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« Reply #135 on: December 25, 2019, 10:22:11 pm »


By The Backbone Campaign, Popular Resistance.
December 24, 2019 | CREATE!

Above photo: Phil outside the CareFirst building in Baltimore, MD.


Phil Ateto, a 41 year old Annapolis resident, has been fighting multiple myeloma cancer for 9 years. Having exhausted almost every drug available, Phil’s oncologist requested that CareFirst approve him for Venetoclax, a new drug that is FDA approved for similar blood cancers, and has shown promising results in trials for those with multiple myeloma. His oncology team believes that taking Venetoclax for 1-3 months will allow him to survive long enough that he can undergo a Car-T Cell Treatment in early Spring, Phil’s doctor feels that this is his best and only option for staying alive.

CareFirst is denying Phil coverage. CareFirst is refusing to honor Phil and his doctor’s wishes. Phil’s cancer levels are growing everyday that he is not in treatment. CareFirst is condemning Phil to die.  But Phil is fighting back.

“After all that BS we heard about ‘death panels,’ the real death panels ☠️are the 😈🎩 insurance companies that get between patients and their doctors to deny care and access to medication. That interference is a death sentence for those being denied,” said Ateto. “That’s what 🐍 CareFirst is doing to me and I love life too much not to put up a fight.”

NOTE: Millions of people in the US are going without healthcare because they are uninsured or denied coverage or can’t afford the out of pocket costs. This one is personal for us. We have known and worked with Phil since he joined the campaign to stop the TransPacific Partnership in 2012. He has worked with us on the campaign for National Improved Medicare for All and on a wide variety of issues. Phil did light projection when we were at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC.

Phil joined the Backbone Campaign, where Margaret is a board member. Backbone has partnered with us in our action camps. Phil coordinated the Solidarity Brigades across the country that do light projection and other creative messaging. He works tirelessly even though he has cancer and despite the risk of arrest for simply exposing injustice.

Phil shows up and does whatever is needed. He does so with care and positivity. He also organizes against racism and for health care in his community. He is a dedicated activist. Now Phil needs us to show up for him. So far, funds have been raised for his first treatment. He will need a second one.

Together, we can raise the funds necessary so Phil will have treatment while we make so-called ‘CareFirst’ do their job of covering it.  – MF and KZ

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Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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Agelbert NOTE: This JonSellers witty sarcasm accurately communicates the American "Health" Insurance Situation.


I, for one, am happy to pay any amount demanded by our health insurance companies. The sacrifices these people go through in order to negotiate prices with doctors and hospitals is almost beyond comprehension. Not to mention the hours our great actuaries spend determining prices to charge. And don't get me started on the efforts of the humble bill checkers who have to scan so many doctor's bills for possible errors.

And think of the shareholders! Imagine the Galt-like heroes, every day risking their capital on us unscrupulous, sick know-nothings. Thank God that they have been rewarded for their wild risk-taking. Why I know one fellow who inherited a measly $200 million from his Dad and had the guts to invest $20 million in Aetna! He could of lost a few million dollars! What would he have done? Just go without the second yacht? Like an animal?

We have the greatest health-care system in the world. Canadians have to wait decades just to buy an aspirin. When we can get one same day for just $300 at the emergency room! Some of you Commie, liberal, Socialists may want to pay less, but for me, give me my liberty to work until I'm 67 so I can pay our insurance companies all that they're worth! I'm with Mish!

Mish is a Libertarian 👎 who, though able to add and subtract quite well, cannot bring himself to do the U.S. health care reality based math, which every other advanced industrialized country has done, proving that single payer is the best option for BOTH controlling costs and providing the highest quality health care.

Mish is a study in ideological blindness. He exposes the government corruption that produces artificially low inflation numbers and out of control health care costs, but totally fails to connect said calculated defrauding of the poor and middle class with those (i.e. Capitalist oligarchs running the Federal Reserve and Wall Street for the benefit of said greedballs) actually responsible for this U.S. Government corruption.

All that said, Mish is not totally out to ideological lunch. He does admit that soaring health care costs may very well give Bernie Sanders, a person Mish is totally at policy odds with, the 2020 Presidential election. The second comment below explains why that is a real possibility, since Sanders is the only Presidential candidate pushing for unrestricted Medicare-4-ALL.    

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Yep. Health care, currently 18% of US GDP, heading toward 25%.

Compared to “single payer” systems in much of the developed world which cost 8-11% of GDP, and cover everyone.

I know I keep repeating myself whenever Mish brings this up, but the US will eventually arrive at a single payer system at some point in the distant future. But not before they try everything else possible first. And not until the costs begin to approach 25% of GDP.

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Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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Home of the Brave, Land of the Free,™ etc.

Deaths From Drugs and Suicide Reach a Record in the U.S.
A look at an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and what it means.

More than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017. Credit...Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since the collection of this type of federal mortality data started in 1999, according to an analysis by two public health nonprofits, the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. To reach their conclusion, the two groups parsed the latest available data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These causes killed more than twice as many as they did in 1999.

More than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017. Nearly a third — 47,173 — were suicides.

“There are two crises unfolding in America right now,” said Dr. Benjamin Miller, the chief policy officer for Well Being Trust and the founding director of the Eugene S. Farley Jr. Health Policy Center in Aurora, Colo. “One is in health care, and one is in society.”

Dr. Miller attributed the increasing disparities in health care and inequalities in income as crucial factors in the feelings of despair, loneliness and a lack of belonging that contributed to suicides among many Americans.

The grim statistics are fueled by synthetic opioid deaths.

Twenty years ago, less than 1,000 deaths a year were attributed to fentanyl and synthetic opioids. In 2017, more than 1,000 Americans died from synthetic opioid overdoses every two weeks, topping 28,000 for the year.

Most of the increase was concentrated in the preceding five years, when such deaths rose tenfold and the opioid epidemic became the leading cause of deathfor Americans under 55.

West Virginia and New Mexico had the highest number of deaths, the analysis showed, with Mississippi and Texas the lowest. By region, the Northeast had the highest opioid death rates followed by the Midwest. The South’s rate was nearly half that of the Northeast.

“The numbers are driven in no small way by pharmaceutical companies creating addicting drugs and clinicians inappropriately oversubscribing opioids,” said John Auerbach, president and chief executive of Trust for America’s Health.

Though doctors and drug companies have been taking steps to control opioid addictions, Mr. Auerbach said, patients who are addicted to prescription opioids often shift to synthetic ones, like fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl has also snaked its way into other drugs like ****, Xanax and MDMA, widening the epidemic.

Suicides by gun increased 22 percent over the last decade.

Guns, which remain plentiful and accessible, were used in nearly half of the nation’s 47,173 suicides in 2017, the analysis showed.

Though most common with Caucasians, suicide by gun increased proportionally more among racial and ethnic minority groups, the study showed, especially among African-Americans and Latinos.

The rate among children and adolescents increased 16 percent.

Suicides can be the result of trauma that goes unrecognized or unaddressed — the loss of a job, home or death of a loved one, Mr. Auerbach said.

“Without the social cohesiveness and social support built within family,” he said, “people are experiencing trauma without what gave them resilience historically.”

While state legislatures passed 69 gun control measures in 2018, the measures are not reflected in this data, which were collected before 2018.

Suicide by suffocation rose 42 percent in the last decade.

There were 13,075 such deaths in 2017. Dr. Miller and Mr. Auerbach attributed this increase to copycat suicides.

“People get the idea from high-profile celebrities who die by hanging,” Dr. Miller said. In addition, the materials used in a hanging suicide are much more available than firearms.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription treatment intended to help the 16 million adult Americans living with depression. Experts in treating depression said they were encouraged by the news, but remained cautious about the development.

Five states reported a dip in these types of deaths.

Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah and Wyoming saw decreases. In some instances, the numbers in these state were high to begin with, according to Mr. Auerbach, a former Massachusetts health commissioner.

He said that in response to the crisis, Massachusetts had begun to limit prescriptions of opioids; increase patient beds; focus on quality of care for patients who had suffered trauma; create suicide prevention programs for veterans; and reduce the stigma of suicide through public information campaigns.

“The old way was, ‘Don’t talk about it,’” he said. “The new way is, ‘Let’s talk about it.’”

Dr. Miller said: “It’s hard not to be discouraged. But I’m on the road a lot and what brings me hope is the innovation that’s coming up from local communities. We see communities rising to the challenge, and that’s what gives me hope.”


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🐘 Republicans Starving Healthcare To Stuff Their Wallets  
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Starve the Best is a Reagan Era Republican Strategy used to shrink the social safety net and now Republicans are trying to starve Healthcare to stuff their wallets.
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Years after Ronald Reagan's presidency ended, his strategies and tactics are still being used by Republicans to cut down the social safety net and they are looking at taking down healthcare with  Ronald Reagan's Starve the Beast technique.

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