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

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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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A look at an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and what it means.[/b]

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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What's After We Get Single Payer Healthcare?
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What's After We Get Single Payer Healthcare?
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Single Payer is just the tip of the iceberg and as we organize towards single payer Timothy Faust argues that we seek Health Justice Now.
 
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From the publisher.

In Health Justice Now, Timothy Faust 👍 explains what single payer is, why we don’t yet have it, and how it can be won. He identifies the 😈 actors that have misled us for profit and political gain, dispels the myth that healthcare needs to be personally expensive, shows how we can smoothly transition to a new model, and reveals the slate of humane and progressive reforms that we can only achieve with single payer as the springboard.

In this impassioned playbook, Faust inspires us to believe in a world where we could leave our job without losing healthcare for ourselves and our kids; where affordable housing is healthcare; and where social justice links arm-in-arm with health justice for us all.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARDIOLOGISTS
« Reply #139 on: January 22, 2020, 04:02:47 pm »
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARDIOLOGISTS
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Cardiologist Practice "Guidelines": EIGHT categories of DRUGS (Diuretics, Beta-Blockers, Statins, Calcium Channel Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, etc.) FOUR Procedures (Stents, Ablation, etc.), ALL preceded by a rather expensive health depleting Stress Test with radionuclide cardiolite (equivalent to FORTY CHEST X-RAYS!) ... 👀
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Agelbert NOTE: IOW, Cardiologists, like MOST "Health Care" professionals in the USA, want REPEAT BUSINESS. They are NOT interested in curing you because that undermines the 'repeat business' "business model". So, expect a Cardiologist to want to prescribe some sort of drug FOR LIFE. Never mind that said drug may require ANOTHER drug down the road to counter the first drug's health depleting side effects, just take this drug and see us every month until you kick the bucket. What's that you say? You don't have medical plan? Well, I'm sorry, we don't run a charity health service here. Have a nice day.
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Bernie's Damn Bill Pt. 1: What Is Medicare for All? (Narrated by H. Jon Benjamin 👍)
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From Roosevelt’s attempt to create a New Deal national health insurance program, to the Trump administration’s repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate-the three-part “Bernie’s Damn Bill” video series reveals how decades of influence by greedy special interests have led to the present health care crisis.

Bernie has waged a four decades-long fight to implement Medicare for All and explains how his administration will take on corporations and the billionaire class to finally make it happen.

The series is narrated by H. Jon Benjamin, the accomplished voice actor who stars as Bob Belcher in Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and Sterling Archer in FX’s Archer. Benjamin is an outspoken progressive advocate who is endorsing Bernie’s presidential campaign.

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From Roosevelt’s attempt to create a New Deal national health insurance program, to the Trump administration’s repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate-the three-part “Bernie’s Damn Bill” video series reveals how decades of influence by greedy special interests have led to the present health care crisis.

Bernie has waged a four decades-long fight to implement Medicare for All and explains how his administration will take on corporations and the billionaire class to finally make it happen.

The series is narrated by H. Jon Benjamin, the accomplished voice actor who stars as Bob Belcher in Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and Sterling Archer in FX’s Archer. Benjamin is an outspoken progressive advocate who is endorsing Bernie’s presidential campaign.

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John Oliver Makes the Definitive Case for Medicare-for-All

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Is Medicare for All Bad for Union-Negotiated Healthcare?
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Is Medicare for All Bad for Union-Negotiated Healthcare?
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The argument that Medicare for All will hurt workers because it abolishes hard-earned healthcare benefits of unionized workers has repeatedly been used against Sanders and Warren. But does the criticism have any basis?

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Are These the Final Days of Legal Abortion?
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The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear the first challenge to abortion rights in the Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch era. There’s no more Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often voted with the liberal wing to uphold reproductive rights in the face of attacks on Roe v Wade.

And that means there is now a solid 5-4 conservative majority that really dislikes your right to choose what you do with your body.

The case they’re set to hear is known as June Medical Services v. Russo. The main issue in June Medical is whether Louisiana can require all abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

These laws are known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws. They cover things like the way abortion clinics look — including minute details like the width of hallways — and requirements about how, where, and by whom medication abortion can be provided.

Conservative lawmakers around the country say they’re passing TRAP laws in the name of ensuring patient safety. But that’s a bunch of bullshit. Abortion is already supremely safe — much safer than other outpatient procedures that don’t necessarily require admitting privileges.

And get this, the hospital admitting privileges law is also unconstitutional. The Supreme Court said so just over three years ago in its landmark opinion in a case called Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

So what’s really going on here? Why try to pass burdensome laws that are also medically unnecessary? Well it’s pretty simple: These lawmakers want to shut down abortion clinics.

In other words, don’t attack Roe and the right to abortion itself — attack access. If you can’t access abortion, there is no right to abortion.

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Agelbert NOTE: The solution to the above fascist crap is for Bernie Sanders, once he is elected President, to join with Congress and PACK the Supreme Court with an 18 member total so these Fascist 😈 Federalist Society Judges are permanently STOPPED from undermining Stare decicis (case Law established precedent).
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Rep. Katie Porter 👍 on the Stress of Surprise Medical Billing | NowThis
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