If Americans Die in a Pandemic - Blame the GOP

Thom plus logo As a possible pandemic looms on the horizon, the United States is the only developed nation in the world without a national healthcare system. Medicare For All is not just about saving as much as half of all of our half healthcare dollars, it's also about national security. The strength and resilience of a nation is affected in part by the health resilience of its people and the financial resilience of the systems that keep them well. By having tens of millions of uninsured and over 100 million under-insured people, the United States finds itself stupidly vulnerable to the mass spread of disease. People who are under-insured or uninsured are less likely to seek healthcare when they feel sick, which means that they will get sicker, and they will spread the disease further.

The Republican opposition to a national healthcare system that goes back a half century has left us vulnerable to to the mass spread of disease. People who are under-insured or uninsured are less likely to seek healthcare when they feel sick, which means that they will get sicker, and they will spread the disease farther. The Republican opposition to a national healthcare system that goes back a half century has left us vulnerable to epidemic diseases or even biological warfare or terrorism, and that is a political crime.

-Thom

Comments

Janice Faris 27 weeks 5 days ago
#1

Even given the fact that the info comes from Robert Mercer's boy, Peter Schweizer, Breitbart editor, the following information will provide a fatal blow to Joe Biden if he is the Dems nominee. We cannot afford Biden's poor choices. Super Delegates must carefully consider what voters will make of such information as depicted in the NY Post article May 11, 2019 "The Troubling Reason Why Biden is So Soft on China".
Do Dems know of the NY Post article that will provide excellent ammunition for Trump to use against Joe Biden? If this isn't enough to convince Dems to eliminate Biden from being their nominee and the Super Delegates ignore it, heaven help us!!
JOE BIDEN
Why is Joe Biden so warm toward China?
Last week, Biden raised eyebrows when he shrugged off concerns over the China threat. “Come on, man,” Biden said. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not competition for us.”
Perhaps Biden’s insouciant attitude toward the Chinese government has to do with the fact that his family does not consider them competitors but business partners.
In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.
If it sounds shocking that a vice president would shape US-China policy as his son — who has scant experience in private equity — clinched a coveted billion-dollar deal with an arm of the Chinese government, that’s because it is.
Until the publication of my book, “Secret Empires,” no one knew the deal took place. Indeed, it took me and a team of seasoned investigators nearly two years to unearth and report the facts.

Legend 27 weeks 5 days ago
#2

The Corona Virus will be a real test on our for profit medical system. Imagine what the cost of a week in an isolation ward is. Even insured may not be able to afford the 20%. Look at the number of uninsured that will not seek medical attention, due to cost. They will be spreading this virus. If something costs 5x what it is worth and you have to pay 20%, You are paying 100% of what it is worth.

Legend 27 weeks 5 days ago
#3

Different comment on the subject. I am very happy with my Kaiser Permanente Advantage Plan Medicare. I really think that Thom is doing a disservice to people with his constant attacks on the Advantage Plan. At least Kaiser Permanente is very good and is a not for profit company. It is available in Oregon and Thom should look into it.

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