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Thursday, February 18th, 2010
10:41 pm
Public Option received unexpected help
It is no surprise that the Health Care reform WITH a Public Option needs a lot of help to even still be alive as a piece of legislation. For various reasons, people have not been enthused by it and some were downright against it.

Never fear, help arrives promptly from an unexpected source: Enter the Insurance Companies!

During this week several major health care insurance providers announced double digit rate hikes. Among them are Anthem Blue Cross (California's largest for-profit health care insurance provider) raises its rates by up to 39% in the state of California. Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield raises their premiums by 22%. Anthem of Maine requests a 23% increase.

The private sector's health care is not working. it forces individuals and families to drop health care altogether as it becomes less and less affordable. Crisis grows, number of uninsured grows. And while Republicans ignore the crisis altogether, there are some key democrats who are fighting to revive the public option in Congress.

To recap, February 16th a group of 4 key Democrats in US Senate signed a letter to Sen. Harry Reid to hold a vote on a government-run public insurance option:

Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio signed a letter urging Reid, D-Nevada, to hold a vote on the proposal under a rule known as a reconciliation, which would allow the measure to pass with only 51 votes -- a simple majority.

Over the last two days that group grew in size. Now, 17 Democratic Senators are supporting the letter.

Among the new additions are Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Al Franken (D-MN), Pat Leahy (D-VT), John Kerry (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

If anything, these private sector health care providers' rate hikes brought more urgency into healthcare reform, and re-energized the public option.

Current Mood: energetic
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
12:55 pm
Sanford Virus
I just found out about this really scary virus. I know a lot of people on here probably smoke, so I thought I would share this with you guys.

Sanford is my number one fear right now!
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
8:27 pm
SIngle payer healthcare is so long overdue.

My comments are in response to a local NY free papers printing about how the "insurance company" who was hired to oversee the distribution of one billion dollars to those effected by the 9/11 has failed in it's duty to do just that. Instead, they are litigating all cases first. I encourage you all to read this article which I am sure will inflame your sensibilities.


This is thee perfect example of healthcare for profit, not for the sake of helping people. Why the heck should people have to fight for their right to adequate and cost-effective healthcare, and it is a right so long as people have a Declaration of Independence right to life, liberty...etc! This is a sham and and a shame and people, especially our elected pols, need to fight back and demand healthcare for all. If France, England and Canada can do it and their economies are stable, why can't we? This 9/11 money was allocated for disbursement, not to be litigated over ad infinitum. What kind of legacy is established when we can't or won't help those in need? Where are the family values in it? I guess I am not apart of your family, is that it? It is no wonder God is written on our money. Its as if to say, God can be equated with money, therefore, God is money, money is our god. Perhaps it would be better to take the words, In God We Trust, off the dollar and put instead: In Profit We Trust. Healthcare for profit is a failure. The HMO managed care model is a failure.(Unless gaged on its profitability). How can a sane society which espouses family values and the best healthcare system on the planet allow people to die because they can not afford to live? Are we all insane? Where is the humanity in charging for basic rights? I have no problem paying a fraction more to cover everyone. Lets get real and prove we care about the citizens of the USA and wash ourselves of the healthcare lobbyists who line the pockets of our senators and congressional leaders.

Current Mood: angry
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
12:52 am
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
10:31 am
Hello everyone. Just thought I'd introduce myself.

My name is Rachel and I'm a 23 year old student at Mississippi State University majoring in Anthropology.

I didn't always support universal health care because I heard so many bad things about it but now I am strongly supporting it. I don't understand why some people do not consider health care a basic human right. I believe if the government has the resources then it should provide care for her citizens.

I'm still very new to the concept and trying to understand more about it. I've looked up FAQs and Pros and Cons but I still have some questions.

Right now my main on is, Is it true that there is ridiculously long waiting lists for surgeries? What will keep a person from waiting years for one if we had Universal Health care?

Thank you and I hope to learn more by being here.
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
12:46 pm
Master of Healthcare Leadership program...spread the word!
Hi, everyone!  I am the Program Coordinator for the Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Park University.  The program is completely online, and is a brand new program that's already making waves at the university.  Don't let the online factor fool you - we have high standards for our students and our goal is to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders (not just managers or administrators) to change the shape and form of America's healthcare industry. 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in this program, please let me know!

Here's our website: http://www.park.edu/grad/mhl-general.html
And here's our blog: http://mhlatpark.typepad.com/

PS - We also offer a fantastic Healthcare Advocacy Certificate (both professional and volunteer).  See here for more details!

Friday, December 15th, 2006
5:03 pm
Be able to thank a Doctor or Team Member...
I'm not personally a doctor or medical professional, but my younger brother was raised with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), so I'm very familiar with having a long term illness in my direct family. There were so many doctors along the way that helped him succeed, helped him to walk, to live a normal live. These doctors went far above and beyond the call of duty.

This holiday season, thank a medical professional that has touched your life in a special way.. Visit www.hero.md to tell your story and thank someone today.

Check out this site to say THANKS!
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
8:49 pm
Hi All
Hi All,

I am Dr. Moitraya Dasgupta from India. I am having 16 years of Medical Experience. A new to this community and I want to share my knowledge with everyone. Am looking for your cooperation.

Thanks and Regards,
Dr. Moitraya.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, August 21st, 2006
7:58 pm
2002 stats..

in the words of Dennis Kucinich,

"We're already paying for universal coverage. We're just not getting it."
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
6:20 am
Hi everyone

First post of a main topic here. Just wanted to let everyone know about our completely FREE projects and websites - we run the control-free network (http://www.controlfree.net - a network of sites) and we are spreading the word around.

The control-free network is a resource with free information in text, audio and video files, as well as links to a collective and other helpful websites.

The files not linked to from the website can be downloaded from us for free on SoulSeek (download this great file-sharing program for FREE at http://www.slsknet.org) - and to do this, just add our username, freeinfo.

All of the items we share are free and we take careful precautions not to share copyrighted material, as the fucking feds are always watching our shit (and your shit).

Also, this has been crossposted a bit.

So take care, check us out if you get a chance,
Peace, solidarity
-mc nf1
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
1:33 pm
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
7:41 am
The New Yorker
The bad idea behind our failed health-care system.
Issue of 2005-08-29
Posted 2005-08-22

Tooth decay begins, typically, when debris becomes trapped between the teeth and along the ridges and in the grooves of the molars. The food rots. It becomes colonized with bacteria. The bacteria feeds off sugars in the mouth and forms an acid that begins to eat away at the enamel of the teeth. Slowly, the bacteria works its way through to the dentin, the inner structure, and from there the cavity begins to blossom three-dimensionally, spreading inward and sideways. When the decay reaches the pulp tissue, the blood vessels, and the nerves that serve the tooth, the pain starts—an insistent throbbing. The tooth turns brown. It begins to lose its hard structure, to the point where a dentist can reach into a cavity with a hand instrument and scoop out the decay. At the base of the tooth, the bacteria mineralizes into tartar, which begins to irritate the gums. They become puffy and bright red and start to recede, leaving more and more of the tooth’s root exposed. When the infection works its way down to the bone, the structure holding the tooth in begins to collapse altogether.

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7:38 am
In Response To An Article.
This Article.
Statistics are easy to dig up, but reality is more difficult to find. While you can quote statistics about the waiting lines or lack of doctors, the hard cold reality that numbers fail to reach is the number of Americans who go untreated every year because they do not have adequate funds to cover the rising cost of healthcare premiums.
While I do not have numbers to fling out and amaze, it is not absurd to assume that many of these people who go untreated will develop further complications and die.
While I disagree with your assertion that universal healthcare is a poor concept, I do agree that there should be alternatives to those in a system willing to pay.
However, even though the Canadian system is tied up in bills disallowing or discouraging private surgery, this does not mean Americans would have to adopt such a practice.
In fact, in the past, it has been American policy to take what they like from a system and leave what they don't like.
Why, then would it not be feasible to take a Universal Healthcare system and treat the 45 million Americans before they develop further conditions, and let those that have money to pay into a more timely system?
-thecause @ townhall.com
7:15 am
Bush Health Care 2006: More Sad than Hopeful
by Len M. Nichols
March 2006
Twelve years ago Bill Clinton asked members of Congress to “guarantee every American the same health care they have.” That was a hopeful vision. [In his State of the Union address,} George W. Bush asserted we are already meeting our responsibility for the poor and elderly, which is surely news to the 40% of our poor who are uninsured. The elderly, mostly confused about which (if any) new drug plan to select, might also be surprised at his complacency. Astoundingly, the President did not mention the 46 million uninsured at all.

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12:27 pm
Is this a dead community?
Just curious...is anyone still posting here? Or planning to post? Any issues???? I guess this is a hard one to keep alive...
Friday, December 16th, 2005
2:47 am
universal healthcare
I am an American nurse working in critical care. I see people who come in in critical condition who would probably not be that way if they had access to free healthcare and health education to begin with. I see doctors discharging diabetics who came in with diabetic ketoacidosis the day before (a very dangerous condition) who have not had any real education on their condition and I know they will be back in ketoacidosis or with complications of uncontrolled diabetes later on. It breaks my heart to see how many people are suffering from lack of basic healthcare in this system gone wild. To hell with beaurocrats who do not understand what it is like to be a working class person with a family who needs healthcare but can't afford it and therefore doesn't get it before his health has deteriorated to the point where he ends up hospitalized (which costs much more than preventative healthcare). I am so tired of discharging people who can't even afford their medicine or who get out with a 30 day supply and then don't refill it because they can't afford it...they just end up back in the hospital, which costs way more than their drugs would. Doctors come in all shapes and sizes but only two philosophies, it seems. They either "get" the problem or they stick to their conservative ideology. Question: Where is wisdom? Answer: Holding hands with mercy.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
11:09 pm
Corporate Healthcare4All?
The sigh of relief for General Motors is a fresh reason for Americans to scream for a national solution on healthcare. Staggered by $3.8 billion in losses so far this year, but holding the leverage of cutting jobs, GM got the United Auto Workers to agree to a tentative contract that will probably triple or quadruple the contribution of workers to their healthcare.

Up to now, union members paid 7 percent of healthcare costs. Salaried GM employees are now paying 27 percent of their healthcare costs. GM hopes to save $1 billion from its annual $6 billion cash outlay for healthcare. CEO Rick Wagoner said: ''Health costs in this country are out of control. This will significantly improve our overall cost competitiveness, as is sorely needed and will be critical to getting GM North America back to profitability as soon as possible."

There is a reason unrelated to healthcare that GM will continue to have problems with competitiveness, namely, stupidity. As the world's largest automaker trumpeted this agreement, it also announced that it will offer $500 of free gasoline to purchasers of 2005 or 2006 sport utility vehicles. This incentive comes at time when $3-a-gallon gasoline has caused sales of small cars to shoot up 23 percent in September.

Friday, August 12th, 2005
10:35 pm
Want a Health Tip? Move to Canada
Published on Monday, February 23, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times
In Health, Canada Tops US
Our neighbors to the north live longer and pay less for care. The reasons why are being debated, but some cite the gap between rich and poor in the US
by Judy Foreman

Sunday, July 24th, 2005
11:55 pm
I first experienced a Universal Health care based system in Albuqurque, New Mexico throught the University of New Mexico. Lines were long, but it was cheap and lead to much needed medication.
Since that time, I have desired to push things forward with Universal Health Care particularly in the United States.
I am open to ideas, webpages and any information that you might have on this matter.
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