Biden And Health Care

We have a full blown pandemic raging across this country…….and yet all the info we get about the 2020 election is dribbles that amount to nothing.

Let me help with what I see from Biden.

Looks like Biden will be the nominee…..and I have been showing my readers why I do not support him……but that aside in this time of national emergency I would like to give my thoughts and such on the presumptive nominee and his health stands.

Let me say here….that I do not want you to think as I do because I tell you so…….I am just pointing to the flaws in his nature that I feel will not do anything to make American’s lives any better than they are now. (2020)

What about Biden and health care…..we hear a lot about what is wrong with Bernie and his policies but Biden gets a free ride because he is anointed to run and beat Trump……well that is crap in my mind.

So let us look at Biden’s health care possibilities…..

Whatever the significance of Joe Biden’s victory in last week’s Super Tuesday primary, it’s not good news for the 28 million Americans who have no health insurance — at least according to Wall Street.

We know this because health insurance stocks surged the day after Tuesday’s vote, for a simple reason: Biden suits the interests of for-profit health insurers better than Bernie Sanders, and what’s good for private insurers has historically proved not good for the uninsured.

The Vermont senator, Biden’s principal competitor last week, supports a healthcare-finance system that would cover everyone, principally by marginalizing private insurers. By contrast, Biden calls merely for expanding and improving the 10-year-old Affordable Care Act (or ACA, aka Obamacare), a marketplace made up of private insurers. Now that Sanders has been demoted from frontrunner, the threat to insurer earnings is a lot less ominous than it might have seemed two weeks ago.

Biden would expand coverage with the so-called public option, allowing anyone to buy insurance from a government provider. That would have “very little effect, if any, on the private insurer’s role,” says James Kahn, emeritus professor of health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. “So they’re happy to see what looks like Biden headed toward the nomination.”

Is Joe Biden Hazardous to Your Health?

As an old fart and retired I am always looking to see just where the candidates are on health care…..especially of us elderly……and Biden gives me NO confidence that I will continue to be cared for…..

oe Biden has surged since the South Carolina primary, and the received wisdom is that this was mainly because of the perception by his voters that he was the most electable candidate against President Donald Trump. But there are some potential pitfalls that have not yet surfaced, and some of them concern voters who are currently among Biden’s strongest base of support: Americans over 65 years old.

Biden has proposed a plan for health care reform that has quite literally left senior citizens out in the cold.

This could become increasingly, and vitally, important as the threat of coronavirus increases exponentially. Older Americans are at a vastly higher risk than the general population; people over 65 have accounted for the vast majority of deaths in other countries.

Biden’s Health Care Plan Abandons Older Americans

Yes before the attacks begin….I support Medicare For All…..but that does not make me a supporter of Bernie…..at this time…..

I will search for the right candidate for me…..you see I still vote on principles and refuse to hold my nose and vote.

Plus I know that if for some reason Biden losses his race against Trump it will be my fault for not voting for a candidate that I do not support…..like Hillary’s loss was my fault not that she was a terrible candidate…..I shall bear with it….for I have been blamed before for a Dems loss……

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Against All Advice

Most of the wrong info that the public is given has come from the mouth of the Donald of Orange in his daily briefings.

Like all can get a test….wrong there are NOT enough test kits……this virus will be gone by April……wrong again…….

New polling shows public trust is eroding regarding the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as news outlets attempt to catalogue President Donald Trump’s lies about the crisis.

Yahoo! News and YouGov surveyed 1,635 adults across the country this week, finding that 53% of Americans do not trust the president to tell the truth about the virus, officially known as COVID-19. 

Seventy-nine percent of Democrats surveyed said they agreed that Trump can’t be trusted, while just 16% of Republicans agreed. 

The poll revealed lopsided levels of trust along partisan lines, with 79% of Democrats saying they believe Trump is lying to the U.S. public about the crisis and just 16% of Republicans reporting the same.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/13/endangering-public-trump-lies-mount-coronavirus-spreads-across-united-states

He tries to sideline Dr. Fauci and Birx and continues to go against the best advice from medical professionals……..

President Trump said Monday that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and he claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the coronavirus pandemic. “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.” Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs, “there’s no question about that,” but claimed that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be “probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.” The comments were further evidence that Trump has grown impatient with the pandemic, reports the AP, even before it has reached its expected peak.

“I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now,” Trump said Monday, adding that America will soon be back open for business. He said, though, that states could continue to enforce stricter measures. In recent days, tensions have been rising between those who argue the country needs to get back up and running to prevent a deep economic depression, and medical experts who warn that, unless more extreme action is taken, the human cost will be catastrophic. “We can’t shut in the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great,” Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, said in an interview Monday on Fox News Channel. “The president is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult trade-offs.”

This “man” is protecting the corporations and their cash….he cares NOTHING for the peons like you and me…..proof is his total moronic babblings about getting the country back to work….

President Trump has put a date on his desire to have the US running at normal speed: Easter, which is a little less three weeks away. Trump made the comments at the White House while participating in a virtual town hall for Fox News, reports CNBC. “We’re opening up this incredible country,” he said. “Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter.” Trump has said in recent days he’s worried that a prolonged shutdown would cause more damage to the US than the coronavirus itself. Critics fear that easing up on travel restrictions will worsen the pandemic in the US, but Trump argued the alternative is worse. “We’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression,” he said. “The other people, you’re going to have suicide by the thousands, you’re going to have all sorts of things happen.”

Easter this year falls on April 12. “I would love to have that,” said Trump. “It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.” Earlier this month, Trump laid out a 15-day plan to slow the spread of the virus, and that period ends on March 30. “We’ll assess at that time,” said Trump, per the Washington Post. His comments come amid a continued rise in cases. Earlier Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned that the US is poised to become the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, reports Reuters. In the last 24 hours, 40% of the world’s new cases came from the US, says a WHO spokesperson. The current US total is just shy of 50,000, per the New York Times. The US death toll is 615.

Every presser that he strolls out and lies does nothing to save the markets and is nailing is defeat in November down.

Thoughts about what all this early return to work is all about…..

  • Trump’s view: The president’s mantra is that he doesn’t want the cure to be worse than the ailment. “Trump and a chorus of conservative voices have begun to suggest that the shock to the economy could hurt the country more than deaths from the virus,” per the New York Times.
  • Echoing that: Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein is in Trump’s camp here. “Extreme measures to flatten the virus ‘curve’ is sensible—for a time—to stretch out the strain on health infrastructure,” he tweets. “But crushing the economy, jobs and morale is also a health issue-and beyond. Within a very few weeks let those with a lower risk to the disease return to work.”
  • Opposing view: No, no, no, argues Jordan Weissmann at Slate. “This is an extremely dangerous line of thinking, and not just because it will likely lead to more casualties,” he writes. “Encouraging Americans back to work before the virus is contained will not save the economy from catastrophe. Rather, it will set the country up to limp along, half-functioning as the pandemic spreads further.” It’s the worst of both worlds, he fears. Instead, he advocates a national lockdown for at least three weeks.
  • Phased return: Any return to normalcy would likely be phased in once the 15-day period Trump initially laid out ends on March 30. For example, the elderly or those with underlying health issues could be asked to remain in isolation, while healthier people would be encouraged to return to work. The guidelines could vary geographically, per CNN. More specifically, the White House could lift federal guidelines but allow states to act on their own.
  • Quarantine lite: At the Week, Joel Mathis thinks a “quasi-quarantine”—somewhere in the middle of the two opposing camps—is in our future. In reality, “shelter in place” orders can’t last too long, he writes. But “it is still possible to maintain some level of social distancing and other healthy practices under such circumstances,” he adds, citing a friend’s Shanghai photos of a rooftop dinner party in which everyone was wearing safety masks.
  • Key advisers: “Remember that Trump has no public health professionals in his circle of informal advisers,” writes Jonathan Swan at Axios. “Those are not his go-to calls when he’s in the residence late at night. They’re all business or media folks.”
  • 2 voices: Reaction to the idea isn’t breaking down the way you might expect. Trump supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, tweeted that Trump should listen to health experts, not economic ones. “There is no functioning economy unless we control the virus,” he warned. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a frequent Trump critic, sounded closer to Trump’s line of thinking. “You can’t stop the economy forever,” he said Monday. “So we have to start to think about does everyone stay out of work? Should young people go back to work sooner? Can we test for those who had the virus, resolved, and are now immune and can they start to go back to work?”

We should be very afraid of this man as much as this virus…..

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Medicare For All (Again)

As the 2020 election gets ready for the kickoff…..and the debate of importance is that of health care….the topic that effects ALL Americans…..I have tried to keep my readers abreast of the debate about Medicare For All there is even BS being spread by centrists and the MSM to make it a non-starter….

My thoughts on Medicare For All……

https://lobotero.com/2019/03/04/medicare-for-all/

https://lobotero.com/2019/10/28/can-we-afford-medicare-for-all/

More information has come to light this from the Journal of Internal Medicine…..

Insurers and healthcare providers in the United States spent a staggering $812 billion on paperwork and other administrative burdens in 2017 alone, bureaucratic costs that could be dramatically reduced by switching to a single-payer system like Medicare for All.

That’s according to a study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, which found that administrative costs amounted to 34.2 percent of total U.S. national health expenditures in 2017—twice the amount Canada spent on healthcare administration that same year.

The study’s authors noted that U.S. healthcare providers impose “a hidden surcharge” on patients “to cover their costly administrative burden.” U.S. insurers and providers spent $2,497 per person on healthcare administration in 2017 while Canada spent just $551 per capita, the study found.

“The average American is paying more than $2,000 a year for useless bureaucracy,” said Dr. David Himmelstein, lead author of the study and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). “That money could be spent for care if we had a Medicare for All program.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/07/study-shows-medicare-all-could-save-us-600-billion-annually-paperwork-and-other

Universal health care should be already part of the social fabric of this country…..time to make known all those Congresspeople that are on the payroll of the Health industry…..I feel that would be very telling.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/15/analysis-30-years-single-payer-research-shows-medicare-all-would-absolutely-save-us

Then there is the medical professions who are set to support Medicare For All…..

The fight for Medicare for All received a two-handed boost from tens of thousands of doctors on Monday when the American College of Physicians—in a move described as a “seachange for the medical professions”—officially endorsed a single-payer system as among only one of two possible ways to improve the nation’s healthcare woes.

Representing 159,000 doctors of internal medicine nationwide, the ACP is the largest medical specialty society and second-largest physician group in the country overall after the American Medical Association (AMA).

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/20/historic-shift-second-largest-physicians-group-us-has-new-prescription-its-medicare

You have heard the silly agrument about your private insurance, right?

Well it seems that that argument is only in the minds of those that are controlled by the industry…..

The for-profit U.S. healthcare system is so broken that a growing number of people who are fortunate enough to have private insurance coverage are still unable to afford doctor visits and other essential services due to soaring costs—leaving a larger number of Americans with unmet medical needs today than there were two decades ago.

That’s a central finding of a new study by Harvard University researchers published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Internal Medicine, examining 20 years of government data between 1998 and 2017.

The study found that despite a major expansion of insurance coverage in the U.S. during that period—most significantly through the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA)—”most measures of unmet need for physician services have shown no improvement, and financial access to physician services has decreased.” The study’s authors noted that the rise of “narrow networks, high-deductible plans, and higher co-pays” has contributed to the growth of unmet medical needs in the U.S. since the 1990s.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/27/medicare-all-what-patients-need-new-harvard-study-shows-even-those-private-insurance

Slogans and spin are all the opponents have…..the people want good health care…..PERIOD!

And here is how it will be funded….the fact sheet from Bernie……fact sheet.

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Closing Thought For A Saturday

Veterans get screwed again!

The VA has been getting some bad press lately and unfortunately it just got worse.

A US Office of Special Counsel report based on complaints from three whistleblowers was sent to President Trump Wednesday, exposing scheduling and staffing issues at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis that led to a delay in medical care for veterans. While the center says it has since remedied those issues, one such delay led to a mistake called “unconscionable”: A veteran didn’t receive the at-home care he needed, and ended up losing his leg as a result, per the Indianapolis Star. The report details what happened in June 2017 after the veteran was discharged from the center following treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis and an ulcerated foot abscess. Someone was supposed to come to his home to change his bandages; when that assistance got delayed, his foot became infected, leading to an amputation below the knee.

“It is unconscionable that after serving his country, a veteran lost his limb not on the battlefield, but because of mistakes made by the agency entrusted to take care of him,” special counsel Henry J. Kerner says in his letter. Department of Veterans Affairs investigators found the unnamed chief and assistant chief of social work services at the center had told social workers to stop entering home consults into patient records because they felt it was “outside the social workers’ scope of practice.” In a letter last August sent to Kerner and seen by Task & Purpose, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie agreed with the investigators’ findings, noting the alleged issues led to a “system breakdown.” A rep for the VA center told the Star they’ll address the special counsel’s report in a statement

This goes to Trump? Will he read it? Will he do something to fix the VA? Or will he do what he always does…..NOTHING?

There Is Always A Health Plan

I have written about several health plans that others are suggesting would make health costs more affordable.  This one is from the CEO of Whole Foods, Inc:

Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs). The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems.

Equalize the tax laws so that that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.

• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.

• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.

• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor’s visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?

• Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.

• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Mr. Mackey has a plan and according to him the plan that he uses for his employees is very satisfying and good way to travel.  My problem with his plan is that it sounds a lot like the plan the the GOP came up with, then abandoned and the same plan as that of Dr. Arthur Laffer, the conservative’s favorite economist, the father of the Laffer Curve theory.

read over his plan and see if that the tort reform, the HSAs, the tax cuts and the forecast of Medicare’s failure in the near future does not sound familiar.  It should…it is Republican all the way.  His biggest asrgument is that health care is a service not a right.


The Real Health Care Story

The debate is heating up over health care….Dems have a plan….Repubs….as usual have nothing to offer in opposition.

I received this in an email from a friend in Oregon.  The exerpt was from a piece written by Patrick Martin.

President Obama’s Saturday address initiated the public phase of his administration’s effort to pass major healthcare legislation. His remarks were notable for the absence of any reference to the actual crisis facing tens of millions of working people in the United States: more than 47 million people are living without health insurance, and millions more are underinsured and face crippling bills and even bankruptcy in the event of a serious illness.

Instead, Obama focused entirely on the rising cost of healthcare, which he presented as a major problem both for the federal government, the largest single payer of healthcare bills, and for corporate America. He declared, “The soaring costs of health care make our current course unsustainable” and pledged to heed concerns “that the ballooning costs of Medicare and Medicaid could lead to fiscal catastrophe down the road.” In other words, the administration is concerned, not about improving healthcare services for the American people, but about cutting costs in order to improve the financial health of American capitalism.

The Obama administration has already ruled out the only rational response to the crisis of healthcare availability: the establishment of a single-payer system in which the federal government would guarantee universal access to healthcare as a matter of right. Every other advanced industrialized country has some form of universal coverage. But such a system would eliminate the tens of billions raked in by insurance companies whose “business model” requires that they limit coverage, deny treatment or reject bills—in other words, it would infringe on the “right” of MetLife, Aetna, CIGNA and other giant corporations to make a profit from illness and disease.

So far the debate has offered nothing, in my opinion, that would actually help the average person…the debate continues….we will see.

Health Care: An Info Ink Op-Ed

WARNING:  This post maybe offensive!

From time to time we at Info Ink like to get angry and vent a bit–this is such a case and be warned that some may find the post a bit offensive.

President Obama praised the healthcare industry’s promise to cut $2 trillion in costs over 10 years, but lawmakers and economists questioned how much it really helps in coming up with a solution for the millions of uninsured.

It’s “a watershed event in the long and elusive quest for healthcare reform,” Obama declared at the White House with representatives of the insurance industry, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and a top labor union at his side.

It is damn funny that after fighting any reform for more than a decade, that these a/holes have seen the light and want to do the right thing.  It is all so much horseshit!  These dick wads are running sacred and are trying to head off any real reform at the pass.

And why the f*ck is single payer people not represented in the discussion?  Reform is the word of the day…..a reform is much more preferable than real change?  Why?  Reform can be overthrown in the future and it is a short term fix at best.

I am disappointed in the president so far on the health care issue.

Several lawmakers made clear that the industry proposal would do nothing to stave off the outcome health insurers and others are trying to avoid – a new government insurance plan that would be available to middle-income Americans. Health insurers say such a plan would drive them out of business.

“This commitment to cost-cutting is a good-faith gesture by the healthcare industry, but it does not mitigate the need for a public plan option in the upcoming reform bill,” said Senator Charles Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that’s writing a health reform bill.

How will cutting costs over the next several years make more people insured?  Just how goddamn stupid do they think we are?

The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, called the announcement a “move in the right direction,” but said it would be more significant if the Congressional Budget Office, Washington’s arbiter of what costs or saves money for the government, determined it saved money.  This right here should illustrate just how bogus this offer is…..When a dickhead like Grassley says it is a good move, then that should tell everyone that there is nothing new or reforming about the offer.

AS it stands right now, none of this crap is gonna make people more insured…it is still a system of profit that has been in place for way too damn long.  The winners will be the industry, the losers, as usual, will be the people.