Please Sign Petition: Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care

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So I can’t show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right. But what I can argue is that no one should have to die of a disease that is treatable.
Paul Farmer

Please sign and share the following petition

Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care

“It’s easy to forget how bad things were before we passed the Affordable Care Act. But six years ago, almost half of all Americans were at risk of being denied access to health care because of pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies could deny coverage to children with cancer.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/713/819/785/?z00m=28775294  -Anyone worldwide may sign this petition. 

As we all are so painfully aware Trump intends to dismantle Obamacare ( Affordable Care) which while not anywhere near perfect and complicated it is far better than previous options.

I am not a resident of the USA and do not know all the ins and outs of Affordable Care sometimes called the Affordable Care Act ACA or Obamacare but know that if it is repealed many people will die or suffer from illnesses which are treatable simply because they do not have the money to pay the huge price of medical treatment in the USA. I think the majority of people would rather see improvements to the existing Affordable Care rather than have it scrapped.

Here is what one of the signatories of the above petition says about Affordable Care Act

“I have a chronic life threatening illness that will not ever go into remission. If I have a crisis I need immediate emergency medical care or I will die. This is not an exaggeration. I’ve been to the ER 28 times in the last two years for emergency treatment. Without the ACA my family would be destitute. “

Here is what  Bernie Sanders says about the proposal to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act:
“As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result.”
Sen Bernie Sanders

Instead of spending huge amounts of money on building the monument to racism, the Mexican border wall, the USA should spend the money on medical treatment for all. The USA is a rich country, it is shameful that people die or are ill simply because they cannot afford health care.

I don’t know about put American First, such nationalist slogans go against all I believe in. However it is time to Put People First. How can anyone with any decency who claims to have the interests of the American people as foremost on his agenda, than go on to deny these same people adequate health care. From my perspective Obamacare is a vast improvement on the previous system and the focus should be continued improvement rather than repeal.

However, isn’t it time for universal health care?

“No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”
Aneurin Bevan

Here is what happens in the UK. In the late 1940s the Nation Health Services was founded. Since that time regardless of your financial situation you are entitled to free health care. If you get sick you telephone the surgery where you are registered as a patient and book an appointment with a GP (general practitioner). There is no charge no matter how many times you have to see a GP. Your medication may not be free if you are working but if you are a child, a pensioner or someone on certain benefits your prescriptions are free. For everyone else there is a basic charge of £8.40 per item. Not ideal I know and frankly it is time prescriptions were free as they once were when the NHS first came into being. Nevertheless the cost in most cases is far less than the cost of the medication particularly in comparison to the huge charge for medication in the USA. If you require hospital treatment it is entirely free from the most basic of treatment to the most expensive. You will not be charged if you have to call an ambulance as is the case in the USA. You are also entitled to certain health screening services though this is restricted to age. For the optician and dentist there is a charge for some people but again children, the retired and those on certain benefits are entitled to an eye test though for the glasses there is a charge.

Being seriously or chronically ill is a life changing event without the additional worry of financing treatment, the cost of which in the USA is astronomical. Not everyone can afford insurance which in any case is not ideal, insurance companies are after all in it for profit. Without insurance treatment, major surgery for example is beyond the means of most people.

Incidentally regarding cost, the USA charge far more than most other countries for medical treatment. Consider the following:

In the USA heart surgery is about $90,000, in India it is just £1,8000 while treatment for diabetes is less than 10% of what it costs Americans.

“In Bangalore, India, heart surgeons perform daily state-of-the-art heart surgery on adults and children at an average cost of $1,800. For the record, that’s about 2% of the $90,000 that the average heart surgery costs in the United States. And when it comes to the quality of the heart surgery, the patient outcomes are among the best in the world.”

U.S. health care needs a wakeup call from India: Column
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/01/29/health-care-surgery-india-america-disruption-column/97056938/

Though this is cheap most families in India and indeed the USA still cannot afford insurance or find the money to pay for treatment even at this low-cost. Healthcare still needs to be universal, free for everyone. Nevertheless such low-cost needs to be commended and is better than the state of affairs regarding over priced medical care in the USA, furthermore “…contrary to what Americans may assume, the entire surgical experience is cutting edge, and beyond what is available almost anywhere in the United States.”

Time to make health care a universal right for everyone regardless of income or location.

The NHS has been there during my life time and I cannot imagine what it must be like not to be able to receive treatment when I am ill. The insecurity, particularly for poor people must be a significant detriment.

Health care USA Style

The following is a shocking and harrowing story of the struggle for survival of a seriously ill man as he tries to get the treatment he desperately needs to save his life and his difficulties concerning the enormous bills which rapidly accumulated.

“Matthew Stewart owes $62,668.78 for drugs, surgeries, and other treatment. With both bankruptcy and possibly fatal liver failure looming, he doesn’t even bother opening his bills anymore, he told The Week. “There was no point. They just upset everyone,” he says.

Stewart is 29 years old,…”

“The details of Stewart’s story are immensely complex, but the basic reality is fairly simple. A man got very sick, and had to have a serious medical procedure, or die. That care was available, and he did get it. But the medical system then bled him of every last penny it could legally get its hands on, despite his supposedly good insurance. The immense cost wrecked his finances, but merciless means tests made it all but impossible to access the skinflint social insurance system in Texas.”

Continue reading:

http://theweek.com/articles/666799/how-american-health-care-kills-people – If you are in any  doubt about the complexity of healthcare in the USA be sure to read this article, I cannot even begin to imagine the hell that this poor man and his family endured trying to navigate the complexity of this chaotic, callous health care system where medical providers find loopholes that they can exploit to their advantage.

“Doesn’t ObamaCare have out-of-pocket limits that would prevent this sort of thing?

It does indeed. But there are numerous loopholes that medical providers can and do take advantage of.”

The above is a  good case in point for the introduction of a universal health care system similar to the NHS here in the UK. In the mean time Obmamacare has made improvements but much more needs to be done to improve it rather than repeal it, such as fixing the above mentioned loopholes.

Here is what will happen without Obamacare

Katie’s Story And Why America Needs Obamacare

“The Republican leaders don’t seem to care about Kate, about you, about me, about Americans.”

“With the Republican leadership meeting behind closed doors last week to consider the future of America’s health care system, I want to share a pertinent story. Before the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) passed, my wife, Katie, sat with Michelle Obama during the president’s speech on health care to a joint session of Congress. Three weeks before that, Kate introduced President Obama at the town hall on health care held in our home town.  Kate was selected for the town hall because she was once dropped by her health insurance company, something President Obama wanted to highlight that day.  But in truth, Kate’s story with recurrent cancer includes at least a half dozen of the problems that Obamacare solved.”

Continue reading:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katies-story-why-america-needs-obamacare_us_588eb9c2e4b06364bb1e2776

Health insurance facelift requires a scalpel not an ax

“Tom Bohigian, former state director for Sen. Barbara Boxer, says as the new administration and Congress prepare to chloroform the Affordable Care Act, it is important to look at the broad picture of our fellow Americans. More than 20 million Americans who did not have health insurance before the ACA now do”

“The Affordable Care Act has continued that progress of keeping more Americans healthy. I hope our leaders today will take the time to think this through before acting. It truly is a matter of life and death.”
Read more:
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article130670114.html#storylink=cpy

Today there are people trying to take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care. We the people can’t let that happen.
Kerry Washington

Here is what Trump says about health care

“I support health care for people. I want people well taken care of. But I also want health care that we can afford as a country. I have people and friends closing down their businesses because of Obamacare. “
Donald Trump Emphasis mine

The last sentence sums up nicely his real agenda. As for affording health care… The USA is one of the richest countries in the world. There is money to cut corporate Tax, build walls , wage wars but no money for health care? 

I don’t know about making America Great Again but it is certainly time to Make America Healthy Again don’t you think Mr Trump?

Please sign and share the petition:

Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/713/819/785/?z00m=28775294

Related Links

More about healthcare USA  style
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_insurance_in_the_United_States

A slightly different issue but related nonetheless

Healthcare and Trump’s travel ban: data shows success of doctors trained abroad

Research shows slightly better outcomes for US patients treated by doctors educated outside US – and many come from countries affected by Trump order

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/02/us-doctors-trump-travel-ban-health

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Please Sign Petition: Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care

    • Thanks for signing and sharing , you are right about Trump’s presidency, all very worrying. I wonder every day, whatever next as it is just one outrage after another. All the progress made in recent years swept away and there seems little anyone can do bring an end to this insanity.

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