Re: [Campaign for Universal Health Care] What can happen if no one helps?
We need to keep pushing for change and urging our elected officials to ignore the insurance company lobbyists and refuse their campaign contributions. Money is driving most of their votes rather than the wishes of the majority. We need also to push for change at the State level -- and I do not mean mandatory, high deductible insurance policies. We need to keep educating others as to facts and the false myths spread by the insurance companies. Single Payer Universal Health Care (Medicare for all) is the only way we can afford major change -- get the middle man out of it. I highly recommend this book -- The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and How We’ll Get Out of It *********** some recent articles **** November 1, 2007 Editorial NYT America's Lagging Health Care System Americans are increasingly frustrated about the subpar performance of this country's fragmented health care system, and with good reason. A new survey of patients in seven industrialized nations underscores just how badly sick Americans fare compared with patients in other nations. One-third of the American respondents felt their system is so dysfunctional that it needs to be rebuilt completely — the highest rate in any country surveyed. The system was given poor scores both by low-income, uninsured patients and by many higher-income patients. The survey, the latest in a series from the Commonwealth Fund, is being published today on the Web site of Health Affairs, a respected health policy journal. Researchers interviewed some 12,000 adults in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Given the large number of people uninsured or poorly insured in this country, it was no surprise that Americans were the most likely to go without care because of costs. Fully 37 percent of the American respondents said that they chose not to visit a doctor when sick, skipped a recommended test or treatment or failed to fill a prescription in the past year because of the cost — well above the rates in other countries. Patients here were more likely to get appointments quickly for elective surgery than those in nearly all the other countries. But access to primary care doctors, the mainstay of medical practice, was often rocky. Only half of the American adults were able to see a doctor the same day that they became sick or the day after, a worse showing than in all the other countries except Canada. Getting care on nights and weekends was problematic. Often the care here was substandard. Americans reported the highest rate of lab test errors and the second-highest rate of medical or medication errors. The findings underscore the need to ensure that all Americans have quick access to a primary care doctor and the need for universal health coverage — so that all patients can afford the care they need. That's what all of the presidential candidates should be talking about. November 1, 2007 Letter NYT Democrats and Health Care To the Editor: It is not surprising that the health care money cartel insurance companies, for-profit hospitals and Big Pharma are throwing money at Democrats in this election cycle ("In a Reversal, Health Sector Puts Its Money on Democrats," front page, Oct. 29). Americans clearly want drastic health care reform from the next president and Congress, and so this industry investment is all about making sure that any reform keeps them profitable. Every penny these special interest groups spend on politics and lobbying, advertising and scrutinizing claims to deny reimbursement to sick Americans is money that could provide more Americans with decent health care. Some 47 million Americans have no insurance at all, and millions of others live in fear of losing what we have, as these companies raise premiums and cut benefits each year. More Democrats in Congress have signed onto a reform bill by Representative John Conyers than any other approach. H.R. 676 guarantees access to broad health care coverage from public or private providers of choice, in the same way that Medicare gives it to senior citizens, fencing the health insurance industry out and giving the federal government the power it lacks now to negotiate drug and hospital prices down. Democrats should listen to what the voters are saying, and not allow themselves to be bought off by the groups that killed health care reform the last time it was tried. Rose Ann DeMoro Executive Director, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee Oakland, Calif., Oct. 30, 2007 -- <(©¿©)> Craig Brooks "The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life; the sick, the needy, and the handicapped". Hubert H. Humphrey
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