April 2007


With over 46 million uninsured, why can’t the government step in and sell us affordable health insurance policies?

It should be illegal to allow these private insurance companies put our very lives and property at risk because we may need medical care.

Where are the people who have slipped through the cracks supposed to get care?!?!???

Our system is insane and DANGEROUS!

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(1) A Second Opinion: Rescuing America’s Health Care by Dr. Arnold Relman

“The U.S. healthcare system is failing. It is run like a business, increasingly focused on generating income for insurers and providers rather than providing care for patients. It is supported by investors and private markets seeking to grow revenue and resist regulation, thus contributing to higher costs and lessened public accountability. Meanwhile, forty-six million Americans are without insurance. Health care expenditures are rising at a rate of 7 percent a year, three times the rate of inflation.”

“Dr. Arnold Relman is one of the most respected physicians and healthcare advocates in our country. This book, based on sixty years’ experience in medicine, is a clarion call not just to politicans and patients but to the medical profession to evolve a new structure for healthcare, based on voluntary private contracts between individuals and not-for-profit, multi-specialty groups of physicians. Physicians would be paid mainly by salaries and would submit no bills for their services. All health care facilities would be not-for-profit. The savings from reduced administrative overhead and the elimination of billing fraud would be enormous. Healthcare may be our greatest national problem, but the provocative, sensible arguments in this book will provide a catalyst for change.”

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(2) Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price by Jonathan Cohn
See our previous post here.

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(3) Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing Our Failing System by Robert H. Lebow

“It is no secret that health care in the United States is managed by a confusing welter of institutions, regulations, corporations and government agencies. Paperwork is rampant at every level, and much time and money are wasted while millions of people go without needed medical attention. For this “system” the U.S. spends about twice as much per capita as most developed countries.”

“In this book Dr. Bob LeBow tackles this monumental issue with clarity and forthrightness. His prescription for our health care quagmire is a national health program which includes universal coverage, as is the case in every other industrialized country.”

(note: above descriptions excerpted from Amazon.com)

It’s a Chronic Condition
Our current health-care debate is rooted in the 1930s.
By Mary Carmichael
Newsweek

April 16, 2007 issue – Jonathan Cohn has studied health care for more than a decade, and in that time he’s heard hundreds of grim tales­people who skimp on doctors’ visits and skip medications so they can make the rent; patients who died because, as he writes in his new book, they “literally could not afford” to fall ill. That book, “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis­And the People Who Pay the Price,” focuses in heart-rending detail on nine of those stories, the kind of which may well find their way into stump speeches in 2008. But it also brings a fresher perspective to the health-care debate, thanks to a second, more surprising source: Depression-era documents that tell nearly identical stories. Then, too, ailing people went without care as politicians and physicians sparred over its spiraling costs. “It’s frightening how parallel the situations are,” Cohn says in an interview. But America isn’t necessarily doomed to repeat its history, as long as there’s still time to learn from it.

Cohn begins his saga around 1910, a time, at least in the medical world, of hope. Doctors had pioneered anesthesia and antiseptics, transforming hospitals “from places where people were lucky to survive to places where people expected to be cured,…”

More at Newsweek
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17995779/site/newsweek/

Global Choice Health Care gives people options to get lower-priced health care out of the country.

Sad. In my wildest dreams, I never thought American health care would be reduced to this.

“HMOs are all about middlemen raking off dollars from both sides. They have no function except to enrich themselves. Their only role in the health care system is to prevent both health and care.”

– – MEDICAL CARE IN GEORGE BUSH’S AMERICA– AND WHY MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE FORCED TO SEEK IT ELSEWHERE

Watch the OneCareNow Video to understand single payer insurance (21 minutes).

Short on time? View the 3 minute version.

April 2, 2007 – – A recent Harvard study showed the median health-care costs for various age groups: $463 for men ages 18-44; $1,266 for women that same age; $1,849 for men ages 45-64; and $2,871 for women ages 45 to 64.

The research is being published in the April issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Read the entire article here.

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