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

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


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.”


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.

Good op/ed by California Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-23)


“Let’s be honest. What we’ve been doing about health care in this country just isn’t working.”

“Over the last decade, our health-care “system” has become trapped in a continuous downward spiral: declining patient-care quality, unaffordable yearly jumps in premiums and reduced benefits. Insurance companies report record profits while salaries for primary-care doctors are largely frozen and hospital emergency rooms operate in the red. Every year we pay more, get less, and insurance companies make off with the difference. Our past efforts at reform are like a failed relationship that we can’t seem to let go. We give up more and more in the hope that something will change.

(snip snip)

“Real universal health care is demonstrably possible. SB 840 (the California Universal Healthcare Act), a bill I am carrying in the California Legislature, covers every California resident with comprehensive, affordable health benefits, and contains the growth of health-care spending while improving quality. Most importantly, it gives patients total choice of their doctors and hospital.”

MORE AT The Sacramento News & Review

For more information on SB 840 (California Universal Health Care Act),

Corporate power fuels political corruption. With Clean Elections, citizens can take back America to stop the corporate/political revolving door.

Until we can get Clean Elections in every state, we have to choose between two major parties, The Repugs who support “Big Insurance” and “Big Drugs” and The Democrats who are willing to go to the mat for health care reform. With all the corruption in the current administration, there’s no doubt we need to get a Democrat in the White House.

“The Republicans raise $10 million every month from corporate interests and lobbyists. The Democratic Party will never be able to compete in the traditional ways with a party that has abandoned the people and taken selling access and influence to a new level.

But we can do it if half a million people are giving $20 a month to change the way our political process works.”
(or one million people are giving $10/mo; two million giving just $5/mo).

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