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BBC Panorama: Health Care in America

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This explosive BBC documentary, unlike anything you'll see on American MSM, shows how bad the healthcare situation is in America. You'll see a charity originally set up to deliver healthcare to third world countries, drawing hundreds of clients in Kentuck


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Blue B (855)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 4:49 pm
American TV stations REFUSE to broadcast this explosive BBC documentary on American health care. Watch it and then go to You Tube and watch the next 2 parts of this series.

This explosive BBC documentary, unlike anything you’ll see on American MSM, shows how bad the healthcare situation is in America. You’ll see a charity originally set up to deliver healthcare to third world countries, drawing hundreds of clients in Kentucky. The clip effectively shows the enormous chasm between rich and poor in America. You’ll see rich Republicans who think our system is the greatest in the world, and who are fighting to keep the status quo. The political situation is spelled out as well. The last segment interviews a woman who is getting chemotherapy while living in a tent - she had to choose between rent or medicine.

Several thoughts (feel free to add your own):

We used to have a functioning media in this country that would take risks and report on this kind of thing. Now it distracts, silences, and shapes public opinion, instead of being challenging or revealing. While never perfect, who the media is supposed to serve has changed over time.

The victims in this documentary - the ones too poor for health insurance - come from states that usually vote for those whose policies overwhelmingly ensure the perpetuation of their victimhood. How these people were bamboozled into voting against their own best interests is explained in Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter With Kansas?

Maha wrote earlier about the delusions of the very wealthy. The healthcare situation in this country is a symptom of the same. At some point, all of us choose to shut out the plight of others from our awareness, and we come up with rationalizations for this act - liberals to a lesser extent, conservatives to a greater extent. So much of the political battle is consumed by efforts to cut through defenses of this sort. Keeping explosive documentaries such as this out of the public eye is hugely strategic, because an angry public won’t put up with excuses. Documentaries like this, that have the potential to foment public anger, torpedo all the defenses.

There is a spiritual dimension to this that all contemporary writers and documentaries show or talk around, but which can never seem to directly discuss. It’s as though we don’t have the language for it, or we’re not permitted to directly speak about it - which by itself silently screams obscenities against our culture. We simply feel the moral outrage that some deep spiritual laws are being violated. But without a common language to articulate and address this outrage, this energy is stymied from changing anything. It’s the result of conservative efforts to trivialize and confine spirituality to personal matters, such as who you’re having sex with, blastocytes, and so on, and to keep spirituality away from anything that would seriously challenge the conservative worldview.

Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here. You’ll want to watch all three.
Link to the original BBC program is here, but viewers outside the UK can’t see it.

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 6:33 pm

Health Care Now

The whole world is in recession. But the United States is the only wealthy country in which the economic catastrophe will also be a health care catastrophe -- in which millions of people will lose their health insurance along with their jobs, and .....

Proteja LaTierra (19)
Monday February 2, 2009, 6:39 am
Amazing and downright disgusting. I recently lost my job and insurance. I can, certainly, empathize with the families shown here. And, it is as bad as they say. Perhaps, Mr. Freiss, and others like him, would be generous enough to share some of his wealth to help provide health care for the Americans without it??? Or, better yet some of the politicians and lobbyists!

Elaine R (132)
Monday February 2, 2009, 2:51 pm
I know how bad health care is in the US and I am in the UK

Blue B (855)
Monday February 2, 2009, 10:43 pm
BBC Show on U.S. Health Care Unavailable in USA

There are two things about the show that are worth an alert: (1) The BBC's effectiveness in describing the problems with U.S. health care, and (2) The fact that Americans can't watch it.

Blue B (855)
Monday February 2, 2009, 10:44 pm

Action Time for Single Payer Healthcare
John Conyers' H.R. 676 has been reintroduced! It had 93 cosponsors in the last Congress. This week 33 cosponsors signed on. All the latest news,
actions, and insider tips seem to be on this one blog. Please check it out!

Margi L (129)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:26 pm
Losing access to health care can happen to anyone in this country who is not a millionaire! I've worked for Medicaid for years, and in that time I've had son's of governors in my office and even wealthy physicians. With the right set of horrible circumstances we are all faced with this eventuality! Only something like H.R. 676 will change that fact.

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 9:25 pm
Naomi Klein says All of Them Must Go:

Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: "You are Enron. We are Argentina."

Its message was simple enough. You--politicians and CEOs huddled at some trade summit--are like the reckless scamming execs at Enron (of course, we didn't know the half of it). We--the rabble outside--are like the people of Argentina, who, in the midst of an economic crisis eerily similar to our own, took to the street banging pots and pans. They shouted, "¡Que se vayan todos!" ("All of them must go!") and forced out a procession of four presidents in less than three weeks. What made Argentina's 2001-02 uprising unique was that it wasn't directed at a particular political party or even at corruption in the abstract. The target was the dominant economic model--this was the first national revolt against contemporary deregulated capitalism.

It's taken a while, but from Iceland to Latvia, South Korea to Greece, the rest of the world is finally having its ¡Que se vayan todos! moment.

The stoic Icelandic matriarchs beating their pots flat even as their kids ransack the fridge for projectiles (eggs, sure, but yogurt?) echo the tactics made famous in Buenos Aires. So does the collective rage at elites who trashed a once thriving country and thought they could get away with it. As Gudrun Jonsdottir, a 36-year-old Icelandic office worker, put it: "I've just had enough of this whole thing. I don't trust the government, I don't trust the banks, I don't trust the political parties and I don't trust the IMF. We had a good country, and they ruined it."

In other countries, then, people aren't accepting the destruction with resignation, but making it clear out in the streets that they refuse to be victimized any longer. I realize Americans are fearful, but I am more afraid of what will happen if we don't do the same.

Blue B (855)
Thursday February 12, 2009, 2:15 pm
National Call-in Day for HR 676 - February 12, 2009

Don’t forget to call Congress and contact the white house, too!

February 12, 2009: Call Congress, and the President
Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
(ask for your representative’s office)

If your member is a current co-sponsor, thank your rep. and ask him or her to stand firm for HR 676 and actively seek additional co-sponsors.

If your member is a current co-sponsor, thank your rep. and ask him or her to stand firm for HR 676 and actively seek additional co-sponsors.

If your member was a co-sponsor in the last Congress, ask him or her to sign on immediately as a co-sponsor in this Congress.

If your member has yet to co-sponsor HR 676, ask him or her to please become a co-sponsor, select one or two talking points here.

Urge your member to accept testimony from panelists to explore the serious flaws in the Massachusetts health plan and examine why it cannot serve as a national model for providing universal and comprehensive care, on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 2226 Rayburn House Office Building.


Tim Carpenter,
National Director, PDA

P.S. Don't forget to call (202-456-1414) or fax (202-456-2461) the White House to make sure our current President recalls how very troubled another young lawyer from Illinois was as he viewed the future of the nation under the control of the monied and corporate interests just like those swirling in the for-profit health insurance industry.

Blue B (855)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 3:42 pm

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million NewFirst-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

The number of jobs created by a single-payer system, expanding and upgrading Medicare to cover everyone, parallels almost exactly the total job loss in 2008.


Blue B (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 5:54 pm
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Blue B (855)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 8:48 pm
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Blue B (855)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 10:29 am

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS

As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses—potentially forcing millions more Americans to go without health insurance—FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman dissects the private insurance system, a system that not only fails to cover 46 million Americans but also leaves millions more underinsured and at risk of bankruptcy, in Sick Around America, airing Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings).
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