wrong.  My knee is so shot, with bone on bone, that my gait is ruining my hip, but now, instead of happily signing me up for a lucrative  knee replacement, I am now too old, my doctor (well, ex-doctor now) told me hospitals are dangerous, I could get an infection and DIE and then, if I lived through it, I would have to go away for weeks and weeks, leaving my family.  So I should take Advil.  It seems Zeke Emanuel has triumphed.  So yeah, Medicare is being transitioned into privitization, and that will suck more and more.  That does not make me a Centrist.

          https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/over-50-lawmakers-urge-administration-to-end-direct-contracting

          Most of the 53 DCEs are owned and controlled by investors, including private equity firms, Wall Street investors, and large private payers.

          “HHS allows Direct Contracting Entities to keep as profit what they don’t pay for in medical services, establishing a dangerous incentive to ration and restrict seniors’ care,” Susan Rogers, MD, a retired internal medicine doctor and president of the 24,000-member Physicians for a National Health Program said in a public statement. “If left unchecked, Medicare Direct Contracting will hand Traditional Medicare to Wall Street investors, without input from seniors, doctors, or even Congress. We applaud Rep. Jayapal and the more than 50 members of Congress who stood up to protect Medicare today and for future generations.”

          DCEs spend as low as 60 percent of their budget on patient care, allowing them to keep 40 percent of revenues for profit. Meanwhile, Traditional Medicare spends 98 percent of its budget on patient care.

          This has been in the works pre-Trump, but is being blamed on just Trump, and Biden/Harris are okay with it; Biden could have stopped it last year.

          America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

          "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

          A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

          • #487127
            JonLP
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            I remember centrists often claiming that since Medicare isn’t that great why would we want Medicare for all?

            I explained and many others pointed out that Bernie’s Medicare for All is different and better than traditional Medicare. I do think Medicaid for All would be an easier sell.

            Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

            Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

            • #487128
              djean111
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              Hey, as soon as Medicare is privatized, I am sure it will sail right through Congress and Biden will happily sign it.  And extreme doubties that the Medicare details in Bernie’s bill would remain as they are.

              America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

              "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

              A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

              • #487130
                JonLP
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                I remember the topic coming up during debates with centrists. I agree traditional Medicare is not that great.

                Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

                Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

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