Dems Push Pelosi for Single-Payer Health Care After AHCA Fails

Local public radio station KQED reported:

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“I extend my hand to the president if he wants to improve the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi told a crowd of several hundred people gathered at a town hall meeting at Balboa High School in San Francisco.

The first audience question was more of a long argument for a socialized health system that some are calling “Medicare for all,” which would eliminate insurance companies.

Pelosi, unruffled by the at times unruly crowd, noted: “I supported single payer since before you were born.”

Full article: Dems Push Pelosi for Single-Payer Health Care After AHCA Fails – Breitbart

It doesn’t need to be improved. And not repealing it is not a “win” for this country, Hillary Clinton and everyone else on the left.

Sit down, let’s talk a minute.

So this year, I did the unthinkable. I actually bought insurance through the marketplace. I didn’t have a choice. I am trying to start up a small business right now, and I didn’t have insurance last year, so my taxes really hit me in the gut. I managed to avoid the tax penalty, to be fair. But I don’t know how much longer that will last. I avoided it because my state didn’t expand Medicaid. We have a new governor now, so that could change, meaning next year my taxes would be devastating.

My experience? Well, I have been out of work for a while, so my income was listed at very low rates (I have had some contract work, but nothing steady). I didn’t qualify for a subsidy. Which is fine. I don’t expect you to pay for my health coverage; I don’t want you to! And since I am starting a business now, I don’t know what that would do to my insurance anyway if the business picks up in a few months.

I got my card and my insurance was active as of March 1. So I decided to make some appointments. I needed to visit an Oby/gyn (for those who weren’t aware, yes, I am a female). It’s been a few years, and the doctor I had gone to before had retired, so I needed a new one.

Now, there was only one insurance company offering plans in my state, so I had to pick a plan from them. I have a mid-range plan. I went to their website to search for doctors who fit. Joy of joys, there were tons of Oby/gyns listed! I was overjoyed to see page after page of doctors to choose from, and I began comparing and contrasting. I chose one and was happy with my choice – a middle aged African-American woman who graduated from a really good school and has been practicing for twenty years. I was thrilled with my choice. Picking an Oby/gyn isn’t easy. We all hate them. But this woman just seemed… OK. I don’t know how to describe it, she just felt like the perfect doctor, someone I could get comfortable with, which is important to someone like me. I don’t get real cozy with doctors easily, especially doctors that have to go into my private areas for exams, because that isn’t an area I let a whole lot of people examine!

Just as I was about to hit send to make the appointment, a notice popped up saying that they were out of network. What? I thought the search I did showed me doctors who were in network only. Nope! I went back through to find another doctor because I need them to be in network; out of network was just too unaffordable, and I have some problems with my lady bits that could require a hospital stay at some point in my life, so I have to keep costs down.

Folks. I went through page after page after page of doctors. I opened up pages for 40 doctors. Only one of them accepted my insurance. I was floored. There was no choice there. I had only one option.

Curious, I began searching around in other areas for other doctors. It’s a good thing I don’t have mental health issues, because there isn’t a single psychologist or psychiatrist who takes my insurance within 100 miles of my home. There is one eye doctor. Four primary care doctors. Etc.

Basically, the government told me I have to be insured or pay a fine. So now I am paying $500 a month for insurance that very few doctors within 100 miles of my house actually takes (and my area is extremely doctor heavy). I’m really not sure this even worth my time.

I know Obamacare was designed this way to fail so an entitlement was created, but people would scream for single payer. Do you want to know how single payer would work out? Go to your DMV. That’s how it would work out. Better yet, go to your local VA! Those waiting lists never got handled. Heck, when my dad – a combat veteran from the Vietnam War – was diagnosed with cancer, he was told our local VA wasn’t set up to do cancer treatments. I had to get a damn senator involved! And suddenly – miracle of miracles – they were able to treat cancer patients on sight (and believe me, Senator Burr had to do some work to get it to that point, this was a long standing issue, to the point that I felt I needed to send Senator Burr a letter when my father passed away so he’d know)! Imagine that! Remember that story not long ago where the people took pictures of the guy laying on the floor in the VA and the other guy in the wheelchair crying in pain? That was my dad’s VA! That’s the one he used. My father was also on Medicare at the time. Do you know Medicare doesn’t cover cancer treatment? Not at all! He had to pay for chemo and radiation out of pocket and with the help of a grant my mom applied for. That, folks, is your government run healthcare.

So do I support single payer? Not on your damn life! Repeal the damn thing!

House GOP Leaders Pull Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Bill Off Floor Again

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CNN reported that the bill was pulled at President Donald Trump’s request despite earlier reports that the President wanted a vote—whether or not the bill had the votes to pass. Later reports indicated it was Ryan who urged Trump that the bill needed to be pulled. It was unclear as of Friday afternoon who was ultimately responsible for the decision to pull the bill.

The vote was previously scheduled for Thursday evening, but was canceled within hours of the White House assuring that there would be a vote.

Full article: House GOP Leaders Pull Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Bill Off Floor Again – Breitbart

Direct primary care, a no-insurance healthcare model

How direct primary care works

Dr. J. Bryan Hill with one of his patients. Courtesy Dr. J Bryan Hill

For Brent Long and his family, paying for healthcare is now like paying a cellphone bill. Since they joined Black Bag Family Healthcare in Johnson City, Tennessee, about two years ago, the family has paid about $150 a month to belong to the practice.

Long joined around the time he was shifting his insurance to a high-deductible health plan. There were two reasons he decided to switch and start paying for all six members of his family to get direct primary care: the cost-effectiveness of not having to deal with copays or urgent-care visits, and the fact that it could easily fit his family’s busy lifestyle that doesn’t jibe with spending hours in waiting rooms.

Included in that monthly fee are basic checkups, same-day or next-day appointments, and — a big boon to patients — the ability to obtain medications and lab tests at or near wholesale prices.

Direct primary care also comes with near-constant access to a doctor — talking via FaceTime while the family is on vacation, or taking an emergency trip to the office to get stitches after a bad fall on a Saturday night. Because direct primary care doesn’t take insurance, there are no copays and no costs beyond the monthly fee.

Full article: Direct primary care, a no-insurance healthcare model – Business Insider

OMG This is Actually Happening!

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I have to admit, when this link showed up in my feed, I saw the title and pics of Bernie and Ted, and I immediately thought, “Cage match?!”

But this could be an interesting watch.

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Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.

Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

Full article: Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan – The Washington Post

I’m not going to jump to any conclusions, and I am going to hope for the best here, but I am always suspicious of government involvement in things I think should be a private matter. I have no issues with things like medicaid and medicare, but I don’t like the idea of paying a fine for not being able to afford the insurance (I’m currently out of work and can’t afford Obamacare… so I’ve got a hefty fine that’s going to hit me in the taxes when I file for the contract jobs I took this year; it’s most likely going to be more than I made at those contract jobs, and possibly more than I have to my name).

But I also hope he isn’t going to lean toward single payer, either. That is way more government intervention than any of us want. And if he goes that way, he’ll be a one term president.

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VA Employees Left Vet’s Dead Body In A Shower For Nine Hours

Employees at the Bay Pines VA medical center dropped off a veteran’s dead body in a shower and let it sit there for nine hours, before trying to cover up that they had done anything wrong.

According to a 24-page April investigation by the hospital in Florida, staff broke VA regulations by “failing to provide appropriate post mortem care” back in February when the incident took place, Tampa Bay Times reports.

After the veteran’s death, staff decided told the transporter to move the body to the morgue, who then told them to talk to dispatchers instead according to proper procedure. But staff never made that request to the dispatchers, and so no one ever showed up to take the body away.

To try to get rid of the body, staff moved it into a hallway and then to a shower room, where it remained for a total of nine hours.

The report notes that the investigative effort was slowed by false reports of what had actually happened. Staff lied in an effort to cover up their tracks.

Full article: VA Employees Left Vet’s Dead Body In A Shower For Nine Hours | The Daily Caller

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Memphis, Nashville, Murfreesboro VA centers rank at bottom on VA’s 5-star scale

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Shortly after the latest interim director for the Memphis VA Medical Center arrived this fall, he didn’t hide the fact that Memphis is a “one-star facility,” among the agency’s worst performing centers in the nation.

While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not publicly share its hospital performance ratings,  a list obtained by USA Today shows the Memphis VA center is not alone at the bottom of the ratings. Tennessee is a hot spot for VA medical centers rated only a single star on the five-star ranking used to guide improvements.

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System with campuses in Nashville and Murfreesboro also rates only one star.

In contrast, the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City is a four-star facility, based on more than two dozen measures of quality, ranging from hospital death rates to avoidable complications and patient satisfaction.

Both advocates and critics of the federal health care system for veterans point to leadership as a major factor in medical center performance. The Memphis center assisted more than 68,000 veterans last year while the Tennessee Valley System saw 96,600.

Full article: Memphis, Nashville, Murfreesboro VA centers rank at bottom on VA’s 5-star scale

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