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Debunking Canadian health care myths – The Denver Post
Myth: Canadians are paying out of pocket to come to the U.S. for medical care.Most patients who come from Canada to the U.S. for health care are those whose costs are covered by the Canadian governments. If a Canadian goes outside of the country to get services that are deemed medically necessary, not experimental, and are not available at home for whatever reason (e.g., shortage or absence of high tech medical equipment; a longer wait for service than is medically prudent; or lack of physician expertise), the provincial government where you live fully funds your care. Those patients who do come to the U.S. for care and pay out of pocket are those who perceive their care to be more urgent than it likely is.
Canada  healthcare  health_wait_times  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
2 days ago by Marcellus
** Paying for Medicare-for-all: Sanders vs. Warren plans - Vox
But the plans candidates release are illustrative of how they think about things, and this particular case is interesting because it runs somewhat contrary to the stereotype.

Warren has much more of a reputation as the uber-wonk with plans for everything, while Sanders is seen more as a moralist and a populist who cares less about the technical merits of proposals than whether they illustrate underlying points.

In this particular case, however, that dynamic is reversed. It’s Warren whose plan optimizes for easily illustrating the point that almost everyone’s costs will go down, even at the cost of embracing a vision that’s not going to be technically sustainable for very long. She’s then vague about the timing of the transition off her plan, and is going to transition to something that’s probably a worse deal for many people than a more technocratic alternative would be.

Sanders, by contrast, is proposing a big new broad tax, even though big new broad taxes tend to be unpopular. This is how foreign single-payer systems are typically designed, and it’s almost certainly what a team of policy wonks would recommend if they were setting all political considerations aside.
Bernie_Sanders  elizabethwarren  MedicareForAll  health_insurance  funding  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  VOX 
15 days ago by Marcellus
** 'I live on the street now': how Americans fall into medical bankruptcy | US news | The Guardian
Having health insurance is often not enough to save Americans from massive debts when serious illness strikes

According to a study published in February 2019, about 530,000 bankruptcies filed annually are because of debt accrued due to a medical illness. The study found that even the Obama administration’s landmark Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) has failed to change the proportion of bankruptcies caused by medical debts, with poor health insurance cited as one of the main culprits.

“A lot of people, a little over 60%, are filing bankruptcy at least in part because of medical bills. Most of them are insured. It’s clear that despite health insurance, there are many, many people incurring costs not being covered by their insurance,” said Himmelstein.

“Medical debt is incredibly common, it’s the main cause of calls from collection agencies, and the vast majority of people with it have insurance,” said Himmelstein, lead author of the study Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act.

One out of every six Americans has an unpaid medical bill on their credit report, amounting to $81bn in debt nationwide, while about one in 12 Americans went without any medical insurance throughout 2018. Even as many Americans struggle to afford health insurance coverage in the first place, those that have it are not insulated from facing massive debt due to medical bills.


In Savannah, Georgia, a 35-year-old man who requested to remain anonymous to avoid being associated with a bankruptcy, recently found himself homeless and jobless due to prolonged hospital stays and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt.

A type 1 diabetic for years, he had to reduce his work hours for a cellular retail store when trouble regulating his blood sugar resulted in a toe amputation in April 2019.

“I had to cut my work hours so bills were harder to pay. But in July 2019 I was admitted to the hospital again and I was fired from my job because I was in the hospital. I lost my insurance. They amputated my leg, which means I still can’t work,” he said.

When he lost his job due to the prolonged hospital stay and leg amputation, his employer offered Cobra, a health insurance program for employees who lose their job or have a reduction in work hours, but he couldn’t afford it. He is currently working on trying to file bankruptcy to release the medical debt he’s accrued from amputations this year and he lost his house in October 2019 as a result.

“I have amassed over $400,000 in medical bills I need to pay, and still have at least six months before I get a disability hearing. So I owe over $400,000 in medical bills, have lost my house and I live on the street now, with no end in sight,” he said.
healthcare  health_insurance  health  bankruptcy  health_insurance_costs  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  TheGuardian 
20 days ago by Marcellus
***** 42% of cancer patients spent entire life savings in 2 years after diagnosis, study finds | Advisory Board Daily Briefing
American Journal of Medicine: 42.4% of patients had spent all of their money during the first two years of treatment. After four years, the researchers found 38.2% of patients had depleted their life's assets.
* cancer patients spend an average of 11% of their total household income on expenses related to their treatment (with some patients spending up to a third of their income).
* A recent study found that financial insolvency is a clear risk factor for mortality—cancer patients who declared bankruptcy had a 79% greater risk of death than those who had not.
* Other research has found that patients experiencing financial distress also report poorer physical health, mental health, and satisfaction with their relationships.
cancer  bankruptcy  MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  healthcare_price_gauging  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  study 
21 days ago by Marcellus
Reuters/Ipsos poll: 3% support Bloomberg for Democratic nomination - Reuters
Nov 12-19. Sanders tied with Biden at 19%
The result puts the billionaire media mogul well behind Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (19% each), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (13%) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana (6%). U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California also had 3% support in the poll.
Bernie_Sanders  polling  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
21 days ago by Marcellus
* Bernie Sanders has 1 million donors - CBS News
Sept 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders' campaign announced Thursday it has now received contributions from over 1 million individual donors.

"With 1 million contributors, this is the only Democratic campaign that has more supporters than Donald Trump," said campaign manager Faiz Shakir. "Our strength is in numbers, and that is why Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who is able to say his campaign will rely only on grassroots funding in both the primary and against Donald Trump." 
Sanders reached the milestone seven months after he announced his candidacy in February, faster than any candidate ever.
Bernie_Sanders  StrongestCandidate  fundraising  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
21 days ago by Marcellus
*** No, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren aren't too far left to win the presidential election
Voters don't choose the candidate that best represents their ideas about government but adapt their ideas to the candidate they prefer.

One explanation for this growing ideological diversity should reassure Bernie Sanders, the most radical Democratic presidential candidate and the only one who proudly wears the socialist label:

According to some political scientists, voters will often follow the lead of their political figures to greater extremes of political thought. Indeed, researchers have found that American voters shift toward increasingly radical political views, and even entire ideologies, to match those of the candidate they intend to vote for, rather than voting for the candidate whose views are closest to their own.

[V]oters tend to “adopt their preferred party’s or candidate’s position as their own.” In other words, they aren’t choosing the candidate that best represents their ideas about government, but rather adapting their ideas to the candidate.

So those who support the Democratic Party are likely to prefer Bernie to Trump from the get-go, and from that starting point they’ll be inclined to like Bernie’s plans and policies.

And for the all-important independent voters who can swing the election in key states, Trump’s singular unpopularity will give the Democratic nominee a welcome nudge toward being the preferred candidate at the outset of the race. According to Gallup, only 34 percent of independents approve of Trump’s job performance right now, and that will push them toward whomever the Democrats select.

Once that candidate gets their attention and preliminary support, the nominee will then have the opportunity to educate them about his or her policies — starting by choosing the curriculum.
Bernie_Sanders  StrongestCandidate  election2020  polling  issues  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
21 days ago by Marcellus
*** Bernie Sanders Is the Strongest Candidate to Beat Donald Trump
9.4.2019 -- To unseat Donald Trump next November, his opponent will need a volunteer army in places that aren’t necessarily liberal strongholds. The data show that Bernie Sanders has that army.

Electorally speaking, Trump won for two related reasons: in key swing states, a handful of former Obama voters opted for Trump over Clinton, and another handful decided to vote for nobody at all. To unseat Trump, the nominee will have to perform well in those swing areas. Instead of projecting our own fantasies about what voters (and potential voters) are looking for in a candidate, we should look at the supporter data that is already available.

The Daily Beast reports that in the 206 counties that went for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then went for Donald Trump in 2016, Bernie Sanders is raking in far and away the most individual donations. Sanders has received 81,841 donations from 33,185 donors in flipped counties. That’s roughly three times as much as runner-up Elizabeth Warren, who received 26,298 donations from 13,674 donors. Buttigieg comes in just under Warren, with Biden trailing closely behind.

The candidate most likely to beat Trump is the one with the massive volunteer army, already hard at work all over the country, and especially in swing states and counties. That candidate is Bernie Sanders. No one else comes close.
Bernie_Sanders  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  polling  Opinion  StrongestCandidate 
21 days ago by Marcellus
***** Rx increased 100,000% (sic) - Mallinckrodt Expected to Pay $15.4M to DOJ Over Acthar Scandal
Two whistleblowers came forward in April to accuse Questcor of trying to boost profits for Acthar, a medication primarily for infants with seizures. Questcor raised the price of the medication by almost 100,000 percent (not a typo) from just $40 in 2000 to $38,892 today, despite the fact that Acthar has been on the market since 1952. Mallinckrodt currently rakes in about $1 billion per year from Acthar, according to CNN.


Correction: This article originally stated that the price of Acthar had gone “from just $40 in 2000 to over $40,000 today.” A spokesperson for Mallinckrodt emailed to request a correction that Acthar actually costs $38,892 today. Gizmodo regrets the error. We also regret that every last one of these guys isn’t in prison yet.
prescription_drugs  healthcare  healthcare_price_gauging  corruption  99%  MedicareForAll  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
25 days ago by Marcellus
Bill Clinton on deregulation: 'The Republicans made me do it!' - Columbia Journalism Review
“In effect, Congress has said let the merger mania begin. There is virtual consensus that the legislation will allow both the big US banks and their foreign rivals in America - British banks among them - to grow much bigger.

In 1999, on signing Gramm-Leach-Bliley into law, Clinton said, “This is a day we can celebrate as an American day” and that ” the Glass-Steagall law is no longer appropriate for the economy in which we live” and “today what we are doing is modernizing the financial services industry, tearing down these antiquated laws and granting banks significant new authority” and “This is a very good day for the United States.”

The bottom line is: Bill Clinton was responsible for more damaging financial deregulation—and thus, for the financial crisis— than any other president
videos  Bill_Clinton  Clinton  Glass-Steagall  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  corruption 
26 days ago by Marcellus
DCCC Warns It Will Cut Off Firms That Challenge Incumbents
THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL Campaign Committee warned political strategists and vendors Thursday night that if they support candidates mounting primary challenges against incumbent House Democrats, the party will cut them off from business.
Pelosi  Nancy_Pelosi  corruption  DNC  DCCC  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  incumbents 
26 days ago by Marcellus
**** New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage – Harvard Gazette
The study, which analyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking into account education, income, and many other factors, including smoking, drinking, and obesity. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.
MedicareForAll  medicine  healthcare  health_insurance  death  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  health_wait_times  healthcare_price_gauging 
26 days ago by Marcellus
*** Trump’s Russian Laundromat | The New Republic 2019-11-04
2019-11-04 "Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States."

4m video Brian Williams interviews author of New Republic article "Trump's Russian Laundromat":

Since Trump's election, aAbout 70% of the sales of condos in Trump properties have been through shell companies.
Trump  Trump_Impeachment  Russia  Russia_gate  corruption  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  videos 
5 weeks ago by Marcellus
*** Report: Russian mob money helped build Trump business empire
2019-11-04 4m video Brian Williams interviews author of New Republic article "Trump's Russian Laundromat":

"Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States."
trump  Russia  Russia_gate  mob  mafia  crime  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Trump_impeachment 
5 weeks ago by Marcellus
Trump’s Russian Laundromat | The New Republic
Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.
Trump  corruption  Russia  Russia_gate  mafia  mobsters  crime  Putin  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
5 weeks ago by Marcellus
*** UCLA Adult Heart Transplant - overview
Our donor-heart rejection rate is the lowest in the country (just 5 percent of patients, compared to the national average of 25 percent). We have achieved that with pioneering work using newer anti-rejection medications and strategic use of statins.
We don't require biopsy to check for rejection at the one-year mark after transplant. Instead, we use a blood test developed by a UCLA heart transplant physician.
heart  heart_transplants  heart_failure  UCLA  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  hospitals  personal  healthcare 
5 weeks ago by Marcellus

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