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      This is what is desperately needed. An open discussion and a hard look at Universal Healthcare or as otherwise known, Medicare for all. Already the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that Medicare for all would have substantial savings over a ten year period. As of now ACA is barely holding on as the Republicans continue to chip away at the program and remove funding from different parts of the program.



      One of the major complaints by people is their concern about keeping their doctors. How many people right now are part of an HMO program or an Advantage program where the insurance company limits one's choices of doctors and hospitals? Where is the choice in those programs? I personally joined an Advantage program one year and received a booklet that had a listing of hospitals and doctors in my area from which I can choose. (I live in Chicago and none of the best hospitals like University of Chicago, Northwestern Hospital or Rush Medical was on the list. Just a bunch of smaller 2nd rate hospitals.) First of all you have to choose a primary doctor who will check you and and make recommendations as to which specialist you will see. Within a week of joining an advantage program I called up a doctor to be my primary doctor who was listed in the book given to me by the insurance company to find out he no longer was in the program. Then I decided to call a hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital near where I live which was listed in the insurance booklet to get a recommendation for a primary doctor. Guess what? The hospital was no longer in the program. WTF? I gave up and weathered out the flu without any medication and relied upon soup, orange juice and plenty of rest.


      I am glad that the Democrats have taken it upon themselves to not only start talking about Universal Healthcare but also to start investigating implementing the program and to look to see how it can be funded. To all those nay sayers within the Party. Good luck keeping your job when the majority of people would like to move in the direction of medicare for all.


      By the way, drug prices are going to rise about 6% in 2019 including generic drugs. Also, I just got my drug plan booklet for 2019 and noticed a few drugs stopped being covered and some co-pays went up.


      https://www.investopedia.com/drug-prices-set-to-ri...


      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/medicare-for-...


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          Richard Caslon
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          I can't find a single article stating that the CBO has scored Medicare For All and that there would be substantial savings over 10 years. All I can find are articles stating that CBO will not score MFA because there isn't any chance of it passing. Do you have another source I haven't found?

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                  Sorry for your experience in Chicago. I don’t know if you experience was caused by a poor plan that may not have had a good Doctor and Hospital network in Chicago ....but had some good salesmen. I have a Humana plan here in Orlando and have had no problem with finding a qualified Doctors and it provides coverage in the two major hospital chains in the area. My wife went in for flu like symptoms and got a test to confirm it was not the flu and three prescriptions for various things that cost $17 at Walmart. He also recommended lots of vitamin C and a product called 'Emergen-C' which is a powered 1000mg vitamin C that you drink.


                  Thank you for starting this discussion again...it is a very important one. Both Democrats and Republicans for the last 65+years have tried in one way or another to address this issue. The AMA, hospitals and drug companies have powerful lobbyist that are hard to overcome. In excess of 70% of people have health insurance through their employer. The very poor families are covered by Medicaid. (or in some states medicaid expansion plans) The people who had a problem were those that didn't qualify for premium assistance programs that help pay for the premium and the high deductible. For most a $5K deductible was the same thing as no have having healthcare.

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                      derfallbright
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                      I ended up going with a Blue Cross Blue Shield Medigap plan and got rid of UHC and just in time because I ended up needing surgery just after my switch to BCBS and had the doctor and hospital of my choosing.

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                          Richard Caslon
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                          I forgot! This guy claimed he helped distribute pharma drugs and he claimed certain areas of the US are paying through the roof while other areas pay as much as half less. It depends on which insurance you have too. Certain insurance companies are clustered into areas of the US. Same for Medicare too.

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                              Richard Caslon
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                              It has already been proven that drug companies spend more money on advertising than they do on research. It has also been proven that Republicans don't watch many of the issues on tv. Maybe they think they know it all who knows.


                              So shaming those at the top on the republican side and giving them facts may work only if you can get their attention long enough to show them what is actually happening in the public sector. But you have to have facts and sources.

                              If by chance they don't listen then you go after them with all you have when they are up for re-election with all the facts they were given and they ignored. The you shame the hell out of them.


                              I say go after the top Republicans the ones with loud mouths every time they disagree or block which is regularly.

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                                  Ghostolini
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                                  Top Republicans? To me they are all one and the same. There is no leadership whatsoever in the Republican Party. They are all Trump's flunkies. Ryan was a joke and McConnell is totally worthless. Oh how I would like to see McConnell gone. He hasn't done a damn thing in the past 1o years except to impede any progress we tried to make on behalf of the people.


                                  Thank you for the s/s

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