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Love Your Country? Save Health Care!


#1

Love Your Country? Save Health Care!

Sarah Chaisson-Warner

Senators are home to celebrate Independence Day this week. Don’t let them go back to D.C. without hearing how important saving health care is to our country.

We have one more chance to stop the GOP’s health care repeal before it sickens, bankrupts, and even kills many of us. Remember: grassroots pressure works.

Here’s how we can make our voices heard:


#2

"...the Promise of Better, More Affordable Health Care for All."

It's supposed to be a Human Right, not "Affordable".


#3

Promoting ObamaCare as an alternative to "save healthcare" is absurd and will continue to set back the fight for Single Payer/Medicare For All in the U.S., which is exactly what both wings of the Duopoly want.


#4

love your country by defending the ACA?

do any of these people think these arguments through before they print them?


#5

They could open Medicare to everyone, breaking the insurance companies’ stranglehold on coverage. They could also require Medicare and other programs to negotiate lower prices from drug corporations.

The writer at the end does point out Medi-Care for and she one of very few that do.


#6

It is a Human Right. It is just our country (TPTB) refuses to acknowledge.


#7

The only things good about destroying Medicare, which TrumpDontCare will do, is that it could hasten a single payer system, and force the Tea Baggers to admit they were wrong. Nah, forget that---the tea party admitting it's own fatal flaws is not humanly possible.


#8

As the number of people on Medicaid decreases, some people may die, but the number seeking care in emergency rooms also increases. The emergency rooms cannot absorb the increased amount of uncompensated care, so they shift the cost to either self-pay individuals or to insurance companies. The latter in turn increase premiums, co-pays and deductibles for those who are insured. As these increase, more individuals and companies are priced out of the market to send more people to the emergency room to shift more costs. This what the Institute of Medicine, the medical branch of the National Academy of Sciences, had in mind about fifteen years ago when it said that the health care system in the United States is not sustainable in the 21st Century. The only sustainable system is a national Medicare for all program. However, we will not have it nationally until we have it in a state or two. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said in the 1930s, "The states are the laboratories of democracy." Several states are working toward that goal-- California, New York, Colorado, Nebraska, and Ohio (SPANOhio.org); perhaps some others. Sooner or later, the richest country will join the remainder of the industrial world that now provide health care for all of their citizens.


#9

Dear Senator / Congressperson __________________________________,

I am asking you to publicly post online your FIVE STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS for Obamacare, with explanations of exactly how each improvement makes our health insurance and care system LESS DAMAGING to the health and finances of ALL Americans.

Some Suggestions:
1. Merge America’s thousands of employer market health risk pools into a single NATIONAL individual market risk pool on the Obamacare Exchanges, while still requiring employers to continue paying employee health insurance subsidies. This helps to economically spread health risks across the widest number of healthy Americans under age 65.
2. Move the health insurance income tax deduction out of employers’ hands and place it as a line item on everyone’s IRS 1040 /A /EZ tax return so that EVERYONE can FULLY claim that deduction. This will help to merge the employed health risk pool into the individual market risk pool by allowing employees to RETAIN their pre-tax-dollar buying power when choosing high quality national health insurance coverage on the exchanges. This also eliminates for EVERYONE the “Cadillac/Income Tax” on health insurance premiums. (Donald Trump’s position in 2016: “Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions?” h t t p : // web.archive.org / web/ 20160316080118/https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform ).
3. Require all health insurers to sell on the Obamacare Exchanges a NATIONAL STANDARD health plan with SINGLE NATIONAL provider network to those under age 65 (preferably a Clone of Classic 80/20 Medicare). This helps employers migrate their employees into high quality NATIONAL coverage, with minimal disruption for when employees change jobs, all while greatly simplifying the complicated private health insurance bureaucracy imposed on medical providers.
4. End Obamacare Expanded Medicaid Estate Recovery NATIONWIDE for those age 55 and up. Higher income earners age 55 and up do NOT have to pay back after death their totally free, federally funded Obamacare subsidies. Why should lower income earners be subject to Obamacare Expanded Medicaid Estate Recovery after death, and thus lose the value of what little property they own paying back possibly 10 YEARS WORTH of state purchased but federally funded Obamacare Expanded Medicaid insurance premiums?
5. Force states to bulk purchase MEDICAID coverage for all their citizens willing to buy into large, state based, Medicaid risk pools. This offers a state based public option for those not wanting to buy the lower quality, narrower network, riskier risk pool, and more expensive individual health plans sold on the exchanges.

Thank you. Your constituent: __________________________________