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Affordable Healthcare Work Begins Next Week

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Obama On Health Care Reform

President Obama rallied for affordable healthcare for all Americans tonight. Addressing the impact on the health of Americans from a sagging economy, Obama promises that healthcare reform “will not wait another year”. During his address, President Obama pointed out the impact of lost jobs, and sleepless nights on the lives and health of Americans. Obama vows that he will give Americans affordable health insurance options.

The President says he is committed to healthcare reform, pointing out he has already enabled eleven million children to have access to healthcare. Furthermore, he says he is committed to finding a cure for cancer – a disease that has personally touched his own life.

Obama’s outline for healthcare reform includes the following:

· Electronic healthcare records to reduce waste and medical errors

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· A focus on curing cancer

· Prevention of disease

Healthcare costs have ‘weighed down our economy long enough”, says Obama. Next week, the work toward healthcare reform begins.

According to the President, healthcare debt causes someone to declare bankruptcy every thirty seconds. Healthcare costs have grown four times faster than the average American wage, a point also made by Obama to drive-home the absurdity of a healthcare system that has become incomparably overinflated in cost.

Healthcare reform has been a long time coming. We hope the work toward affordable healthcare that begins next week also draws to a quick close. Studies have shown that American’s are ignoring their health needs.



Martin Luther King said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane." Congressman John Conyers has introduced HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act, to ensure that every American, regardless of income, employment status, or race, has access to quality, affordable health care services. To end the inhumanity of our failed healthcare insurance system, where profits are more important than patients’ health, ask your Representatives to support John Conyer's HR 676 Bill. HEALTHCARE SHOULD BE A RIGHT, NOT A BUSINESS.
Two hundred fifty million Americans with insurance have their life and death decisions made for them, by a six figure individual, in a profit oriented system where bonuses and advancement are based on denial rates. The only useful service the insurance companies provide is a place to hold our money until we need care. The other services they provide outweigh that single useful one a hundred fold. Our money is being used to pay lawyers to deny our claims, staff to reject new applicants that may not be profitable to insure. We pay for the lobbyists that compete for our representation in congress. We pay for management positions for people who have proven their ability to provide us with the least amount of service possible. Not to mention mass amounts of advertisement, high rise buildings, jets, yachts, and million dollar CEO salaries. Right now, members of congress are collaborating with the insurance companies to force you and I to purchase their for-profit services. When a bunch of companies get together and say: "Yes, we'll let you pass these laws, as long as you force all the people to pay us", that's extortion. When Congress agrees, that's corruption! For as long as the insurance companies have a dime of our healthcare dollars to spend, they will use it to fight for their position of dominance. They pay for an army of lobbyists, and a plethora of advertisements, all to make sure that we don't realize that they provide no health care at all. The insurance companies can spend our health care dollars, and our tax dollars if this mandate is allowed, however the like, and they do. For instance... Campaign contributions! This is where the "free market" competition for political influence begins. Having seats in the House and Senate that are favorable to the insurance industry is among the top priorities when spending our health care dollars. Lobbyists! We are talking about a swarm of them for each and every Congressman. When new laws are written or amended, the insurance companies need to be in Congress's ear. A good lobbyists should be able to talk you out of the gum in your mouth, and leave you with the impression that you just saved the world. PR firms! The job of a PR firm is to convince the public of how wonderful and necessary the their client is. They are also employed as "experts", which is a propagandists with an official sounding title hired to attack any competition that may be a threat to their clients interests. Major attacks against 'Single Payer Health Care' are being funded by our health care dollars. Lawyers! If you have insurance, and for some reason you are going to cost them a lot of money, the Lawyers get called in. Insurance companies are in business to make money for their share holders, so paying your doctor bills is counterproductive to their main goal. If they can find any reason to refuse your claim, or drop your coverage, they will. This doesn't seem consistent with our goals for health care, but unless your a share holder, you don't get a vote in 'Corporate-Run Health Care'. Co-Pays! Insurance is more like a discount program than actual coverage. It's not a big deal when you go in for a check-up, or something simple, but good luck keeping your house if something serious goes wrong. This is where the whole system, that seemed so important to keep making your monthly payment on, leaves you out in the cold. There is a real solution. H.R. 676 makes sense, financially and morally. Please contact your representatives and President Obama, let them know that we support Single Payer Healthcare.
Finally, the time has arrived to fix Americas Healthcare crisis, and Americas healthcare knightmare. Hundreds of thousands of you are killed needlessly every year by your healthcare delivery system in a rush to profit. And because of a rush to profit Hundreds of thousands more of you are needlessly dying from treatable illness that people in other developed and civilized countries don't DIE! from. Rich, middle class, and poor alike. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. Additionally, thousands more of you are driven into financial ruin, and bankruptcy just because you, or one of your loved ones got sick or injured. And all of this is happening at a time when America spends twice as much of it's GDP (Gross Domestic Productivity) on health care than any other country in the developed world. Individual Americans spend about ten times as much on health care as any other people in the developed world. This is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. AND IT MUST END! But before we can truly fix this healthcare crisis and disgrace, everyone needs to clearly understand what the problem is. And everyone needs to clearly understand the real enormity of the problem. The problem is that HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL DELIVERY IN AMERICA IS SEVERELY CORRUPTED AND COMPROMISED BY GREED! AND THE PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MOTIVE. And it is corrupted, and compromised IN EVERY ASPECT, AND EVERY PLACE OF HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL DELIVERY. Unfortunately for all Americans, compromised healthcare ALWAYS results in needless suffering, injury, disability, and or death. Which is exactly what is happening now in America in shocking numbers. Health care is NOT! a private for profit business. Healthcare is an essential public service. Like police, and fire. And healthcare is also a human right! PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTHCARE IS AN OXYMORON, AND AN IMMORAL AND UNETHICAL PERVERSION OF HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN RIGHTS. So how do we fix this healthcare disgrace? I believe the fix for Americas healthcare disaster is essentially the same thing that every other developed country in the World has essentially done. "NOT FOR PROFIT, TAX PAYER SUPPORTED, SINGLE PAYER, AUTOMATIC, FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. Essentially HR676 (enhanced, and expanded medicare for all). Just like every other CIVILIZED! country in the developed World has. There is no other way to truly fix and reform our current disastrous healthcare delivery system. All Universal health care systems work best when everyone participates. But I know that the healthcare lobby, and some politicians will try and undermine "Not For Profit, Tax payer supported, Single payer, Automatic, Free Universal Healthcare for all" by falsely claiming that it will limit your choice, and require you to participate. So, I propose that everyone be included in the national plan unless they choose to opt out. If you opt out and need medical care the national plan will insure your provider that they will be reimbursed under the rules for members in the national plan. But those who opted out, and their insurer will be responsible for the FULL! cost to the national plan for providing your care if you or your private insurer fails to reimburse the provider or the national plan in a timely manor to at least the standards of the national plan. Including reporting you to credit agencies, withholding of taxes, leans, and garnishment of wages for unpaid medical bills. Just like you have now under private for profit healthcare, and private for profit health insurance. Further, people who opted out will be required to provide proof of financial responsibility for future illness or be required to participate in the national plan. And everyone with children will be required to participate in the national plan. Or provide proof of insurance coverage on each child to the standards of the national plan. It will be against the law to report anyone in the national plan to a credit agency for unpaid medical bills. Frankly, only a dope would want to opt out of the national plan and opt to keep our current disastrous private for profit medical, and insurance plans. But they will be free to choose. The most important thing is that the vast majority of Americans that want the protection, benefits, and higher quality of a universal national plan have that choice. You see, one of the most important aspects of a universal healthcare system is easy access, and patient protection. This is accomplished by having a single payer without a conflict of interest in patient care. And by having a payer who has the power to enforce minimum standards of excellence in healthcare delivery for everyone in the plan. This is much of what Medicare does now for senors. "Aeger Primo" (The patient first). Unfortunately in our healthcare system the patient comes last. We are just a peace of meat to them. Cash cows to be slaughtered for profit. So this is IT! my fellow Americans, My fellow human beings, My fellow World Citizens. And my fellow Cyber Warriors. :-) The time has come. D day. H hour. HEALTHCARE REFORM THIS YEAR! Let no one stand in our way. Contact your representative and tell them you want "Not For Profit, Tax Payer Supported, Single Payer, Automatic, Free Universal healthcare for all. And tell them you want that choice now. Tell them you want President Obama's budget passed without delay. President Obama's budget is brilliant. And exactly what is needed now. President Obama, and his allies will need all the support you can give them. The healthcare lobby will try to take out his people if they can, like they did with Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer. And they will try to neutralize President Obama's popularity, and political power. Or they will try to take him down someway. Don't stand for it. If they attack him. Go after them ten times harder and remove them from office. We had an election. And you the people chose President Obama's leadership, and change agenda. Let no one in government disrespect the will of the American people and remain in office. To President Obama, his Cabinet, the Congress of the United States, and the Supreme Court. I have noticed for some time a disturbing tendency for key members of your bodies to come down with illness, or medical problems at critical legislative times. This may just be coincidence. But I can tell you that there are a million subtle ways to medically injure someone just by doing nothing when something needs to be done. Or by doing things to someone when nothing needs to be done except to give them reassurance. I know for a fact that there are those that would have no qualms about hurting any of you to preserve our current disgraceful medical status quo. So, I recommend as a matter of national security that you enlist the help of a friendly power to regularly review, and oversee the medical care you receive from your local regular healthcare providers. Briton, France and many other countries have excellent medical providers. As well as Canada. Briton, and Canada may be less of a language barrier for Americans. Let's get this healthcare reform done now my fellow Americans. This year. Take no prisoners. God Bless All Of You Jack Smith — Working Class :-) http://jacksmithworkingclass.blogspot.com/ (http://jacksmithworkingclass.blogspot.com/)