SICKO - Your supplement to the U.S. healthcare fiasco
Posted: 10 July 2009 11:12 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’ (2007) is available on DVD.  Notice his forays into the Canadian and British systems -  his interviews with the public and the doctors in those countries

Would it help if Americans knew they were living in an oligarchy?  Surely we know about the billions being spent by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies to buy the votes of elected officials?

[ Edited: 10 July 2009 08:22 PM by unsmoked]
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Posted: 10 July 2009 02:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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I was going to start a separate thread with this, but it’ll work here.

According to Victoria Jackson, socialism makes people die. So the more dead people you have, the better off you are so you don’t have to stand in line waiting for health care and medicaid. It will also tax people to death. Obama will kill babies with your tax dollars. The evil government, also known as the Obama administration, will kill people just like Hitler did.

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/vjackson/2009/07/07/ignorance-is-bliss/
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So you see unsmoked, some Americans don’t care we live in an oligarchy. They’re too afraid of the boogyman of socialism—-an euphemism for OH MY GOD, WE HAVE A BLACK DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT WITH THE MIDDLE NAME OF HUSSEIN.

Talk about SICKO…

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Posted: 12 July 2009 07:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Red-Flagging and Rescission

Among the other testimony heard by the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was that of Robin Beaton. It reflected some of the insurance company tactics condemned by Potter.

It was a nightmare scenario. The day before she was scheduled to undergo a double mastectomy for invasive breast cancer, Robin Beaton’s health insurance company informed her that she was “red flagged” and they wouldn’t pay for her surgery. The hospital wanted a $30,000 deposit before they would move forward. Beaton had no choice but to forgo the life-saving surgery.

Beaton had dutifully signed up for individual insurance when she retired from nursing to start a small business. She had never missed a payment, but that didn’t matter. Blue Cross cited two earlier, unrelated conditions that she hadn’t reported to them when signing up — acne and a fast beating heart — and rescinded her policy.

Beaton pleaded with the company and had her doctors write letters on her behalf to no avail. It was not until Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) personally called Blue Cross that her policy was reinstated and she could undergo surgery. In that year, Beaton’s tumor doubled in size, leading to further complications necessitating the removal of her lymph glands as well.

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Posted: 14 July 2009 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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unsmoked - 10 July 2009 03:12 PM

Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’ (2007) is available on DVD.  Notice his forays into the Canadian and British systems -  his interviews with the public and the doctors in those countries

Would it help if Americans knew they were living in an oligarchy?  Surely we know about the billions being spent by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies to buy the votes of elected officials?

The bottom line is do you think health care is a right or a privilege?

If you think it is a right you are in alliance with the 70 plus percent of Americans who support a public or a single-payer option. My guess is most of these people have figured out the connection between Pharm and our elected officials. Or at least they have thought enough about the situation (health care) to understand it is a right.

If we don’t get a public option and “reform” gets watered down to simply a universal coverage where private industry continues to call the shots, will American’s sit idly by and accept it?

What exactly would it take to get “real” reform out of the health care system?  Reform that involves either the annihilation of our current system ( via single payer) or at the very least competition from a public option.  I’m not sure if the American public is ready to find out.

And why isn’t the media reporting about the large number of protestors in Washington who are fighting for this reform?

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