Now more than ever have Americans shown concern for their health….us old farts have been concerned for a very long time but the younger among us are starting to see the need for all Americans to have adequate health care.
Covid-19 has shown the holes in our present system of medical care…..and the rise of this virus can be traced back to the Reagan era.
In the 1980s, US hospitals began to transform from institutions providing comprehensive care, no matter how long it took, to healthcare factories intent on shuffling patients in and out as quickly as possible. While this was meant to save money, shortages of basic equipment during the coronavirus outbreak have revealed the high price of these cost-cutting measures.
The shortage of beds, masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving equipment that is now putting American lives at risk can be traced back to federal healthcare reimbursement changes that were initiated during the Reagan administration and have continued ever since, experts say.
Specifically, this cost-cutting trend began in 1983, when Congress changed the reimbursement system for Medicare, says Stephen Mihm, a University of Georgia history professor who has studied the evolution of US healthcare financing.
Funny how just 3 months ago I was getting all sorts of anti Medicare For All comments and now they just are not there in numbers…..the pandemic has done one thing….the popularity of Medicare For All has gone up……
Support for Medicare for All among U.S. voters has reached a nine-month high in a Morning Consult/Politico tracking poll as the deadly and ongoing coronavirus pandemic lays bare the horrors and systemic inefficiencies of America’s profit-driven healthcare system.
The survey (pdf), released Wednesday, found that 55 percent of U.S. voters support Medicare for All, a nine-point jump since February. While support for Medicare for All is highest among Democratic voters at 75%, a majority of Independents—52%—also support the policy, along with 31% of Republicans.
Time to stop pussy footing around…..lives are at stake….DROP THE Eligibility AGE NOW!
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic collapse could cause a staggering 35 million people in the U.S. to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance over the next several months, with lower-income Americans bearing the brunt of the damage.
That’s according to a report (pdf) released Friday by the research and consulting firm Health Management Associates (HMA). The new analysis warns that, depending on the severity of U.S. job losses, “the number of people receiving coverage from an employer could decline by 12 to 35 million, including both workers and family members.”
The worst-case scenario presented in the report projects a U.S. unemployment rate of 25%—equal to the jobless rate at the peak of the Great Depression. Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis predicted last month that the unemployment rate could reach 32% by the end of June.
As more Americans are infected and die the more the calls will be for the government get off their collective asses and do something about this poor health care.
People like me have been saying that for decades….and it is a shame that it takes a killer pandemic for some to see the need.
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