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  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   5 weeks 6 days ago

    22 years ago, at age 80, my father went to his doctor because of shortness of breath. A some tests, his heart was operating at 40% capacity. The very next day, he was hospitalized and had a quadruple bypass, without ever talking with his health care provider. He lived another 10 years. All this occurred in the USA with his private insurance. I was living in Canada at the time. I mentioned this to a friend, who at age 48 had waited 18 months for a bypass, that he still hadn't received. He said if my dad were in Canada, he would have never received the bypass because of his age.

    A majority of Americans, 160 million families receive the health insurance through their employers. The system works very well here.

    You have been through a lot. I'm glad you're well. There are millions of people in the USA with similar stories, who have survived, without filing for bankruptcy. I've lived under government health care, and the private health care we have in the USA, I prefer the USA type.

    Best,

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  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 10 hours ago

    Sorry, I should have said you can't change your insurer. Unless, of course, as you said, you are rich enough to go elsewhere. Over here, with most treatment free and drugs cheap, we don't need further options. But people can pay for more luxurious hospital rooms or to get treated earlier for non urgent operations if they want.

    I have to admit, I would be worried about the NHS if Donald Trump was our prime minister, our conservatives have already privatised a lot and your health 'insurers' are chomping at the bit to make a profit out of us after Brexit as it is. But it has survived 70 years and there would be huge resistance to any threat to it.

    I can't imagine wanting my employer or a health insurer getting between me and my doctors and hospitals, etc., or having to worry about being able to afford healthcare when I was very ill.

    A couple of years ago I was dying of cancer, saved only by a major operation, and it was as much as I could do to get to the bathroom, I could not have coped with dealing with insurers. And it would have bankrupted me, leaving nothing for my old age.

  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 13 hours ago

    SueN

    Thank You. There are quite a few statements you made that I could take issue with, but I'll limit my response to the statement "if you get health insurance through an employer, you can't change insurance". Here are a few ways to to change insurance. 1. Employers usually offer more than 1 health insurance option. 2. Ask you union to petition the employer for more health insurance options. 3. change employers. 4. Opt out of employer furnished insurance and buy your own......if there is only one insurance provider, i e, the government, there is no other insurance available. Plus, governments change. No one expect a liberal or conservative government to last.

  • Are We At "Peak" Citizen's United?   6 weeks 15 hours ago
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  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Yes, all my life, and I have no complaints. And I have been very, very sick. Sure, there are waiting lists for less urgent operations, especially under conservative governments as they don't like spending money on it, but at least we can get treated, and can complain to our MP if we don't like the service we are getting. Try complaining to your health insurance CEO! Nobody gets bankrupt. Nobody gets refused treatment for financial reasons. Our outcomes are at least as good as yours, at half the price. And if people really want to, they can go private.

    And I get dental cheap too.

    And if you get health insurance through your employer, you can't switch insurer.

    Some alternative treatments may not be covered, but nor do your insurers cover them.

    And we don't have to wait for urgent operations until the health insurer OKs them. And no surprise billing. And the doctor has no incentive to perform unnecessary procedures.

    I get my prescriptions free, and those who don't can buy a season ticket and then get all their prescriptions for a low set price https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/save-money-with-a-prescription-prepayment-certificate-ppc/

  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 1 day ago

    SueN,

    Have you ever lived under a government run health care System? I have, so please don't tell me how great it is, it's okay, as long as you don't get sick. Say you have a heart blockage, you put on a list to have the blockage evaluated. Some people aren't treated, some may wait as long as 2 years for treatment. Prescriptions, dental care, alternative treatments are not covered, unless you have private insurance for these. Doctors give preference to those with supplemental insurance. The system here in the USA is much nicer. If you have a problem with the health insurance company, competaive options are available. Where do you turn if there is only one provider such as medicare?

  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 1 day ago

    The psychiatrists are all busy treating those with TDS.

  • Barr & Trump Both Need to Be Impeached   6 weeks 1 day ago

    You progressives are making impeachment a badge of honor. It seems you want to impeach anyone who is accomplished. I can guarantee the President will use the Progressive impeachment of him as proof he's getting things done, and draining the progressive swamp.

  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 1 day ago

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  • Barr & Trump Both Need to Be Impeached   6 weeks 1 day ago

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  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Why is America so adamant on paying money to large corporations so they can make big profits denying health care (which they do not provide themselves) and restricting you to their list of doctors, rather than paying half as much to a system run by of and for the people which provides healthcare for all ? Do people actually want to die because they cannot afford treatment, or become bankrupt, when the rest of the developed world has shown that this is not necessary?

    Maybe we should send over some psychiatrists.

  • Barr & Trump Both Need to Be Impeached   6 weeks 2 days ago

    The billionairs will likely lobby against

    This is the american way... did you know?

  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Note to Thom, The US is not Europe. If that idea fascinates you, planes leave every day.

  • It's Time to Grow the Government In the Right Way...   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Fox News attacking bernie.. CNN attacking bernie.. MSNBC attacking bernie. They all know bernie is going to win (unless they succeed in blocking the will of the people).

  • Is America Now Officially a "Sh*thole" Country?   6 weeks 3 days ago

    America is careening toward third world status. Proposed changes to the social security disability certification process, a repeat of the fiasco during the Reagan administration, threaten to swell the ranks of the impoverished. In the 1980s, 200,000 disabled persons lost their social security benefits. What will become of the disabled who depend on a social security check for minimal subsistence. Some disabled persons are so impaired that it's obvious to even the untrained eye. On the other hand, people with brain-related disabilities are not always easy to detect, and I fear that they are going to become the primary victims of the purge of the disabled. There are 6.5 million intellectually disabled persons and 11.2 million seriously mentally ill in the U.S. The latter group is of most concern, because those with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not easily identified as unable to work. How can the disabled be treated fairly? Some questions need answers. 1. What are the criteria used to determine whether someone is disabled? 2. What will be the qualifications of the professionals who will decide that a disabled person is capable of employment? 3. What support will be provided to help the disabled succeed in the workplace? 4. How will the newly-employed, disabled person in a low-pay, no benefits job obtain health care? 5. What inducement will there be for employers to hire the disabled persons who enter the workforce? 6. What assistance will be provided to those who are applying for disability aid, so that they don't give up and join the ranks of the homeless? Please let Washington know about your concerns about the potential consequences of these proposed changes to Social Security Administration regulations.

  • How America Broke Up With the Democratic Party   6 weeks 3 days ago

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  • Is America Now Officially a "Sh*thole" Country?   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I heard in an interview recently from a population expert that the reason behind the minimum wage increase was NOT for providing more money for low income earners but more money for Social Security. Boy, we sure don't have very creative leaders given such "reactive" solutions. What we need is a different economic system than the dated one we now have. One that doesn't needs to overflow the planet with more people and can keep the cost living down rather than to benefit the cash flow of a few rich.

  • Big Pharma Won't Let Us Import Medicine From Canada, But Insists on Sending Carcinogen-Contaminated Pills to the Public   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I know of a husband and wife that went vegan years ago. He has prostate cancer and she has breast cancer. Could lettuce be to blame?

  • Big Pharma Won't Let Us Import Medicine From Canada, But Insists on Sending Carcinogen-Contaminated Pills to the Public   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Wow ...Big Pharma is not to blame, do they not know what they call medicine.
    Are they not responsible for what goes into what they call medicine.
    .People don't take their crap go vegan .You don't need their so called cures .
    Google Bruce Lipton big Pharma is a lie....

  • Big Pharma Won't Let Us Import Medicine From Canada, But Insists on Sending Carcinogen-Contaminated Pills to the Public   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Big Pharma is not to blame. They bought the right to do these things... Check with the people they paid.

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