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The United States needs single-payer, non-profit health care: Guest opinion

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Anesthesiologist Samuel Metz, left, addressed the crowd at a rally in Pioneer Square in 2009. He was joined by a number of doctors, all in white caps, who support healthcare reform. 
                  The information is timeless!
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By Samuel Metz, M.D.

Imagine all your medical information imprinted on one wallet-sized card. Then you lose it. Is this an inconvenience, or a catastrophe?

In France, Taiwan and other countries providing universal health care at lower cost, it’s an inconvenience. Get a replacement, and all is well. No harm, no foul.

But not here. In Oregon, and anywhere in the U.S., your medical records determine the kind of care you get, and maybe if you get any care at all.

It’s a life or death issue.

....All other industrialized countries provide better care to more people for less money than we do. How do they do it? Everyone, sick or healthy, is in one risk pool – human beings. Everyone, rich or poor, receives one set of benefits – treatable conditions are treated. Americans are unhappily unique in insisting health care be dependent upon our age, employer, medical
records and all these other factors, but not upon our need.

...Imagine an Oregon in which everyone gets cost-effective care, regardless of medical condition. In this better world, we still risk accidental release of our medical records. But in this better world, the lapse is an embarrassment, not a death sentence.

Samuel Metz, of Portland, is a member of three groups that advocate for publicly funded, universal health care: Health Care for All Oregon, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Mad as Hell Doctors.  visit here for the full article:  http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/what_the_us_really_needs_is_a.html


Todd Boyle videoed the Physicians for a National Health Program of western WA, five really well-prepared, informative talks! For Universal coverage under a Single Payer plan: please share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9bkc-oUNoE

Speakers Include- Martha Schmidt, LL.M. - Philip Caper, MD
- Congressman Jim McDermott, MD
- Kshama Sawant, PhD, Seattle City Councilmember
- Randall White, MD, Director, British Columbia Psychosis Program.

 

Was Joe Wilson Right? 

http://health-careresource.blogspot.com/2009/09/was-joe-wilson-right.html

The rest of the civilized world, along with most of our ostensible "enemies, already have single-payer, non-profit health care. There is zero reason why the richest and most powerful nation on earth cannot provide these basic human rights and services.

I recall when I was teaching college, an immigrant from Russia was one of my students. He was a grandfather. He only came to America, finally, so he could get to know his grand-kids. He was thrilled. But when he became ill, he discovered he was "free" to die in America, because health care is a luxury only the rich can afford. Broken-hearted, he returned to mother Russia, where healthcare is a right and people come before profit.

Here is what Obama said about health care when he was running for office.
http://youtu.be/fpAyan1fXCE


“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.” (applause) "I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”

Obama speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO, June 30, 2003.

~Well, he took the White House, and his party took back the Senate and the House.
But he forgot his promise and refused to discuss nonprofit health care again. Barack Obama, still today, can implement universal, single-payer, non-profit health care with the stroke of his pen. We could join the community of nations where human rights come first.
People would stop losing their homes to pay for medical emergencies.

But this president chooses to surrender the argument to transnational economic cartels and leave insurance profiteers in charge of health care delivery. It is time we joined the civilized world and took the insurance cartels off the table. Back when Medicare was first introduced, these firms claimed imminent disaster, but instead just diversified their investments. If we extend Medicare to cover everyone (including Congress) we would have a strong, healthy, and fiscally sound nation.

http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/healthcare

The only obstacle to basic health care for every American, is a president who no longer has the courage or integrity to keep his promise.

By all means, sign up for what piecemeal improvements have been made, fork out the cash to the same profiteers who have been gambling with our health care for years, and take the time to remind Mr. Obama what he promised. It's time he delivered.

"When we talk about the Affordable Care Act, we mostly focus on the millions of Americans who will gain health insurance coverage. We talk less about the millions who will remain uninsured.

And there are a lot of them: 30 million Americans will not have coverage under Obamacare, according to a new analysis in the journal Health Affairs.


Was Joe Wilson Right?  “Even if the law were fully implemented, there would have been 26 million uninsured people,” co-author Steffie Woolhandler said in an interview Thursday. “This isn’t just about the Medicaid expansion. This is the system as originally designed.”

Sarah Kliff covers health policy, focusing on Medicare, Medicaid and the health reform law. She tries to fit in some reproductive health and education policy coverage, too, alongside an occasional hockey reference. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Politico, and the BBC. She is on Twitter and Facebook.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/07/obamacare-leaves-millions-uninsured-heres-who-they-are/

Contact your elected Officials.
Health care is a human right.

Say no to war and yes to human rights, peace, and universal health care.

~Tim Flanagan, associate editor of the Alliance

http://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/contact-your-leaders-say-no-to-war-on-syria

 

Was Joe Wilson Right? 

Why Universal Health Care Now?
February 16, 2013
By Glendora Claybrooks, February 11, 2013

Our political environment and socio-economic factors underline and define the problematic needs that exist--needs which determine and support the public decision as to why the time is right for single payer universal health care now.

Oregonians have elected overwhelmingly Democratic progressive leadership in the 77th Legislative Assembly of the Oregon House and Senate. Oregonians have also elected a Democratic governor, John A. Kitzhaber. These outcomes prove the time, place, and opportunity feasible for garnering public support in urging legislative action to enact single payer health care for ALL, right here, right now.

Social and economic conditions have set the scene for reconciling the problems which Oregonians must resolve. As unemployment and underemployment continue to linger, as preventable diseases increase, as people prematurely and needlessly die, as death rates rise, and birth rates decline, our health and hope slowly dwindle. In addition, we are seeing a rise in loss of property through bankruptcy filings due to increased medical costs and joblessness, which render inadequate shelter. These results are indicative of lack of health care coverage and the means by which we reimburse our health care professionals and providers.

The 2010 federal Affordable Care Act has raised the curtain, revealing opportunities for our state and our political actors to develop the courage to engage in bold steps, using common sense ideas and solutions to protect the general public welfare. Whereas the Governor’s decision to implement measures such as the Healthcare Transformation Reform Act, realized through the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), and the Cover Oregon Health Insurance Exchange is indeed noble, the outcome is predictable. The purpose of this noble effort is to provide for expanded, affordable and better health care services at lower costs. However, historical evidence shows that provisions based on these objectives have not reached fruition, leaving hundreds of thousands of families, including children and individuals, without adequate health care coverage, treatment, and affordable services.

For this reason, Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO), a not-for-profit grassroots mobilization effort, has coalesced with more than 60 other statewide organizations to advocate for a universal and publicly funded health care reimbursement system—a statewide financial system designed to accommodate and meet the needs of all Oregonians, reflecting HCAO’s mantra, “Everybody In, and Nobody Out!”

Perhaps the real question that “We the People”, including our elected officials, should be asking is what long-term consequences are most relevant to developing, maintaining, and sustaining a wholesome social and economic environment? To address this question in an effective and efficient manner requires pragmatism and knowledge of the negative effects on our current and future socio-economic surroundings. We must consider the long-term status of the health and wealth both of our state and of its people. Given these considerations, we must anticipate the potential impacts of a quality life of health, wealth, and worth versus a social life of luxury, privilege, and greed, designed to benefit the few anarchistic and plutocratic-minded among us. The remaining 99% would suffer contagious diseases and deadly outcomes, thereby destroying the democracy and economic stability of our regional existence.

Addressing these concerns would allow us the guidance needed to devise best financial strategies to alleviate increased health care costs. The benefits of this financial intervention would be manifested in the reduction or elimination of health care inequities, disparities, and cost-sharing on behalf of all resident Oregonians. The focus then becomes who will be the intended primary beneficiaries of this outcome. Evidence shows that society will prosper economically and socially by repairing our current health care systems to meet all the needs of its stakeholders. No matter how radical this financial concept or political process may seem, or how unlikely that it will be embraced, the outcome will serve to benefit the public good.

Hence, our focus should be directed toward the outcomes as well as the means. As with all political processes, inclusive of policy proposals, missions and visions, it is vital to keep these provisions in mind. “We the People” will always experience the intended and unintended, the expected and unexpected ramifications of our goals. However, we should not allow the unforeseen outcomes to stop us from undertaking, and overcoming this huge challenge in changing how health care services are financed. To succeed in our purpose to activate health care for all, we must become that mega-voice for HCAO’s mantra, “Everybody In, and Nobody Out!”

Why universal health care now, you may ask. The answers lie with a critical assessment of our current fractured health care payment system and with the political will of our elected officials. We must hold them accountable to represent the people’s business by demonstrating effective stewardship in policy development and by setting the political agenda so as to preserve the democratic process. In so doing, we will have planted the seed of urgency for cultivation and harvest in recognizing that the time is right and the time is now to accomplish health care for all.

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo

Glendora Claybrooks describes herself as a small-town country girl of Native and African heritage who was born on a plantation in Blytheville Arkansas.

“As a young girl growing up,” she says, “I endured social injustices; school segregation, inadequate health care services, and racial discrimination. But I listened to, and read about courageous individuals fighting for my Civil Rights and recognized later that these issues would always be at the human root of our ongoing plights.”

Claybrooks moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1995, and achieved education in Community Health, Health Sciences, Grant Writing and Nonprofits, Civics, Health Administration and Public Management.

“During the course of my tedious life journey, I have finally found that physical place and that human heart which led me into the life of civics and politics, and it is here that I was reborn. Hence, I have been on my way since conception and today, I have finally arrived.”

~Glendora Claybrooks, MHA, GCPM


Published on Feb 10, 2013

The full event: "Health Care For All of Oregon" rally and music on the steps of the Oregon State Capital on February 4th 2013. 
This is the speeches and music from the gathering on the steps around 10 AM in Salem Oregon. 
More Info on this Health Care for All Oregon issue; www.hcao.org

This same full video is also available on Archive dot org to watch or download;
http://archive.org/details/HealthCare...

NOTE: {opening drumming and arrival on the steps video is here]
http://youtu.be/4I_5dBFAlNM


TPA  Health Care Portal   (http://www.theportlandalliance.org/healthcare)

 We believe healthcare is a human right.

We’ve been told that establishing healthcare as a public good, accessible to all and paid for with public funds, is “politically impractical.” But nothing short of non-profit health care delivery will stop the continuing meltdown of this country’s healthcare system.
We can win this fight, if all who are victimized by the system mobilize to challenge the few who profit from it.

OUR MEETINGS: 3rd Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM 
6025 E. Burnside, Portland, Or 97215 (the big green AFSCME bldg.)

OUR CURRENT ACTIONS:

Healthcare surveys, house parties, education of ourselves and others, and state-wide mobilization.  We welcome your help in this campaign for universal healthcare. 
Come to the next meeting.


http://blog.steelcityanesthesia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Steel-City-Anesthesia-Health-Care-Reform.jpg healthcare action costumeWHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING:

Portland Jobs with Justice began working on healthcare transformation after its inception in 1991, and a formal health care committee was established in 2003.

The year 2011 started with 500 people turning out for a conference in January to hear U.S. Rep. John Conyers  (who introduced a bill, HB676, for national single-payer health care in four previous legislative sessions), other speakers, and break-out groups. 

After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), (whole text of law at www.healthcare.gov) was signed into law in March of 2010, we decided to push for single-payer legislation at the state level, in part to put more pressure on Congress. Working with activists from Health Care for All-Oregon, Physicians for a National Health Program, www.pnhp.org and Mad as Hell Doctors, www.madashelldoctors.com, we drafted HB 3510 which was introduced in the 2011 state legislature by Rep. Michael Dembrow, a member of Jobs with Justice. Supporters packed two hearing rooms at a dramatic two-hour hearing, but the bill failed to make it out of committee.

In June 2011, the Vermont state legislature passed a bill laying the groundwork for single payer healthcare in the Green Mountain state. We invited 3 organizers from Vermont Workers Center to tour Oregon, sharing the lessons of their grass roots movement for “healthcare as a human right” which helped build the historic campaign in Vermont. On December 17, 2011, at the Portland presentation, 350 people were energized, as were hundreds of people along the route of their statewide tour. Visit www.workerscenter.org to get updates on their campaign. 

The influence of their ideas was much in evidence as representatives from twenty-eight organizations, including unions, community organizations, immigrant rights groups, faith groups, and health care advocates, met on January 27, 2012 to form a new statewide coalition for single payer. Portland Jobs with Justice hosted the meeting and continues to play a leadership role in the coalition. www.singlepayeroregon.org 

Portland JwJ health care committee current actions, outlined above, are modeled on the strategies that worked in Vermont.  We need your help to prove that it is not “politically impractical” to have a universal healthcare system in the U.S.
Attend a meeting, and get active.

 healthcare cartoon

Reprinted with the Permission of Jen Sorensen, www.slowpokecomics.com  

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S AND MORE ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO TRANSFORM THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM:

The idea of a single, universal health care system paid for with our tax dollars (what is sometimes called “single payer”) has been around a while. Teddy Roosevelt made it part of his campaign platform when he ran for a third term on the Bull Moose ticket in 1912. (He lost.) Twenty-five years later Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor, tried and failed to make it part of the Social Security law. Organized labor took up the cause after World War II with President Truman’s support, but ran into a brick wall of opposition when Republicans got control of Congress. 

Having failed to win universal health care in the political arena, unions decided to negotiate health benefits for their members at the bargaining table. Without a national, publicly funded program like other countries had, the idea made sense: union membership was at an all-time high, and even non-union employers found they had to offer coverage to attract workers. By negotiating for large numbers of people, unions could get insurance companies to offer health plans at cheaper group rates, and employers got tax breaks for providing them.

But there were unintended consequences. The health insurance industry has developed into a $12 billion Frankenstein monster which has corrupted every aspect of our health care system, making it the most expensive and perhaps the least effective in the world. (Our health care outcomes lag far behind other industrialized countries.) Health insurance premiums are rising over three times as fast as workers’ wages. Medicals bills are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy, even for people with insurance, and 43,000 people die needlessly every year because they couldn’t get access to care when they needed it.    

For unions, rising health insurance costs have become a huge burden. More and more, Portland Jobs with Justice has been asked to help out in contract struggles where management used them to justify aggressive attacks on their workers. In 2007 we concluded that it was time for unions to renew their commitment to winning publicly-paid health care for everybody, so they wouldn’t have to fight for it at the bargaining table. We committed our energy and resources to working for passage of HR 676, the national single payer plan authored by Rep. John Conyers. 

We spoke at union meetings, testified at hearings, collected hundreds of signed postcards at farmers markets and other public events, picketed Blue Cross headquarters, and demonstrated at Congressional town halls. We found broad public support for single payer that was not reflected in Congress, where insurance industry lobbyists hold sway. Single payer supporters who wanted to testify before the Senate Banking Committee were handcuffed and taken from the hearing room by Capitol police. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, what is sometimes called “Obamacare” was actually drafted by a former insurance industry executive on the committee’s staff. That Act did not solve the healthcare problem.

Portland JwJ, through its healthcare committee, continues its efforts to make the nearly 100 year old idea of a single payer, publically funded healthcare system, a reality. 


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