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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 17, 2019, 08:01:15 pm »

Worker Begs Rep. Pocan To Take His Private Healthcare Away
2,353 views•Oct 16, 2019


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Although the media would have you believe that workers are trying to keep their private healthcare when Medicare for all passes, one of the many workers who WANTS the government to come in and take his healthcare joins the Thom Hartmann program and begs congressman Mark Pocan to take away his private healthcare in exchange for medicare for all.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:53:35 pm »

Will Medicare Ever Be Expanded? (w/ Congresswoman Anna Eshoo)
833 views•Oct 15, 2019


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While conservatives, Donald Trump and the rich are calling for the end of medicare, Congressoman Anna Eshoo out of California's 18th district is fighting to expand Medicare

Do you want to see medicare expanded?

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2019, 02:36:10 pm »

Hospitals  Are Charging Up to 10x the Going Rate for This

Some  hospitals will charge five to 10 times the going rate for services, then 😈 sue patients who cannot afford the padded bills - and use the court system as their collection agency, forcing many into bankruptcy. Here are the traps to watch out for.


What broke American health care and how to fix it

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

► Dr. Marty Makary’s book, “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It,” reveals the  money games in the U.S. health care system, and what every American should know

► New science is revealing that indications to treat should be narrower then previously recognized. Overall 21% of medical treatments have been deemed unnecessary, contributing to our cost crisis

► Over the past 150 years, the focus of most hospitals has shifted from serving the community to 👹💵🎩generating profits, and these two aims are frequently at odds

► Predatory pricing practices are crushing everyday Americans. Some hospitals will charge five to 10 times the going rate for services and then sue patients who cannot afford the padded bills

► Investigations reveal there’s no correlation between high prices and quality of care. Nor is there a correlation between high prices and charity care

► Another egregious example of predatory pricing is that of ambulance transport. Unless you’re seriously injured, consider taking an Uber to the hospital as the bill for an ambulance transport can run into the thousands. For helicopter transport, it could be as high as half a million dollars

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:37:10 pm »

Surprise 😈 Billing  is Bankrupting Americans!
2,725 views


Thom Hartmann Program
Published on Sep 4, 2019

The 😈 hospital, the 😈 doctor and the 😈 insurance companies are making money  off surprise billing a practice where patients can be charged for out of network machines and personel they may have never been aware of at all.

The only cure, Medicare for all!

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2019, 01:38:22 pm »

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

► In 2012, Armstrong, aged 82, underwent heart surgery at Mercy Health Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died two weeks later. His two sons insisted his death was caused by medical error

► An anonymous source leaked documents to the press showing the hospital paid the Armstrong family a $6 million malpractice settlement. The sender hoped bringing the information to light might help save lives

When nurses removed the wires for Armstrong’s temporary pacemaker, he began to bleed. Armstrong was brought into the catheterization lab for evaluation rather than straight to the operating room — a nonstandard decision that cost him his life

► Armstrong’s case is a perfect example of the indiscriminate nature of lethal medical errors; 19% of elderly patients are injured by medical care in the U.S., and those injured have nearly double the death rate compared to those who receive proper treatment

July 20, 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In a riveting three-part documentary series, PBS explores the space race that led to American astronauts becoming the first men to set foot on the moon

How to safeguard your life while hospitalized

Full Story:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/08/10/hero-falls-victim-to-lethal-medical-errors.aspx

July 20, 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In a riveting three-part documentary series, PBS explores the space race that led to American astronauts becoming the first men to set foot on the moon.

Chasing the Moon

A snippet of Part 1 is embedded above. The full series, totaling six hours, can be found on PBS.org.4 For those of you who are old enough to remember watching the moon landing on TV back in 1969, this documentary will reignite the awe felt that day.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:36:12 pm »

Debate: Should Healthcare & Education Be Free From 👹 Profit Seeking Parasites?
1,719 views


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Published on Aug 1, 2019

Should the profit motive be involved in things that we need to survive, like healthcare?

😈 Grover Norquist thinks that the profit motive needs to be a part of every part of life

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 02, 2019, 06:35:16 pm »

THE SO-CALLED “STANDARD OF CARE”

THIS APPLIES TO MANY DISEASES, NOT JUST LYME

REGIMENTATION OF MEDICAL “TREATMENT”

The so-called “standard of care.”

This kind of gangsterism applies to many diseases, not just Lyme.

If the government wants to hide the source of an illness, they can punish doctors for talking about it.

If Big Pharma wants to kill competition by safer, more effective alternatives, they can arrange for doctors to be punished for even talking about them.

It’s total corruption.

Trying to make a disease – and treatments for it – go away by 😈 bureaucratic decree.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 28, 2019, 09:13:58 pm »




PUBLISHED July 28, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Deals Blow to Big Pharma

BY Karl Evers-Hillstrom & Jessica Piper, Center for Responsive Politics

The Senate Finance Committee advanced a blockbuster drug pricing bill to the Senate floor Thursday while shooting down amendments supported by the pharmaceutical companies, dealing an unlikely blow to the influential industry. The bill aims to reduce drug prices for seniors and save taxpayers billions on government-run health care programs.

Read the Article →

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 24, 2019, 10:11:38 pm »

RACKETEERING IN MEDICINE A BOOK BY JAMES P. CARTER MD, DRPH

HE MAKES THE CASE THAT MEDICINE IS A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE


“Racketeering in Medicine”, the title of a 1993 book by an MD and professor of public health at Tulane University.

He makes the case that medicine is a criminal enterprise better than I can.

An MD with a PhD in Public Health and a professorship a major school of Public Health.

We don’t see books like this by MDs any more.

It’s good that books can’t be vaporized by Facebook, Amazon, or Google, isn’t it?

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:36:43 pm »

NBC DIDN’T LIKE THE WAY THIS MOTHER HEALED HER CHILD

SO THEY WORKED WITH TROLLS TO ATTACK HER


THE HANDIWORK OF 😈 NBC REPORTER BRANDY ZADROZNY

NBC didn’t like the way this mother healed her child…

So they collaborated with online trolls and an ex-husband who abandoned his autistic son to try to goad the local police into arresting her got poisoning her children.

Thankfully, the police had the common sense and saw through the NBC-Troll-Dirtbag Ex-Husband BS. 

(Not enough for NBC which shamed the police in a headline for not “doing something.”)

In addition to the trauma of having police show up at her door, the mother has had to stop the treatment which was having a miraculous effect on her adult autistic son.

Laurel Austin 🕊, the mother in this story, is an outspoken autism safety advocate and a Christian.

Why do you think the trolls and NBC picked her of the thousands of mothers who have helped and in some cases completely healed the suffering of their autistic children to target?

It’s pretty transparent, isn’t it?

The message is clear: If you dare to question vaccine safety – even after it has damaged your children – and you treat your children with anything that works (instead of psych meds) you will be attacked.

By the way, the attacks included numerous deaths threats generated by the trolls and the NBC article.

Yes, these people really are that sick.

The complete interview:
https://realfoodchannel.com/nbc-didnt-like-the-way-this-mother-healed-her-child/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 28, 2019, 06:25:58 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Hat tip to Surly ✨ for alerting me to this and other pertinent news:

If you smell some health insurance corporation greed based projection from WAPO, you understand what is going on with the WAPO water carriers for Wall Street (i.e. What can politicans DO for Wall Street!). 

By Julie Hollar, Fair.org

June 27, 2019 

SNIPPET:

According to the Post‘s expert ;) sources:

Quote
The debate is not going to be 2008 or ’16 over again. It’s going to be about the price of insulin, hospital charges and insurance premiums, with, “What are you going to do about them for me?”

 

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 18, 2019, 05:50:04 pm »

Scandals Show How Lack of Oversight Make US Healthcare the Most Expensive in the World


The Real News Network

Published on Jun 18, 2019

Lucrative inside deals and seven-figure salaries at a publicly funded hospital reveal how self-enrichment drives up healthcare costs, not providing care for patients

Subscribe to our page and support our work at https://therealnews.com/donate.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:24:37 pm »

What's wrong with American medicine?

Is it an issue of access? Of excessive costs? Or the need for new technology and cures?
 
No.
 
The problem is far more fundamental and sinister - and all it's hidden in plain site.

The participants in the system are the classic "Good Germans."

They're just following orders.

If those orders results in the unnecessary death, disability and suffering of millions of people every year, they're fine with that.

Protecting their own careers is as important to them as profits at any cost to Big Pharma.

Like attracts like.

The needs of the people they earn their livings supposedly caring for come dead last.


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:47:41 pm »

TARBELL

ANALYSIS, HEALTH CARE   05.30.2019

Why I Worry About the Health Care Merger Craze

An Appalachian physician explains how just five insurance powers control most of the market and what that means for patients.
By Raymond Feierabend 

https://tarbell.org/2019/05/why-i-worry-about-the-health-care-merger-craze/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 15, 2019, 04:08:14 pm »

Medical Insurance  Companies Can Decide Who Lives and Dies – RAI with Wendell Potter (4/7)
May 15, 2019

Whistleblower Wendell Potter says the death of a young woman denied care by the insurance company he worked for was a turning point in his life; he says these practices are still taking place under the Affordable Care Act - on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

https://therealnews.com/stories/medical-insurance-companies-can-decide-who-lives-and-dies-rai-with-wendell-potter-4-7

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 12, 2019, 07:20:22 pm »

The Making of a Medical Insurance Spin Doctor – RAI with Wendell Potter 👍 (3/7)

May 10, 2019

Wendell Potter, author of ‘Deadly Spin: How Corporate PR is Killing Healthcare and Deceiving Americans’, traces his life from growing up poor and Republican in Tennessee, to radicalization during the Vietnam War, to cynical journalist who just wanted to make money - on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay


https://therealnews.com/stories/the-making-of-a-medical-insurance-spin-doctor-rai-with-wendell-potter-3-7
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2019, 10:35:04 pm »

Measles - before the insanity

You might even be old enough to remember.


Make sure young people see this 👀

Before Big Pharma figured out how to make billions - risk-free - from compulsory measles vaccines...

This is what was true about measles.

You might even be old enough to remember.

Make sure young people see this.

I wonder how the pro-vaccine industry shills will explain this?

Were TV producers in the 1950s and 1960s anti-vaxxers?

To date $4.1 billion paid out for vaccine injuries by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) - but vaccines are safe . Go back to sleep.

https://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/health-and-wellness/measles---before-the-insanity.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2019, 02:09:09 pm »



My Personal Story

Ady Barkan cpd@populardemocracy.org via predictiveresponse.net

May 1, 2019
 
Dear friend,

Yesterday, I testified at the historic, first-ever congressional hearing on Medicare for All. Though ALS has stolen my ability to speak aloud, special software which tracks my eye movements allowed me to deliver my testimony and answer the committee members’ questions with an automated voice. You can read my full testimony here and watch the full hearing here.
 
I carried with me the thousands of stories I’ve heard since starting Be A Hero last summer. I am so grateful to all the heroes standing up right now to demand a transformation in our healthcare system. And we’re winning! Before yesterday’s hearing was over, it was announced that Medicare for All would have a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee, the first major committee of jurisdiction for this legislation.
 
I don’t have time on my side. Americans who are dealing with the everyday realities of their healthcare don’t have time on their side. I can't believe we've come this far. But we have much further to go still.
 
What drives me?
 
I’ve written a memoir about the struggles for social justice that I have been involved with and about my personal struggle with ALS. The book will be published in September (with a foreword by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!) but we are announcing it publicly and released presales earlier this month.

The book is called Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance, and you can preorder a copy here right now.


I have poured my heart into this book, in the hopes of leaving a beautiful legacy for my son Carl and our progressive movement.

In it, I write about some of my proudest social justice work from before Jeff Flake rudely confronted me on that airplane and about some of the work you and I have done since then, together, in resistance.

I also share the profound joys of building a life and a family with my wife Rachael and the pain and poignancy that ALS has imposed on us.

From fighting to save the Affordable Care Act to preserving the integrity of the Supreme Court, you have been with me each step of the way. I hope this book will provoke and entertain you, and most of all, I hope it will move you. I would be deeply honored if you were to order a copy (or three! It'll make the perfect holiday present).

If you're on social media, it'd be great if you could share this news on social media with your friends and family to get the word out.

Again, here is the link to preorder the book.

In solidarity and gratitude,

Ady Barkan 👍👍👍

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2019, 01:33:29 pm »

Riveting Testimony at Historic Hearing on Medicare for All – RAI with Wendell Potter (2/7)
May 1, 2019

The House Rules Committee heard powerful testimony about the urgency of passing Medicare for All from Ady Barkan, who is in late stages of ALS. Wendell Potter on Reality Asserts Itself hosted by Paul Jay


Story Transcript

PAUL JAY In a historic first, Medicare for All actually got a hearing on the Hill. During that hearing, Ady Barkan, in advanced stages of ALS disease, spoke. Here’s a segment of that.

ADY BARKAN [CLIP] Never before have I given a speech without my natural voice. Never before have I had to rely on a synthetic voice to lay out my arguments, convey my most passionately held beliefs, tell the details of my personal story.

Medicare for all is the only system [that’s efficient]. Over the past three years, I have seen firsthand how the current system creates absurdly wasteful cost-shifting, delays, billing disputes, rationing and worry. Administrative waste is costing us hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

Some people argue that while medicare for all is a great idea, we need to move slowly … I needed it yesterday. Million of people need it today. The time to pass this law is now.

[REALITY ASSERTS ITSELF Intro]

PAUL JAY Welcome back to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. That was a hearing of the Rules Committee. As I said in the beginning, it’s the first time Medicare for All actually got a hearing in front of a committee in Congress. And now joining us to continue our discussions about health care and more about the American political system is Wendell Potter. Thanks for joining us, Wendell.

WENDELL POTTER My pleasure.

PAUL JAY Wendell is a former health insurance executive. He served as head of corporate communications for Cigna before leaving in 2008 with what he describes as a crisis of conscience. He’s the author of the book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out, and How Corporate PR Is Killing Healthare and Deceiving Americans. He’s also the founder of Tarbell.org, that does investigative journalism into health care issues, and money and politics. Thanks for joining us.

WENDELL POTTER My pleasure.

PAUL JAY So, you watched that hearing this morning. First of all, talk about the significance of the hearing.

WENDELL POTTER Well, it just–It’s significant in that just 10 years ago, advocates for moving to a Medicare for All type of health care system were not given a seat at the table at all. In fact there were advocates who were literally thrown out of the Senate hearing when they were protesting the fact that no one was there on the, at the committee level to even testify about Medicare for All.

PAUL JAY So just to place people, this is the hearings under President Obama’s administration. He gets Senator Baucus to chair the hearings, and there’s nobody at this eight, nine person table representing Medicare for All, single payer. There’s every other variety of representative, but nobody doing that.

WENDELL POTTER Yeah. And the insurance industry, the drug companies, the hospital companies, they all had a seat at the table.

PAUL JAY And one should say, also, SEIU, the union had a seat at the table. But they didn’t advocate it, either.

WENDELL POTTER They didn’t, because it was just something that was considered too much pie in the sky. Can never happen in this country. So that just indicates how far we’ve come. And one of the reasons is because we’ve realized as a nation, and certainly a lot of policymakers have, that the Affordable Care Act, while it did some good, didn’t go nearly far enough. We still have nearly 30 million people who don’t have insurance in this country, and a very rapidly growing number of people who are underinsured. They have insurance, they’re paying premiums every month, but they’re not able to use their policies in many cases because the deductibles are so high.

So we’ve seen deductibles increase dramatically since the Affordable Care Act was passed. We’ve seen that a lot of the practices of the insurance industry have continued. And one of the consequences of this law is that the entrenched special interests have continue to make a lot of money. A lot of money. But more and more people in the real world are being disadvantaged.

PAUL JAY As you watched Ady Barkan’s testimony, how did you feel? You’ve been fighting this fight for quite a few years.

WENDELL POTTER You know, it was somewhat emotional to watch him, because his his testimony was incredibly emotional. He has ALS. He realizes he doesn’t have a lot longer to live. And he was talking about his being diagnosed and the struggles that he and his family have faced paying for the care that he needs. And they have insurance. They have pretty decent insurance.

It was a real world example of what people–what can happen to people. We have this belief in the United States that if you’ve got employer-sponsored health care, if you’ve got insurance, that it’s going to be there when you need it. But he was living proof, with very compelling testimony, that that’s not the case.

PAUL JAY Well, what happened to him? I mean, I think most people think once you’ve paid your deductible, you’re covered.

WENDELL POTTER But it doesn’t necessarily–that’s not the way it really is in this country. There are there a lot of things that–In the private health insurance system you have bureaucrats, an insurance company, that really is calling the shots. It often is–your doctor might recommend a treatment or a medication, but there’s someone at an insurance company that will be the final decider as to whether or not you get that. And in some cases the decisions are that you’re not going to get the coverage. And as he said in his testimony, he wants to stay at home as long as he can, to stay with his family. But he’s–to do that he’s essentially had to raise money from supporters to be able to to pay for the care that, you know, to help-

PAUL JAY Because he would need breathing equipment and other kinds of things at home.

WENDELL POTTER Yeah. And otherwise he’d have to go into a nursing facility and be away from his family. And so he’s having to raise money. As he said, it’s ridiculous. And in this country you have to resort to Go Fund Me campaigns to pay for your health care even if you’ve got insurance.

So that’s kind of the state of where we are in this country. A lot of people have insurance. They in many cases have this false belief that it’s going to be there when they need it. They don’t really understand the role that private insurance companies play, how they have inserted themselves between doctors and patients, and how much they are able to avoid paying for the care that we get.

PAUL JAY Well, we’re going to dig into all this in more detail in our future segments. But talk about–the hearing, to a large extent, was about the bill proposed by Pramila Jayapal. And what is the gist of her bill, and how would that change things?

WENDELL POTTER It would create an improved Medicare for All. It would expand the current Medicare program, which covers people who are 65 and older, and people who have certain disabilities. It would expand that to include everybody. It would also improve it to cover more. In our current Medicare program it doesn’t cover vision and dental, for example, or long term care. So that would be covered.

And it’s also structured to eliminate these deductibles that I just spoke about to make health care more affordable. We have a system in which a lot of people, as I said, they have insurance but they can’t use it. They’re foregoing the care that they need. They’re often not going to the doctor because of the financial obligations they have to make before their insurance kicks in. That would all be ended. And it would be universal. It would be everybody in the country would be enrolled in Medicare, and it would ultimately a lot more efficiently operate. We spend about $3.5 trillion on health care in this country now, and about a third of that goes to administrative functions and profits. Much of that could be eliminated.

It’s a very important and very major bill that would restructure how we finance health care. Health care would still be privately delivered. Doctors and hospitals would still be private and independent. But we’d be restructuring how we finance care.

PAUL JAY Now, that’s a pretty important question. In Canada, where there is often given as the example of, you know, the kind of system that could be in the United States, almost all hospitals are publicly owned. And it’s one of the ways they control costs. And I think Bernie Sanders’ proposal, and Jayapal’s proposal, as you said, the hospitals remain what they are. Either they’re private nonprofits, or private or state owned. But a lot of big hospitals are not publicly owned. That’s right. But isn’t that an important feature in making this whole thing affordable?

WENDELL POTTER It’s an important component of making it workable. But like, you know, it’s different from the system in the United Kingdom, for example, in which the National Health Service actually owns most of the hospitals, and employs most of the doctors. Under the Jayapal bill and the Sanders bill you would have a means of making the health care, certainly at the–let’s take hospitals first, for example. The Jayapal bill would establish global budgets. It would determine a budget for each hospital in the country, and based on the patient mix, the demographics of a particular community, what the hospital–what services it offers. And that would be one way of getting our arms around the health care costs in this country. And the same–it would be a similar approach in the Sanders bill. And the the way we pay for drugs would be changed significantly. The Medicare program would be able to negotiate directly with drug companies, which it cannot do now.

PAUL JAY Now, one of the significance of this hearing is that it gets heard. But the overall agenda of the House is going to be set by Nancy Pelosi to a large extent, and a lot of the Democrats, some people call corporate Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi in that, are not a fan of Medicare for All. They want improved Affordable Health Care Act. And how easy is it going to be? Or I should say, how difficult is it going to be to really have this heard properly? Medicare for All heard properly on the Hill?

WENDELL POTTER Well, it’s not going to be a walk in the park, for sure. But on the other hand, there are members in other committees that have signed on as sponsors of this legislation. In fact, it has about 108 co-sponsors, which is a significant percentage of the Democratic caucus in the house. So a lot of members have signed on to this bill through other committees of–so-called committees of jurisdiction, like the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Budget Committee. They’re all expected to hold hearings at some point. Now, the one that was just health was in the Rules Committee. So there are a lot of committees that have some jurisdiction over this legislation. There will be others. But that’s also historic, as well. We have the promise and expectation that at some point these other committees will also hold hearings. So it’s being discussed in ways it never has before.

PAUL JAY And this is going to have a real effect on the Democratic Party primary. I mean, they can’t pass this legislation in Congress, because the Senate–there’s no way the Senate’s going to vote for Medicare for All.

WENDELL POTTER Right. McConnell has said that. He’s not going to have a hearing in the Senate.

PAUL JAY So the first real practical effect of this is how it might influence the primary, because some of the people running for president, like Bernie Sanders, are for Medicare for All. I don’t think Joe Biden is. I think he’s for a stronger ACA. So the hearings are going to have a lot to do with how this debate plays in a real fight for the leadership to become the representative of the party in the election.

WENDELL POTTER Right. And I can’t overestimate the importance of today’s hearings. And there were some because of Speaker Pelosi’s ambivalence, I guess you would say, at best toward this legislation, that it would be kind of stacked against those who support Medicare for All. But it actually turned out to be a very good hearing for Medicare for All advocates. I think at the end of the day they were pretty happy with the way it went. And this is going to be encouraging to advocates around the country that this, first of all, that it was held at all. And, secondly, that it got a good hearing.

Clearly there were critics. The Republicans always got a chance to have those, you know, their friends at the witness table. And they were there. I refer to them as ‘friends of the industry,’ as well, too. There was a couple of think tank representatives there, and both of them have gotten money from industry, from corporations. So they’re kind of the usual suspects that you typically see at these hearings but the witnesses invited the Democrats largely were supportive or made the case for moving forward. And certainly moving beyond where we are now because you can’t look at where we are and not realize that the Affordable Care Act falls far short of getting us to where we need to be in so many ways.

OK. In the next segments of our interview we’re going to talk about how Wendell Potter got to be a whistleblower on the industry that he had become a senior executive in. And we’ll get to the hearings where he blew the whistle on what he knew about as an insider what he knew about how insurance companies were essentially deciding issues of life, who would live and who would die, and how it brought him to what he called a crisis of conscience to come to Congress and expose all of this. And then we’ll talk further about the issues of the day.

So please join us for the continuation of Reality Asserts Itself with Wendell Potter on The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/riveting-testimony-at-historic-hearing-on-medicare-for-all-rai-with-wendell-potter-2-7
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:26:39 pm »

PODCAST   04.16.2019

The Potter Report Podcast

Why do we believe the things we do? Whistleblower, New York Times best selling author and Tarbell.org founder Wendell Potter, along with millennial co-host Joey Rettino, are joined by politicians, activists, journalists and pretty much everybody to figure it out.

By Joey Rettino, Wendell Potter
 
EP 12 – Health care journalism in the heartland with Trudy Lieberman


On this
🔊 episode, Wendell and Joey discuss health care reform, rural America and the state of health care journalism with past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and Tarbell.org contributor, Trudy Lieberman.

https://tarbell.org/2019/04/


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« on: April 18, 2019, 08:41:18 pm »

Is 💵🎩😈 For-Profit Healthcare is Bankrupting You? - Medicare for All?
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« on: April 17, 2019, 05:06:59 am »

This is a winning issue for Sanders. Corpadems on the Big Pharma payroll hate it!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 16, 2019, 11:29:05 pm »

Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation
April 15, 2019

Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds


https://therealnews.com/stories/medicare-for-all-divides-democrats-but-might-unite-the-nation
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 13, 2019, 07:56:49 pm »


Insurance Industry Whistleblower Exposes Effort to Crush Medicare for All

JAKE JOHNSON, COMMON DREAMS

In an effort to inform the public about the corporate forces working to crush Medicare for All, an employee at the insurance giant UnitedHealthcare leaked a video of his boss bragging about the company's campaign to preserve America's for-profit healthcare system. The remarks were leaked just days after Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his improved Medicare for All bill.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:35:56 pm »

BY Karen Garcia, Sardonicky

PUBLISHED April 9, 2019

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2019, 04:39:07 pm »



ANALYSIS, HEALTH CARE   03.15.2019

Democrats on the take: New DCCC Chair is a best friend of health insurers
How health insurance cash forms opinions on Medicare for All.

By Wendell Potter
 
Here’s a headline you can bet my former colleagues in the health insurance business were thrilled to see last week: “DCCC chief: Medicare for All price tag ‘a little scary.’”

That headline topped the lead story in the March 6 edition of The Hill, a newspaper widely read by Congressional staff and lobbyists and others in the influence-peddling business in Washington. You’ll see ads in The Hill by big corporations and special interests you won’t see anywhere else—like the full-page “we’re-not-a-bad-guy” ad on page 2 by opioid maker Purdue Pharma and the two full-page “we’re-part-of the-solution” ads a bit deeper inside by Eli Lilly.

I mentioned  Bustos in a story I wrote on June 25, the day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned party honchos with her upset victory over longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primary. Crowley, as I pointed out, was one of a handful of House Democrats who received campaign contributions from the political action committees of all five of the biggest for-profit health insurers—Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealth Group. But Crowley wasn’t those PACs’ favorite Democrat in Congress. That distinction at the time went to none other than Cheri Bustos.

So it came as no surprise to see Bustos pouring a big bucket of ice-cold water on the very idea that Congress would give serious consideration to improving and expanding the Medicare program to cover every American, which polls show a big majority of Democratic voters—and even a sizable percentage of Republican voters—favor. When Medicare covers all of us, there will be no need for health insurers as we know them—and we know them increasingly as barriers to getting the care we need. To delay for as long as possible the day Medicare covers everybody, the insurance industry and its allies are showering Democrats with campaign cash and providing their friends in high places—including Cheri Bustos—with talking points designed to scare the daylights out of people. >:(

(video at article link) Produced by Joey Rettino

Bustos and I have a lot in common. We both were journalists in our first career: She was a reporter for the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa; I was a reporter for Scripps-Howard newspapers in Tennessee and Washington. She left journalism to go work for a big hospital system in Iowa; I went to work for a big hospital system in Tennessee (and from there to Humana and Cigna). She and I even had the same title at the end of our corporate careers—Vice President of Corporate Communications—and we both were paid handsomely. The Quad City Times reported that Bustos was making north of $300,000 when she quit to run for Congress. She took a sizable pay cut when she was sworn into office to represent Illinois’ 17th congressional district in 2013. I took an even deeper pay cut when I left my corporate job and blew the whistle on my former employers. I have written about politicians on the take; she is one of those politicians.

Bustos was a proven fundraiser from the start. Since 2011, when she launched her first campaign, she has raised nearly $13 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Even though she was widely favored to win reelection last year (she beat her Republican opponent by more than 24 points), she still raised $4.5 million, much of which she didn’t need or spend. That big pile of Benjamins was considerably more than the average raised by other House members.

And there’s this: Nearly 85 percent of what her campaign took in came from corporate and special interest PACs and large individual contributions. Less than 13 percent came from small individual contributions.

Most of Bustos’ campaign cash last year came from people who couldn’t even vote for her. Nearly 80 percent came from outside of her district and more than half from out of state. None of the big five for-profit insurers that wrote big checks to her campaign are based in Illinois.

Bustos’ comments in the Hill story came a week after Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) introduced The Medicare for All Act of 2019 with 107 cosponsors, and they tracked with talking points now flooding Washington by the health care industry’s new front group, the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, which comprises health insurers, drug companies and big hospital systems like the one Bustos used to work for. It was created for the explicit purpose of scaring Democrats away from any Medicare for All legislation.

“What do we have—130 million-something Americans who get their health insurance through their work?” Bustos was quoted as saying in the Hill article. “The transition from what we have now to Medicare for all, it’s just hard to conceive how that would work. You have so many jobs attached to the health care industry. I think the $33 trillion price tag for Medicare for all is a little scary.”

Now compare that to the messaging in the Partnership’s first digital ad last month attacking Medicare for All proposals. And note, too, that that “scary” $33 trillion figure—which, by the way, covers a ten-year-period—came from a study produced by a think tank funded by the Koch Brothers, two rich guys no one would mistake for Democrats. What Bustos didn’t mention is that even that study, biased as it was, concluded that sticking with our current private insurance driven-system would cost $2 trillion more than Medicare for All. Bottom line: Medicare for All would be a bargain compared to the status quo Bustos , who thrives in the swamp that is Washington, is defending.

Bustos clearly is one of the health care industry’s reliable go-to Democrats on Capitol Hill. She’s not the only one, though, not by a long shot. In the coming days, Tarbell will be publishing a comprehensive analysis of Congressional Democrats on the take from health care special interests. Watch this space.  

https://tarbell.org/2019/03/democrats-on-the-take-new-dccc-chair-is-a-best-friend-of-health-insurers/?ref=feed

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2019, 03:43:58 pm »



ANALYSIS, HEALTH CARE   03.27.2019

Drug company payments to doctors may influence prescription choices

By Trudy Lieberman


Recently Peggy, an Indiana woman and reader of this column, sent me a lengthy email about her 94-year-old mother who is rapidly spending down her minimal savings to pay for prescription drugs. 

Peggy didn’t hold out much hope that prices would come down before it was too late for her mom.  But she succeeded in lowering her mom’s drug costs and what she learned along the way can be helpful to others strapped by high pharmaceutical bills.

Her mother is typical of many women in old age who have only a tiny financial cushion to absorb the continual price hikes imposed by the drug makers.  She was raised during the Depression, didn’t work much outside the home, lived in a condo her son bought, and then moved to an assistant living facility almost two years ago.

The facility’s $3,100 monthly fee plus drug copays bit into her savings, which totaled about $30,000 when she moved to assisted living.  Government benefits earned by Peggy’s father who served in the Korean War, a very small pension from a former employer, and Social Security benefits cover all but about $600 of the assisted living fee. The rest comes from her savings, which now are about half of what they were in 2017.

While most of her mother’s drug copays and other out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses have been manageable, Peggy explained it was the $313 copay for a three-month supply of a well-known, heavily advertised blood thinner a cardiologist had ordered that was the biggest culprit causing her mother’s savings to shrink.

That was the price her mom was paying when she hit Medicare’s infamous donut hole last year.

Peggy said every time her mom visited the physician, the doctor told her she was lucky to take the expensive blood thinner instead of the other “stuff”, which he called “rat poison” implying a cheaper drug was inferior, even dangerous. Peggy said at every visit he 😈 told her that she was fortunate to be taking something better.

Then a family member discovered openpaymentsdata.cms.gov 👍👍👍, a database maintained by the Medicare program that reveals the amounts of money pharmaceutical companies pay to doctors in speaking and consulting fees, in research fees and for food and drink expenses. Her mom’s cardiologist had received nearly $80,000. 😲

Peggy had a bad feeling about the doctor and switched her mom to another physician who kept her on the high-priced drug for a couple months. Then she was diagnosed with anemia, taken off blood thinners and prescribed low-dose aspirin.

In the meantime, Peggy’s husband had a heart attack and developed a blood clot.  His doctor prescribed a low-cost blood thinner that’s been on the market for years. She said he’s doing just fine on the “rat poison” disparaged by her mother’s first doctor. His cost: a $6 copay every 30 days.

For a long time, impartial medical experts have thought that the choice of drugs and devices may be related to payments doctors receive from drug and device companies.

Since 2014 the Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires drug and device makers to report to the government the payments they make to doctors.

The Medicare database is a treasure trove of some 11 million payments  to physicians.


The online publication ProPublica found that drug and device makers gave more than one billion to doctors and hospitals from August 2013 to the end of 2016. Some of them have received payments totaling millions of dollars.

However, the drug and device database may be one of health care’s best-kept secrets. 

A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that only about 3 percent of respondents said they knew if their own doctor had received payments from the medical industry. Unlike Peggy’s family, they had no idea that Medicare’s Open Payments database existed.

Most Americans don’t readily switch doctors sometimes – even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the doctors performed badly. The Lown Institute, a Boston medical think tank, reporting on the BMJ study, concluded, “maybe we should be more open to switching doctors based on their relationship with industry.”

Peggy had some advice of her own: “Do the research. Did the doctor receive money to push the drug? Ask questions?  How much does the drug cost? Is it really a better alternative?”

Do you have an experience about health insurance you’d like to share or a question you’d like to ask? Write to Trudy at trudy.lieberman@gmail.com.

This piece was originally published as part of Rural Health News Service series, “Thinking About Health”, on 3/26/19.


https://tarbell.org/2019/03/drug-company-payments-to-doctors-may-influence-prescription-choices/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 04, 2019, 11:51:59 pm »

Trump 🦀 and Pelosi 🐍 Both Cater to Private 👹 Health InsuranceWendell Potter

April 4, 2019

Trump’s “great healthcare plan” and opposition to Medicare for All’s “socialism” and Pelosi’s defense of the ACA and opposition to single-payer are both aimed at garnering support from the private insurance industry


Story Transcript

PAUL JAY: Welcome to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay.

Ten years ago, Wendell Potter had quit his job as a senior executive at CIGNA health insurance. He’d been in the business for about 20 years and had risen to a very senior executive position, head of communications at CIGNA, and he decided he’d had enough. He took a year off to decide what he would do with the rest of his life. Well, here’s what he decided to do.

WENDELL POTTER [CLIP]: It recently became abundantly clear to me that the industry’s charm offensive—which is the most visible part of duplicitous and well-financed PR and lobbying campaigns — may well shape reform in a way that benefits Wall Street far more than average Americans …. The industry and its backers are using fear tactics, as they did in 1994, to tar a transparent, publicly-accountable health care option as a “government-run system.” But what we have today, Mr. Chairman, is a Wall Street-run system that has proven itself an untrustworthy partner to its customers, to the doctors and hospitals who deliver care, and to the state and federal governments that attempt to regulate it.

PAUL JAY: That was June 24, 2009. And that kicked off the rest of Wendell Potter’s life, where he became a fighter for health care reform, consumer rights advocacy, fighting to keep money out of politics, and now working in investigative journalism. He’s the author of several books; Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, also with Nick Penniman, he wrote Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It. And his new project is Tarbell.org   , a website which does investigative journalism into how money in politics impacts millions of Americans. Thanks for joining us.

WENDELL POTTER: My pleasure, Paul. Thank you.

PAUL JAY: So normally on Reality Asserts Itself, we do this sort of biographical and then we get into the issues. But because of all the recent brouhaha about how the Republican Party is going to become the party of great health care, and the Democrats all now fighting Trump on health care after the Mueller report didn’t give them what they wanted, at least not so far, we’re going to start with this current iteration of the health care debate. And then in following segments we’ll get into the more biographical issue, and then we’ll pick up again drilling into the whole health care and some of the other issues you’re interested in.

WENDELL POTTER: Sure.

PAUL JAY: So as we say, Trump–there’s a court case going on, they’re trying to rule the Obamacare as unconstitutional. Trump’s jumping on that, saying now we’re going to have an opportunity to do a Republican health care plan. Nancy Pelosi is taking him up on it, saying no, they need to fix the ACA, Affordable Healthcare Act. In the wings, people are running for president, many of whom are various versions of Medicare for All, single payer health care. What do you make of the politics of all this?

WENDELL POTTER: Well, the politics of all of it is that nothing is actually going to happen in Congress one way or another that will affect our health care system, even though Pelosi and Schumer are saying–well, at least Pelosi–they’re going to be able to introduce some legislation to, as they put it, “shore up the Affordable Care Act.” That’s not going to go anywhere. Even if they pass it in the house, it’ll surely not pass the Senate and never reach the president’s desk.

The president has really got Republicans in Congress quite concerned, because he has said publicly–and he’s had to backtrack–he’s said that the Republicans would come up with some kind of bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, which they spent years saying they would try to do and never did. And of course, he said that his administration would support this lawsuit that is challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. That actually could work its way through the court system and even reach the Supreme Court this year or next. No one knows exactly how long it would take. But that could–if the Supreme Court upholds a decision in a Texas court–that could really undo the Affordable Care Act. That’s where things stand right now. But in terms of legislation, don’t expect to see anything out of either chamber that will reach the president’s desk.

PAUL JAY: Now, a lot of this is positioning for the 2020 elections.

WENDELL POTTER: Absolutely.

PAUL JAY: On both sides. In terms of the judicial process, I mean, how quickly can this proceed. If, for example, the Supreme Court found against the ACA–although previously, not that dissimilar numbers of the court. Roberts went with saying the ACA was constitutional, but there’s some new twist with the case this time that maybe would change his vote. I mean, what timeframe might this happen in, and how realistic is it that Roberts may go the other way this time?

WENDELL POTTER: Well, the case is being appealed. The decision of the Texas federal court which sided with the attorneys general of the Republican states that filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, that is being appealed at a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Don’t know exactly when we’ll hear about that case, but I would expect probably that that case will overturn the Texas judge’s decision. It’s all political, and the judge in New Orleans was appointed by Democrat, so there is some expectation that he will overturn that earlier court decision. Whatever happens, it likely will proceed on to the Supreme Court, because whoever loses probably will try to get it to the Supreme Court. How long that will take is really unknown, but conceivably if the court decides to take it up, it could take it up next year.

PAUL JAY: I mean, one would think, given Trump has so many allies on the Supreme Court, that they will make damn sure that they do not make a decision pre-election, or they will be handing Trump and the Republicans a dog’s breakfast mess, no health care system at all, going into the 2020 elections.

WENDELL POTTER: I think you’re exactly right.

PAUL JAY: So this is a good propaganda move, but this is not… Be careful what you wish for President Trump, because if you get this handed back to you, this is going to kill you in the 2020 election.

WENDELL POTTER: Yeah, it absolutely will. And I think the attorneys general that brought this suit did this. Without really understanding what would happen if this law is declared unconstitutional. And you’re exactly right. If the Supreme Court were to side with those attorneys general, it would be an absolute chaotic mess for the president– for everybody, for that matter, but it would be a disaster–

PAUL JAY: First and foremost for the American people, who will have no idea what their health insurance is anymore.

WENDELL POTTER: Exactly. And it would be worse than the reality of our healthcare system before the Affordable Care Act was passed, because health care costs, they’ve continued to go up. And so, it would be, as you put it, a dog’s breakfast. It would be a real mess. And for that reason, I don’t think we’ll see the Supreme Court being eager to take this up, quite frankly, and they may never do it. But if they do, there are two Trump appointees on the bench now.

PAUL JAY: And for Trump’s base, it makes him look good. Because one of the accusations of the base is how they didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare. Some of the right wing radio pundits give him hell for it and give the Republicans hell for it. So he can now show, “I haven’t given up on this,” even though it’s mostly BS probably. Another kind of BS that’s happening on the side of the Democratic Party–Ryan Grim from The Intercept had an interesting story how behind the scenes, Nancy Pelosi is actually meeting with–or her representatives are–meeting with the private insurance companies and saying, “Don’t worry, we who actually really run the Democratic Party are not interested in single payer Medicare for All style health care.” What do you know about this?

WENDELL POTTER: It’s terrific reporting by Ryan Grim at The Intercept. And it’s been verified that a guy named Wendell Primus  , who is Pelosi’s chief healthcare policy 😈 guy, was meeting behind closed doors with health insurance company executives, more or less reassuring them that “not to worry, we’re not going to do anything that will bother your profits.” And even more recently, reports surfaced about his having yet another closed door meeting, this time with staff of Democrats in the House, essentially saying, “We know some of you guys have introduced and are cosponsoring a Medicare for All bill. Go slow on that. We’re not going to really pay any attention to that legislation.” So what’s behind this, quite frankly, is money in politics, Paul. Because a lot of the Democratic leaders have taken a boatload of money from the health insurance industry, from the pharmaceutical companies, and they don’t want that to end anytime soon.

PAUL JAY: Yeah. Let me say to our audience go, to Tarbell.org. Because there’s an article there which actually lays out which of the Democrats have gotten money from the health care industry. You’ve done a lot of that kind of reporting.

WENDELL POTTER: We have. And we’re going to continue to take a close look at that. As we go through this election cycle, we’re going to continue to report on which Democrats are on the take, and there are a lot of them in the House in particular. Both in the House and the Senate, but it’s clear that those that have taken a lot of money–and one of those who has is a congresswoman from Illinois, 😈 Cheri Bustos, who is now the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

PAUL JAY: And if I remember from your article, she’s a former insurance executive as well. You guys went in kind of different directions.

WENDELL POTTER: Exactly. She and I had exactly the same title, Vice President of Corporate Communications. And yes, we went different directions. But she is one of the members of the House, the Democratic Caucus, who’s taken big checks from all five of the political action committees of the big for-profit insurance companies. And she’s, her own self, been throwing cold water on the idea of moving toward a Medicare for All type system. So she’s really carrying water for the health insurance industry. 


PAUL JAY: Well, we’ll get into some of the detail of the objections to single payer coming from the Democratic Party and the Republican Party leadership in one of the future segments. But the current situation, I think it’s kind of ironic in some ways. When President Obama got Obamacare passed, he made a deal with pharma that “if you don’t fight me on this health care reform because we’re ‘taking on the private insurance companies'”–I think in the early stages, maybe the private insurance companies didn’t like what was coming, but in the end, watch what happened to their stock once it got passed. They didn’t mind it whatsoever. But in the beginning, they didn’t like the fact that it was even being talked about, how to change the system.

But President Obama says to pharma, “Stay out of this and we’ll leave you guys alone, and we’ll protect you from this importation of Canadian generic drugs and such.” Now it’s a bit of the reverse. Pelosi is saying to the insurance companies, “Don’t worry, we’ll protect you from single payer, Medicare for All, but don’t you fight us, because we want to bring down drug prices,” when the whole thing’s an integrated problem.

WENDELL POTTER: Oh, it is. It is an integrated problem. In fact, all the special interests in health care–we’re talking about insurance companies, drug companies, big hospital companies, medical device manufacturers, the AMA–they have symbiotic relationships. And it’s just foolishness to think that there is any interest among any of those parties, including the insurers, to really do something about bringing down health care costs. There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on, and that serves a useful purpose for them. The drug companies point the finger of blame at insurance companies, and the insurance companies say it’s pharma or the pharmacy benefit managers, which is another layer of middlemen that we might talk about. But it’s an extraordinarily complex system.

PAUL JAY: We’re going to get into this in more detail, but let me just ask you one question. I don’t understand why the insurance companies don’t have a self interest in being more active in reducing certain costs. And I’ll give you an example from my personal experience. My kid needed a CPAP machine for apnea. And for a technician to come to the house, bring the machine, shove it on his head, and in about four minutes, do it up, the insurance company–which wound up getting the whole bill because I’d already met our crazy 3000 dollar deductible for the year–but 2300 dollars for a machine that sells on Amazon for 125 dollars, and ten minutes of this woman’s time. I don’t understand, why do insurance companies put up with that?

WENDELL POTTER: Well, they don’t have any real incentive to bring costs down. They talk a good game. And they sold us, the American public, a bill of goods over many years, trying to make us believe that they can bring costs down, or have an interest in doing that. See, they have kind of a monopoly situation. You are not eligible for Medicare, so you have to get your coverage through the private insurance market. Not one of them, even those big ones, including the big ones that I used to work for, has enough market share to really negotiate favorable deals with the drug companies or big hospital companies. So that’s number one. They’re not big enough, they don’t have enough clout to do it. The other is they don’t have much of a desire to do that, despite what they say. Because as health care costs go up, and because they’re kind of the only game in town for most of us, they’re able to raise premiums.

PAUL JAY: I was about to say, it helps justify crazy deductibles and all the rest.

WENDELL POTTER: Yeah. It’s just a matter of their, over time, being able to shift more and more the cost of premiums and the cost of health care to us. And as health care costs go up and they are able to take in more premiums, that means they get more revenue. So they grow, and they have more revenue to convert to profit. So that’s why it’s all a game, and that’s why all this finger pointing is just nonsense. They’re all in on the game and they’re making out like gangbusters, and the rest of us are getting screwed.

PAUL JAY: OK. On the next segment of Reality Asserts Itself with Wendell Potter, we are going to go back to those days leading up to his testimony at the Senate hearing. And we will go through the process of transitioning from a communication person, executive, defending the private insurance industry, to a communication activist attacking, or exposing, the private insurance industry. That’s on Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. Thanks for joining us.

https://therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-pelosi-both-cater-to-private-health-insurance-wendell-potter
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:02:07 pm »

Donald  Trump’s lies about healthcare go down in flames

Shirley Kennedy | 3:01 pm EDT March 30, 2019

Palmer Report » Analysis

In yet another move to hurt the American people, “President” Donald Trump is trying to rid us of the little healthcare coverage that we have. Trump throws out sound bites that have absolutely no grounding in either substance or fact. His tweet that the Republicans will be “the party of health care” is merely another example of what he does best: try to bullshit the American public. It is unfortunate that so many exist who believe his nonsense, but thankfully, people knowledgeable about the subject have plenty of things to say.


In a new article titled “There Is No GOP Obamacare Replacement And There Never Has Been,” Jeffrey Young of the Huffington Post writes that those who “pay attention to the world around [them]” know that Trump is lying. Young states: “Trump’s latest vow to reform the health care system is as bogus and disingenuous as all his others.” Let’s be real: Trump has never had a good idea about anything, let alone health care. He will, of course, never admit that, and instead he lies. Young points out a great example of that. Last year, Trump publicly bragged about having “record sales of health plans his administration authorized.” What? They have authorized nothing, just as they have done nothing.

AP Fact Check decided to look at Trump’s claim that if the Supreme Court were to overturn Obamacare, “we will have a plan that’s far better than Obamacare.” The fact is that neither Republicans in Congress nor Trump’s Health and Human Services group have any type of plans to provide “far better health care than the Affordable Care Act.” AP further states that they have seen no indications that the Trump administration is even working on a plan, let alone has one.

In a rebuke of Trump and his lies about health care, Judge John Bates (appointed by Bush) ruled Thursday that any effort by this administration to introduce plans that don’t meet coverage rules under the ACA “is a deliberate and illegal ‘end run’ around the federal health care law.” This ruling refers to something the Trump administration calls “association health plans,” which do offer lower premiums but also offer substandard benefits. Judge Bates’ ruling followed another federal judge’s ruling against work requirements for people on Medicaid, which he defined as “violat[ing] the program’s primary goal of delivering health care coverage to low-income Americans.”

Ending the ACA will effectively remove 20+ million Americans from the insurance rolls, according to Young. He reminds us that throughout the nine years of the ACA’s existence, Republicans have repeatedly promised a “great plan” that “reduced health care costs” and ensured that “people had access to affordable health care,” promises that will never materialize. Republicans are the party of NO health care, and they know it. Even Mitch McConnell is backing away from this fight according to Politico because he is up for re-election in 2020, and talk as they all might, the Republicans are well aware that affordable health care is at the top of most voters’ lists. Personally, I hope they continue to push it so that we will be ensured of having a Democratic president in 2020.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/healthcare-flames-trump-lies/17082/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 30, 2019, 03:42:03 pm »

Why this veteran oncology nurse quit
And focused on nutrition instead


The big problem: Nutritional deficiency plus poisoned immune system

Why a veteran oncology nurse quit - and focused on nutrition instead.

There has been progress in three or four areas - but they've made almost no progress in the major cancers: lung, breast, and colon cancer in the last 60 years.

What cancer patients need to know when they sign up for "mainstream ☠️" care.

The big problem: Nutritional deficiency plus poisoned immune system.

Does "modern" medicine address these two causes?

NO! They make them markedly worse.

Go here for the resources described in this interview.

http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/health-and-medical-2/why-this-veteran-oncology-nurse-quit.html

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