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Better Health Insurance Begets Better Life

Better Health Insurance Begets Better Life

Leo Gerard

Last month, in a Pittsburgh parking lot following a conference on type 1 diabetes, three women stood crying. Two of them, mother and teenaged daughter, had just handed a stranger, 25-year-old Michelle, three shopping bags full of insulin pump supplies.

Michelle was overwhelmed. She knew they were meeting that day so that the mother and daughter could give her medical provisions she needed to stay alive, but she had not realized it would be thousands of dollars’ worth until she saw those bags.

We seriously need NOT-FOR-PROFIT management of healthcare. And M4A.
It used to be typical for the employer of a unionized company to give a choice at wage negotiations. A raise in pay OR a relief of higher insurance costs.

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Better Health Insurance Begets Better Life

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! AND HELL NOOOOOO!!!
As long as “insurance” is in the plan for health CARE, there will always be a corporate entity taking high profits superceding CARE!!! M4A, Universal, Single-Payer, whatever the hell the most current name is. It is either THAT or bust! Why? Because people ARE going bust or dying as long as their is a capitalist involvement in health CARE!

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Medicare for All is insurance. It is insurance that Americans would give to all Americans through tax payments. Insurance doesn’t have to contain a profit motive. It doesn’t have to be a private supposedly non-profit with ridiculous overhead and CEO pay. It can be the government providing health insurance for all citizens. Right now, the government provides health insurance for senior citizens and the very poor, who get Medicaid. Everyone should have that insurance.

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O.K. Semantics. We are talikg about the same thing BUT when I hear “insurance” I hear PROFIT FOR THE MIDDLE MAN. (By the way, I have VA, which is the same thing, basically, as M4A.)

The “VA” is NOT “the same as Medicare for all”, and is far from being the same as Medicare as it exists today. The US Veterans Administration (VA) is a carbon copy of the United Kingdom’s socialized medicine wherein all facilities, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are gubmit employees and the gubmit negotiates drug prices. The only exception is that in recent years VA patients living in rural areas that lack VA facilities are allowed to be treated by rural medical providers designated by the VA. The VA negotiates drug prices. VA patients’ treatments and drugs are covered by taxpayers.

For most “senior citizens” the gubmit DOES currently provide Medicare for $100-$140 per month, however, those senior citizens also need to spend hundreds per month on supplemental insurance premiums and/or co-pays to cover prescription drugs and other “gaps” in Medicare coverage. Neither Medicare or supplemental insurance cover non-prescription drugs, dental, naturopathic, or acupuncture.

Both the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, and 2010 ACA solidified Congress’ mandate that Medicare never be able to negotiate drug prices. Check out Wikipedia’s write up on Billy Tauzin if you want to drill down on that subject.

Insurance is a financial product, not a health care product.

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We need Actual Medicare for All. In actual Medicare for All there is no role for a commercial health insurance company.

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