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OBAMACARE was not the answer no matter the improvements made. 

 

Wellstone ..... the largest insurer in the nation wrote Obamacare HOWEVER the ALEC GOP does zero to improve anything and prefers death panels.

 

About ObamaCare:

 

“The people in favor of a public alternative can’t scrape up the millions of dollars Baucus has received from the health sector during his political career. In fact, over the last two decades, the current members of the entire finance committee have collected nearly $50 million from the health sector, a long-term investment that’s now paying off like a busted slot machine.”

 

"In Washington, Revolving Doors are Bad for Your Health"
By Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

 

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog/2009/10/bill_moyers_michael_winship_in.html#more

 

In just the last few months, the health care industry has spent $380 million on lobbying, advertising and campaign contributions. And -- don’t bother holding onto your socks -- a million and a half of it went to Finance Committee Chairman Baucus.

 

The health care industry alone has eight lobbyists for every member of Congress and more than 500 of them are former Congressional staff members, according to the Public Accountability Initiative’s LittleSis database.

 

Just to be certain Congress sticks with the program, the industry has been showering megabucks all over Capitol Hill. From the beginning, they wanted to make sure that whatever bill comes out of the Finance Committee puts for-profit insurance companies first -- by forcing the uninsured to buy medical policies from them. Money not only talks, it writes the prescriptions.

 

If you’ve been watching the Senate Finance Committee’s markup sessions, maybe you’ve noticed a woman sitting behind Committee Chairman Max Baucus. Her name is Liz Fowler.

 

Fowler used to work for WellPoint, the largest health insurer in the country. She was its vice president of public policy. Baucus’ office failed to mention this in the press release announcing her appointment as senior counsel in February 2008, even though it went on at length about her expertise in “health care policy.”

 

Now she’s working for the very committee with the most power to give her old company and the entire industry exactly what they want – higher profits – and no competition from alternative non-profit coverage that could lower costs and premiums.

 

A veteran of the revolving door, Fowler had a previous stint working for Senator Baucus – before her time at WellPoint. But wait, there’s more. The person who was Baucus top health advisor before he brought back Liz Fowler? Her name is Michelle Easton. And why did she leave the staff of the committee? To go to work – surprise – at a firm representing the same company for which Liz Fowler worked – WellPoint. As a lobbyist.

 

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard in the old Washington shell game. Lobbyist out, lobbyist in. It’s why they always win. They’ve been plowing this ground for years, but with the broad legislative agenda of the Obama White House – health care, energy, financial reform, the Employee Free Choice Act and more – the soil has never been so fertile.

 

The health care industry alone has eight lobbyists for every member of Congress and more than 500 of them are former Congressional staff members, according to the Public Accountability Initiative’s LittleSis database.

 

Just to be certain Congress sticks with the program, the industry has been showering megabucks all over Capitol Hill. From the beginning, they wanted to make sure that whatever bill comes out of the Finance Committee puts for-profit insurance companies first -- by forcing the uninsured to buy medical policies from them. Money not only talks, it writes the prescriptions.

 

In just the last few months, the health care industry has spent $380 million on lobbying, advertising and campaign contributions. And -- don’t bother holding onto your socks -- a million and a half of it went to Finance Committee Chairman Baucus, the man who said he saw “a lot to like” in the two public option amendments proposed by Senators Rockefeller and Schumer, but voted no anyway.

 

The people in favor of a public alternative can’t scrape up the millions of dollars Baucus has received from the health sector during his political career. In fact, over the last two decades, the current members of the entire finance committee have collected nearly $50 million from the health sector, a long-term investment that’s now paying off like a busted slot machine.

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

Tax dollars paying for health care is the same as each one of us paying for our own healthcare kind of like paying out of pocket or like withdrawing from MY health care savings account BECAUSE those tax dollars came from the people.

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

Realizing a 30% decrease in administrative costs ONCE Single payer insurance goes into effect it is not difficult to fathom

how affordable Single Payer Insurance can be.

 

IMPROVED Let’s direct OUR tax dollars to fund OUR medical insurance by our own choice. 

 

Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL would cover every person for all necessary medical care 24/7 to include:

     

* Wellness

* prescription drugs

* hospital

* surgical

* outpatient services

* primary and preventive care

* emergency services

* dental

* mental health

* home health 

* physical therapy

* rehabilitation (including for substance abuse)

* vision care

* hearing services including hearing aids

* chiropractic

* durable

* medical equipment

* palliative care

* long term care  

 

No deductibles No Co-pays

 

IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for All leaves choice of doctors,clinics,hospital and services across the board to the consumer.

 

http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sure does bother our local conservatives a great deal which says this bold woman must be on to something

 

 

 

 

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It should be a source of, not embarrassment, but of humiliation for U.S. politicians that we do not have universal health care. Every first world country does, except ours, the wealthiest. What an indictment against our obviously corrupt government. Truly pathetic.

(We also have our propagandized cons to thank for this state of affairs. Thanks, dipsh*ts)

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4 hours ago, merrill said:

 

Tax dollars paying for health care is the same as each one of us paying for our own healthcare kind of like paying out of pocket or like withdrawing from MY health care savings account BECAUSE those tax dollars came from the people.

No, it is not the same in the slightest, dumbass.  Whenever people can draw money out of some kind of communal pot for something, they have absolutely no incentive whatsoever to be careful with how they spend it compared to the incentives they would behave if it was their own money, moron.  Why the hell do you think so many people on Medicaid call for ambulances without any valid reason just so they can get a free ride into town- Link, for just one example of thousands?

 

Damn, I swear you idiot libs seem to get dumber and dumber by the day...

 

Now, go cowardly run away like you always do after I humiliate you, chickenshit.

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Tax dollars paying for health care is the same as each one of us paying for our own healthcare kind of like paying out of pocket or like withdrawing from MY health care savings account BECAUSE those tax dollars came from the people. 

 

This is still a workable plan for me. This way medical bills will be paid to prevent increased rates due to unpaid bills.

 

AND America will have a healthier thus more productive work force.

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2 minutes ago, merrill said:

Tax dollars paying for health care is the same as each one of us paying for our own healthcare kind of like paying out of pocket or like withdrawing from MY health care savings account BECAUSE those tax dollars came from the people. 

 

This is still a workable plan for me. This way medical bills will be paid to prevent increased rates due to unpaid bills.

 

AND America will have a healthier thus more productive work force.

^^ dumbass can't tell us where the money for the  ADDITIONAL $3 Trillion in new spending will come from . 

 

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On 11/12/2018 at 12:04 AM, merrill said:

 

Why not put choices on the table? And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2020 BALLOT NATION WIDE = voting on the entire package thus providing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later this group will enroll in single payer.


=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 


=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 


 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

 

Let the people make the choices NOT the profiteers ..........

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5 minutes ago, merrill said:

 

Let the people make the choices NOT the profiteers ..........

You mean the people who actually PAY federal income taxes? Cause that would eliminate roughly 50% of you tit suckers. 

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On 11/12/2018 at 12:04 AM, merrill said:

 

Why not put choices on the table? And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2020 BALLOT NATION WIDE = voting on the entire package thus providing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later this group will enroll in single payer.


=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 


=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 


 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

 

Let the people decide then leave conservatives the choice to keep paying more and more and more and more and more. This way they can support their own investments in health care

and not on my nickel. They love paying more for everything.  

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

Keep the above in mind everyday ......

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

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On 1/6/2019 at 1:18 PM, merrill said:

 

Realizing a 30% decrease in administrative costs ONCE Single payer insurance goes into effect it is not difficult to fathom

how affordable Single Payer Insurance can be.

 

IMPROVED Let’s direct OUR tax dollars to fund OUR medical insurance by our own choice. 

 

Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL would cover every person for all necessary medical care 24/7 to include:

     

* Wellness

* prescription drugs

* hospital

* surgical

* outpatient services

* primary and preventive care

* emergency services

* dental

* mental health

* home health 

* physical therapy

* rehabilitation (including for substance abuse)

* vision care

* hearing services including hearing aids

* chiropractic

* durable

* medical equipment

* palliative care

* long term care  

 

No deductibles No Co-pays

 

IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for All leaves choice of doctors,clinics,hospital and services across the board to the consumer.

 

http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sure does bother our local conservatives a great deal which says this bold woman must be on to something

 

 

 

 

 

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On 1/6/2019 at 6:34 PM, merrill said:

Tax dollars paying for health care is the same as each one of us paying for our own healthcare kind of like paying out of pocket or like withdrawing from MY health care savings account BECAUSE those tax dollars came from the people. 

 

This is still a workable plan for me. This way medical bills will be paid to prevent increased rates due to unpaid bills.

 

AND America will have a healthier thus more productive work force.

persons that actually vote are a minority of the population, so where in this democracy has the majority spoken in an election when that minority is divided on top of voters being a minority of the population.

 

Statistical averaging factualizes lies and liars tell the truth about statistical studies denying how life actually functions naturally using peoples's nature nurtured against the individual simultaneously alive cradle to grave.

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Responsible YES!!!

 

The Wall Street Journal said today that Trump is increasing the cost of health care as we speak.

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THE healthcare industry does not want people to be healthy so we get misinformation. So  hey DB be a couch potato and keep your plastic money going to the doctor.

 

Bottom line I like to think for myself which is what I do for my health.

 

Meanwhile .....

Multivitamins are specially formulated to meet specific health needs. There are different blends of vitamins to meet the specific needs of men and women, including those with active lifestyles or those 40+ or 55+.

 

Support overall health and wellness: Multivitamins aim to support your overall health and wellness, rather than targeting one deficiency.

 

Whole-food fermented: Your body can easily recognize and absorb the nutrients in our multivitamins because they're fermented with probiotics and whole foods. Get the vitamins and minerals you need. I like the multivitamins which are free from the animal gelatin and sweeteners found in many gummies.

 

 

 

The Vitamin industry operates in many locations at about a 400% MARGIN therefore it is smart to do some serious shopping around. With so many consuming prepared foods and/or burgers and fries with beer vitamins cannot help but help.

 

Personally I prefer whole food types as opposed to synthetic types which may be worthless.  

 

Alcohol depletes the body of nutrition. And some synthetics may well be a by product of the fossil fuel industry.

 

Whereas the prescription drug industry operates at a 1000% margin or greater. Do prescription drugs cure anything? No way jose they only eliminate a symptom. And in most cases whatever is making one feel bad t will pass naturally in due time. It has been said more than once that by the time a person sees a doctor

and  buys a prescription waiting out the situation would more than likely have been effective enough treatment. Got a fever? Crawl under a blanket or two and sweat it out. 

 

I intend to continue my treatment with a multivitamin, Vita C and a Cal Mag. In addition to scarfing down a veggie diet usually prepared through steaming plus a smoothie or two that contains lovely tasting food. My exercise time is worth way more than money.

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On 1/5/2019 at 5:42 PM, merrill said:

OBAMACARE was not the answer no matter the improvements made. 

 

Wellstone ..... the largest insurer in the nation wrote Obamacare HOWEVER the ALEC GOP does zero to improve anything and prefers death panels.

 

About ObamaCare:

 

“The people in favor of a public alternative can’t scrape up the millions of dollars Baucus has received from the health sector during his political career. In fact, over the last two decades, the current members of the entire finance committee have collected nearly $50 million from the health sector, a long-term investment that’s now paying off like a busted slot machine.”

 

"In Washington, Revolving Doors are Bad for Your Health"
By Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

 

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog/2009/10/bill_moyers_michael_winship_in.html#more

 

In just the last few months, the health care industry has spent $380 million on lobbying, advertising and campaign contributions. And -- don’t bother holding onto your socks -- a million and a half of it went to Finance Committee Chairman Baucus.

 

The health care industry alone has eight lobbyists for every member of Congress and more than 500 of them are former Congressional staff members, according to the Public Accountability Initiative’s LittleSis database.

 

On 1/5/2019 at 5:42 PM, merrill said:

Just to be certain Congress sticks with the program, the industry has been showering megabucks all over Capitol Hill. From the beginning, they wanted to make sure that whatever bill comes out of the Finance Committee puts for-profit insurance companies first -- by forcing the uninsured to buy medical policies from them. Money not only talks, it writes the prescriptions.

 

If you’ve been watching the Senate Finance Committee’s markup sessions, maybe you’ve noticed a woman sitting behind Committee Chairman Max Baucus. Her name is Liz Fowler.

 

Fowler used to work for WellPoint, the largest health insurer in the country. She was its vice president of public policy. Baucus’ office failed to mention this in the press release announcing her appointment as senior counsel in February 2008, even though it went on at length about her expertise in “health care policy.”

 

Now she’s working for the very committee with the most power to give her old company and the entire industry exactly what they want – higher profits – and no competition from alternative non-profit coverage that could lower costs and premiums.

 

A veteran of the revolving door, Fowler had a previous stint working for Senator Baucus – before her time at WellPoint. But wait, there’s more. The person who was Baucus top health advisor before he brought back Liz Fowler? Her name is Michelle Easton. And why did she leave the staff of the committee? To go to work – surprise – at a firm representing the same company for which Liz Fowler worked – WellPoint. As a lobbyist.

 

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard in the old Washington shell game. Lobbyist out, lobbyist in. It’s why they always win. They’ve been plowing this ground for years, but with the broad legislative agenda of the Obama White House – health care, energy, financial reform, the Employee Free Choice Act and more – the soil has never been so fertile.

 

The health care industry alone has eight lobbyists for every member of Congress and more than 500 of them are former Congressional staff members, according to the Public Accountability Initiative’s LittleSis database.

 

Just to be certain Congress sticks with the program, the industry has been showering megabucks all over Capitol Hill. From the beginning, they wanted to make sure that whatever bill comes out of the Finance Committee puts for-profit insurance companies first -- by forcing the uninsured to buy medical policies from them. Money not only talks, it writes the prescriptions.

 

In just the last few months, the health care industry has spent $380 million on lobbying, advertising and campaign contributions. And -- don’t bother holding onto your socks -- a million and a half of it went to Finance Committee Chairman Baucus, the man who said he saw “a lot to like” in the two public option amendments proposed by Senators Rockefeller and Schumer, but voted no anyway.

 

The people in favor of a public alternative can’t scrape up the millions of dollars Baucus has received from the health sector during his political career. In fact, over the last two decades, the current members of the entire finance committee have collected nearly $50 million from the health sector, a long-term investment that’s now paying off like a busted slot machine.

 

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On 11/2/2018 at 11:13 PM, merrill said:

What would it take to get citizens pissed off enough to demand a consumer vote on this issue of single payer?

 

Yes it can happen if enough consumer pressure is applied. 

 

The insurance industry does not provide health care yet they are making bundles of money = time to stop this BS!!!!

 

Paying through the Taxman

 

The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Taxpayers need to increase to $5 trillion considering the money is in Washington DC as we speak. WE reallocate OUR tax dollars to cover OUR health care = which is efficient use of our money. The money is there and politicians with balls can find it.

 

Tax dollars pay for Medicare and Medicaid, for the Veterans Administration and the Indian Health Service. Tax dollars pay for health coverage for federal, state, and municipal government employees and their families, as well as for many employees of private companies working on government contracts. IMAGINE moving all of these tax dollar under one umbrella known as Single Payer.

 

Less visible but no less important, the tax deduction for employer-paid health insurance, along with other health care-related tax deductions, also represents a form of government spending on health care.

 

It makes little difference whether the government gives taxpayers (or their employers) a deduction for their health care spending, on the one hand, or collects their taxes then pays for their health care, either directly or via a voucher, on the other.

 

Moreover, tax dollars also pay for critical elements of the health care system apart from direct care—

 

Medicare funds much of the expensive equipment hospitals use, for instance, along with all medical residencies.

 

All told, then, tax dollars already pay for at least 3.4 trillion in annual U.S. health care expenses.

 

Recognizing these hidden costs that U.S. households pay for health care today makes it far easier to see how a universal single-payer system—with all of its obvious advantages—can cost most Americans less than the one we have today.

 

Medicare must exist in the fragmented world that is American health care—but no matter how creative the opponents of single-payer get, there is no way they can show convincingly how the administrative costs of a single-payer system could come close to the current level.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, merrill said:

 

Paying through the Taxman

 

The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Taxpayers need to increase to $5 trillion considering the money is in Washington DC as we speak. WE reallocate OUR tax dollars to cover OUR health care = which is efficient use of our money. The money is there and politicians with balls can find it.

 

Tax dollars pay for Medicare and Medicaid, for the Veterans Administration and the Indian Health Service. Tax dollars pay for health coverage for federal, state, and municipal government employees and their families, as well as for many employees of private companies working on government contracts. IMAGINE moving all of these tax dollar under one umbrella known as Single Payer.

 

Less visible but no less important, the tax deduction for employer-paid health insurance, along with other health care-related tax deductions, also represents a form of government spending on health care.

 

It makes little difference whether the government gives taxpayers (or their employers) a deduction for their health care spending, on the one hand, or collects their taxes then pays for their health care, either directly or via a voucher, on the other.

 

Moreover, tax dollars also pay for critical elements of the health care system apart from direct care—

 

Medicare funds much of the expensive equipment hospitals use, for instance, along with all medical residencies.

 

All told, then, tax dollars already pay for at least 3.4 trillion in annual U.S. health care expenses.

 

Recognizing these hidden costs that U.S. households pay for health care today makes it far easier to see how a universal single-payer system—with all of its obvious advantages—can cost most Americans less than the one we have today.

 

Medicare must exist in the fragmented world that is American health care—but no matter how creative the opponents of single-payer get, there is no way they can show convincingly how the administrative costs of a single-payer system could come close to the current level.

 

 

yes.. far too many private interests are trying to tap into the federal budget..with political handshakes the bill for private input is inflated to pay stockholders etc. The u.k health system is trying to fight off the private sector and if the railway etc are any example then the Nhs is doomed for inefficiency and exploitation.

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25 minutes ago, IvanSirko said:

yes.. far too many private interests are trying to tap into the federal budget..with political handshakes the bill for private input is inflated to pay stockholders etc. The u.k health system is trying to fight off the private sector and if the railway etc are any example then the Nhs is doomed for inefficiency and exploitation.

 

Privatization is all about tapping into the federal budget = guaranteed profits at taxpayer expense,

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Special interest campaign money and corporate welfare spending need to get out of the way.

 

Here are 10 great reasons to support Medicare Single Payer Insurance which reduces government spending simultaneously:

 

 1. Everybody In, Nobody Out. Universal means access to health care for everyone, period.  Plus it is estimated to create 2.6 million new jobs!

 

2. Portability. If you are unemployed, or lose or change jobs, your health coverage stays with you. 

 

3. Uniform Benefits. No Cadillac plans for the wealthy and Pinto plans for everyone else, with high deductibles, limited services, caps on payments for care, and no protection in the event of a catastrophe. One level of comprehensive care for everyone, regardless of the size of your wallet. 

 

4. Prevention. By removing financial roadblocks, a universal health system encourages preventive care that lowers an individual's ultimate cost and pain and suffering when problems are neglected and societal cost in the over-utilization of emergency rooms or the spread of communicable diseases. 

 

5. Choice. Most private insurance restricts your choice of providers and hospitals. Under the U.S. National Health Insurance Act, patients have a choice, and the provider is assured a fair payment. 

 

6. No Interference with Care. Caregivers and patients regain their autonomy to decide what's best for a patient's health, not what's dictated by the billing department. No denial of coverage 6for pre-existing conditions or cancellation of policies for "unreported" minor health problems. 

 

7. Reducing Waste. One third of every private health insurance dollar goes for paperwork and profits, compared to about 3% under Medicare, the federal government’s universal system for senior citizen healthcare.

 

8. Cost Savings. A guaranteed health care system can produce the cost savings needed to cover everyone, largely by using existing resources without the waste. Taiwan, shifting from a U.S. private health care model, adopted a similar system in 1995, boosting health coverage from 57% to 97% with little increase in overall health care spending. 

 

9. Common Sense Budgeting. The public system sets fair reimbursements applied equally to all providers, private and public, while assuring that appropriate health care is delivered, and uses its clout to negotiate volume discounts for prescription drugs and medical equipment. 

 

10. Public Oversight. The public sets the policies and administers the system, not high priced CEOs meeting in private and making decisions based on their company’s stock performance needs.

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

Reverse The GOP Tax Scam That Is Affecting All Middle Class America INCLUDING REPUBLICANS and of course the Entire Low Income Population. The Earned Income Tax Refund Has Been Eliminated.

 

It's Not Just Trump It Is The Entire GOP Tax Scam Against The So Called 99%!!

 

http://act.pfaw.org/sign/stop-GOP-tax-scam/?source=pfaw_actioncenter

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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On 10/26/2018 at 3:49 AM, merrill said:

WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes. Therefore 60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion. WHY NOT COVER ALL IN AMERICA FOR ABOUT THE SAME COST AS 60%?

 

Voters should know by now after 70 years politicians have never provided health insurance for the people. Too many on both sides of the aisle take money from the insurance industry, from health care providers and are investors. 

 

Yoder and the nations republicans have no answer. Of course donations/kicbacks to political campaigns cost money aka health care dollars so who gets billed for that? People buying insurance. 

 

WE voters need the last word aka WE voters need a ballot even a special election if necessary. The money that consumers and the cost of government will save would easily justify a special election.

 

Support Single Payer in the USA!

https://credoaction.com/storystream/support-medicare-for-all/

 

WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_medicare

 

Health care refers to services provided by medical professionals aimed at promoting physical and mental welfare, through the prevention, treatment, and management of illness. This includes care by the medical and allied health professionals, curative care for acute conditions, management of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

 

Although the aim of health care is to promote individual and public health, health care is a distinct concept from “health.” Factors outside of the provision of health care (e.g., diet, genetics) play an important role in determining individual health, and the provision of health care is only one aspect of the governance of health.

 

Equally though, governing health care extends beyond promoting health. Health care is a major industrial sector, a growing component of many developed countries’ national economies, and an important component of their labor force. 

https://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/health_care

 

 

 Put choices on the table! And show veterans and business a little more respect in the process.

 

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE ON A 2018 BALLOT NATION WIDE = allowing consumers 3 options for the rest of their lives. Which one works best for YOU


=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry. Sooner or later much of this group will enroll in single payer.

 

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so aka opt out. 

 

 

=== ALL Disabled vets should receive Medicare with a 100% benefit so they and their families can receive medical care immediately upon discharge. Make it retroactive.

 

=== Business should not be forced to provide health insurance.

 

Again WE know that using the existing medicare template to service Medicare for All Single payer saves lots and lots of dollars over reinventing the wheel. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

 

 

 

 

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