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PUBLIC CITIZEN’S STATEMENT ON THE MEDICARE  FOR ALL ACT OF 2021

“After COVID-19, there is simply no excuse for the U.S. not to adopt Medicare for All and join all other rich countries by treating health care as a right.

“The overwhelming case for Medicare for All has long been clear. Medicare for All will end the cruel and needless rationing of health care that defines the current system. Rationing that keeps tens of millions of uninsured and underinsured people from seeking care. Rationing imposed by health insurers who deny care as a core part of their business model. Rationing that too often makes medicines available based on ability to pay, rather than need, leading 29% of Americans to report they do not fill prescriptions or take them as prescribed due to cost concerns.

“Medicare for All will put an end to all of this. It will establish, simply, that health care is a right and that all Americans have access to care. Regardless of ability to pay. Regardless of race or ethnicity. Regardless of whether they live in a city or rural area. Regardless of employment status.

“It’s not just about access. Medicare for All will improve health care quality. Every American would have better insurance – with broader coverage, including for long-term care – with an improved and expanded Medicare than they do now. Doctors and nurses would be freed to provide care rather than spend their time on billing. Medical equipment and facility investments would be based on need rather than corporate gamesmanship.

“Medicare for All will also be vastly more efficient than the current corporate-run system. It will save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating waste, marketing, bureaucracy, excessive executive compensation and profiteering.

“All of this has long been clear. What is different now is the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has underscored the cruelty and irrationality of our current health care system – and the urgency of replacing it with Medicare for All.

“Amid the worst acute public health crisis in generations, the current insurance system failed massively. Millions lost their health insurance and health insurer profits soared. Hospitals and providers, operating with just-in-time systems and investments oriented to expensive treatments rather than public health, were less well equipped to absorb the pandemic demands than they should have been.

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SAVE OUR SENIORS-EQUALITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Healthcare for All Los Angeles (HCA-LA) is helping to lead the fight to win healthcare for everyone in CA. They are advocating for an expansion of multilingual and multicultural healthcare services by working to win passage of AB1400, a legislative reform act that would put an end to the corporate domination of healthcare services. Maureen Cruise sites her own experiences as a Registered Nurse witnessing how private entities such as Pacifica Companies puts the welfare of corporate profits ahead of patient care.

“END THE US BLOCKADE OF CUBA. 
Bring Cuban Medical Providers to LA”
The Covid difference: health care for profit or for the people
To: Garcetti & Newsom: Invite Cuban doctors & nurses to assist in Covid-19 fight.
Car Caravan 1/31 to Demand “End US Blockade of Cuba, Normalize US-Cuba Relations”
 
California and Los Angeles are outpacing all other states and cities in the surge of COVID-19 cases and the failure to deliver enough vaccines into people’s arms. With 5,000 body bags, dozens of refrigerated trucks ALREADY IN USE hospital gift shops, chapels and parking lots are converted to ICU units. The vaccinations are way behind schedule due to inept federal and local agencies and bureaucrats. It shall get worse without a radical change in operations and care of those infected.
 
Cuba, a nation of 11.3 million people, has 17,000 COVID-19 infections, and 162 deaths.
In contrast, LA County, population 10 million, has 800,000 COVID-19 infections, 12,000 deaths!
                                                           
For sixty years every Democratic and Republican administration has blockaded Cuba, violated Cuba’s sovereignty and sought to overthrow its government. Under the Trump administration, increased draconian measures have severely impacted Cubans and US residents. For the benefit of all we need travel, education, medical, scientific, and cultural relations normalized.
 
Now, when California is in a total medical crisis, lacking nurses, PPE, ICU beds is the time for Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti to invite Cuban doctors and nurses to assist those stricken by the disease who lack medical care.
 
“Cuba has expertise with successful battles against West African Ebola, SARS and other diseases to assist us during this crisis, and they are willing to come” said Ms. Lopez, coordinator of the Hands-Off Cuba committee, organizer of the caravan.
 
“What Cuba has done internationally and is continuing to do to save lives would help save lives here. Why not work with them, collaborate on successful strategies, ask for assistance and thus save countless lives statewide?” she added. “It is the stark difference between a health care for-profit healthcare system here versus one that provides free medical care for all in Cuba.”
 
“The pandemic provides a perfect opportunity for medical collaboration between the United States and Cuba to save lives and provide quality healthcare,” said Bob Schwartz, Vice President of Global Health Partners. “Hospitals throughout the state are now understaffed and our medical personnel are exhausted. Cuban medical personnel are successfully treating Covid patients in more than 40 countries – why not here in California?”
 
On January 31 the Cuban American community in Miami, and half a dozen other cities, are organizing car caravans with their supporters against the blockade, because it has increasingly isolated them from their families there and prevented them from sending financial assistance. 
 
“Here in LA, we are joining with Cuban Americans in LA and nationally to demand an end to the blockade, lift the embargo and end the horrific sanctions that are hurting the Cuban people. Cuba is a sovereign nation yet Washington continues to attack it and its international medical teams which are now in 40 countries helping battle Covid-19. Every year the UN votes overwhelmingly against the US blockade, but to no avail. The US delegate vetoes it, Lopez added.”
 
 
 

What does poverty look like in the United States?

Life inside an ‘American-made’ tragedy

 

Henry BroeskaHenry Broeska 4 days ago·9 min read

Aidan on a school night, accessing free Wi-Fi in the restaurant parking lot where he works and doing online homework by LED light.

Aidan on a school night, accessing free Wi-Fi in the restaurant parking lot where he works and doing online homework by LED light.

 

 

 

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MEDICAL APARTHIED

“SAY HERE NAME” Written by Akili and Dr. Emilee Bargoma

The recent and sad death of Dr. Susan Moore is another example of anti-Blackness and medical apartheid. In the words of Dr. Susan Moore: “You have to show proof that you have something wrong with you, in order for you to get the medicine. I put forward, and I maintain: If I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that. Dr. Bannec made me feel like I was a drug addict, and he knew I was a physician.” This is how Black people get killed, their complaints of pain and discomfort are often either challenged, or go unaddressed. Black people often are treated using protocols and equipment that have been optimized and calibrated to serve White patients. 

 

Black patients are also often sent home without proper information or instruction on how to care for themselves. For those (like Dr. Moore) who are aware of these treatment dichotomies and demand that they be given proper care, they are met with passive aggressive responses. In Dr. Moore’s case, her doctor (Bannec) not only downplayed her pain, but placed the onus on her to prove she was in pain. Within a few days Dr. Moore was dead from COVID-19 related complications. And even in death, those who denied her adequate medical care insist that they were bullied by her. Simply because she demanded that they treat her accordingly.  

 

This is clear evidence of State sanctioned violence. Just as we witnessed George Floyd being refused his humanity by Derek Chauvin, we also witnessed Dr. Moore’s last days as she was denied her humanity by the doctors and medical staff who had sworn a pledge to Do No Harm. 

 

This is not new, it has been an experience Black people have suffered since our enslavement. The current pandemic of COVID-19 has disproportionately ravaged Black communities across the country. Black people are nearly five times more likely to be hospitalized, and three times more likely to die, from the coronavirus.

 

It is incumbent upon us to attack the State sanctioned medical apartheid, that exists in this country, in the same manner in which apartheid in South Africa was attacked. Firstly, we must be prepared to loudly disrupt the system, and demand open acknowledgement of the stark duality that exists in this country’s medical care system. Secondly, the teaching practices of the medical profession must undergo radical change. We must demand that Black patients are afforded the same treatment as their White counterparts. Finally, we must demand Black voices be at the center of every aspect of health care, starting with a call for the single payer systems of Medicare For All.  

 

Because all Black Lives Matter, it is our duty to fight to end these medical apartheid practices so Black Lives can be saved. Unfortunately,  the deliberate neglect of Black Americans by a racist system, has claimed the life of Dr. Susan Moore. She has been made an honor ancestor, another name we will call upon to ground us in the Black Liberation Struggle.

 

MEDICINE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Health Inc. September 15th 2020, 5:00AM

Some Urban Hospitals Face Closure Or Cutbacks As The Pandemic Adds To Fiscal Woes

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 ― but it lost the battle of modern health care economics. In July, Chicago’s first hospital told regulators that it will end inpatient services as soon as February.

Taylor Glascock for KHN

Coronado may outlive the hospital that saved him. Founded 168 years ago as the city’s first hospital, Mercy survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 but is succumbing to modern economics, which have underfinanced hospitals serving the poor. In July, the 412-bed hospital informed state regulators that it planned to shutter all inpatient services as soon as February.

 

“If something else happens, who is to say if the responders can get my husband to the nearest hospital?” says Coronado’s wife, Sallie.

 

While rural hospitals have been closing at a quickening pace over the past two decades, a number of inner-city hospitals now face a similar fate. And experts fear that the economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic on safety net hospitals and the ailing finances of the cities and states that subsidize them are helping push some urban hospitals over the edge.

 

By the nature of their mission, safety net hospitals everywhere struggle because they treat a large share of patients who are uninsured — and can’t pay bills — or have their care paid by Medicaid, which doesn’t cover costs. But metropolitan hospitals confront additional threats beyond what rural hospitals do. State-of-the-art hospitals in affluent city neighborhoods are luring more of the safety net hospitals’ best-insured patients.

 

These combined financial pressures have been exacerbated by the pandemic at a time when these hospitals’ role has become more important: Their core patients — the poor and people of color — have been disproportionately stricken by COVID-19 in metropolitan regions like Chicago.

 

“We’ve had three hospital closures in the last year or so, all of them Black neighborhoods,” says Dr. David Ansell, senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Center, a teaching hospital on Chicago’s West Side. He says the decision to close Mercy “is really criminal in my mind, because people will die as a result.”

 

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Floyd Bryan

Floyds testimony at one of the Assembly comittee Health care hearings in Sacremento. Floyd is the vice Chair of ILWU – So California Council, member of Labor United For Universal Health Care and a crane operator at the Long Beach port.  He speaks about the need for Single-Payer Healthcare

Public Citizen's Eagan Kemp today on the individual mandate, the Supreme Court case threatening the ACA, why the mandate is regressive, and what a Biden administration might do (or not do) to bring it back from the dead.

WHY SB562 WAS NOT ENACTED

How Anthony Rendon Sabotaged SB562 Single Payer Healthcare for California and the effects it had on the public.

BUILDING THE MOVEMENT FOR  HEALTHCARE JUSTICE

VIDEO BY CLIFFORD TASNER

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