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Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians oppose your health.

The US has a for-profit health care system that does not work for the people or their health, but for the CEOs and shareholders of insurance corporations.

The skyrocketing cost of healthcare before and after Obamacare shows how completely ineffective that ACA was in making the broken system one bit better.

The ONLY thing that changed is that now: we are all forced to buy it.

Ventolin and Proventil are two medications that I use to breathe. So my ability to breathe is less important than the profits of my health care insurer?

In the US under Obamacare that is EXACTLY the case.
Starting in 2017: if I want to breathe: I will have to either find my medicine online without a prescription or go to Mexico because all who are stuck with for-profit insurance in the US: what medicines that we are prescribed is decided by our insurance companies instead of our doctors.

40+ Drugs to Be Dropped By Insurance

However Medicare: the single payer health care industry is UNAFFECTED by this as Medicare is a government run health care that will provide whatever medications that our doctor prescribes, though the patients will have to pay for the medications out of their own pockets.
http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/consumer-alert-hundreds-of-drugs-dropped-from-some-prescription-plans-780070467506

 

This is called profits over people.
This is why Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans are the enemy of ALL people.
This is why Hillary, Trump, Obama, the Democrat Party and the GOP are all the WRONG choice for you, me or anyone else.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/25/463809474/fight-to-lower-drug-prices-forces-some-to-switch-medication

If you vote for Hillary OR Trump: you are voting to not have actual health care.  What you get is a theft, a robbery, under the guise of being health care.
But it is neither about health nor about care.  It is about profit and only profit.

Lets look at this so-called health care “plan” by Hillary:

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/

As president, Hillary will:

  • Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million people.Hillary will stand up to Republican-led attacks on this landmark law—and build on its success to bring the promise of affordable health care to more people and make a “public option” possible. She will also support letting people over 55 years old buy into Medicare.
  • Bring down out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles. American families are being squeezed by rising out-of-pocket health care costs. Hillary believes that workers should share in slower growth of national health care spending through lower costs.
  • Reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Prescription drug spending accelerated from 2.5 percent in 2013 to 12.6 percent in 2014. It’s no wonder that almost three-quarters of Americans believe prescription drug costs are unreasonable. Hillary believes we need to demand lower drug costs for hardworking families and seniors. Read more here
  • Protect consumers from unjustified prescription drug price increases from companies that market long-standing, life-saving treatments and face little or no competition. Hillary’s plan includes new enforcement tools that make drug alternatives available and increase competition, broaden emergency access to high-quality treatments from developed countries with strong safety standards, and hold drug companies accountable for unjustified price increases with new penalties. Read more here.
  • Fight for health insurance for the lowest-income Americans in every state by incentivizing states to expand Medicaid—and make enrollment through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act easier.
  • Expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status. Hillary will expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status by allowing families to buy health insurance on the health exchanges regardless of their immigration status.
  • Expand access to rural Americans, who often have difficulty finding quality, affordable health care. Hillary will explore cost-effective ways to make more health care providers eligible for telehealth reimbursement under Medicare and other programs, including federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.
  • Defend access to reproductive health care. Hillary will work to ensure that all women have access to preventive care, affordable contraception, and safe and legal abortion.
  • Double funding for community health centers, and support the healthcare workforce: As part of her comprehensive health care agenda, Hillary is committed to doubling the funding for primary-care services at community health centers over the next decade. Hillary also supports President Obama’s call for a near tripling of the size of the National Health Service Corps.

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What is this?  It is smoke and mirrors, it is NOT health care and it does not care or address the problems.
None of this forces insurance companies to let the doctor decide what medications are appropriate.
This does not address the fact that the problem is that the for-profit health care system is not about health or about care, it is ONLY about profit and not one thing more.

You want to see what a REAL health care plan looks like?
Something about health and care, NOT about profit?

http://www.gp.org/social_justice_2016/#sjHealthCare

F. Health Care

The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.

Our current health care system lets tens of thousands of people die each year by excluding them from adequate care, while its exorbitant costs are crippling our economy. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system.

Under a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health care system, the administrative waste of private insurance corporations would be redirected to patient care. If the United States were to shift to a system of universal coverage and a single payer plan, as in Canada and many European countries, the savings in administrative costs would be more than enough to offset the cost of additional care. Expenses for businesses currently providing coverage would be reduced, while state and local governments would pay less because they would receive reimbursement for services provided to the previously uninsured, and because public programs would cease to be the “dumping ground” for high-risk patients and those rejected by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) when they become disabled and unemployed. In addition, people would gain the peace of mind in knowing that they have health care they need. No longer would people have to worry about the prospect of financial ruin if they become seriously ill, are laid off their jobs, or are injured in an accident.

The Green Party supports a wide range of health care services, including conventional medicine, as well as the teaching, funding and practice of complementary, integrative and licensed alternative health care approaches.

Greens recognize that our own health is also intimately tied to the health of our communities and environment. To improve our own health, we must improve the quality of our air, water and food and the health of our workplaces, homes and schools.

The Green Party unequivocally supports a woman’s right to reproductive choice, no matter her marital status or age, and that contraception and safe, legal abortion procedures be available on demand and be included in all health insurance coverage in the U.S., as well as free of charge in any state where a woman’s income falls below the poverty level. [See section A.1. Women’s Rights in this chapter]

We recommend the following actions:

1. Single-Payer Health Care

Enact a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health plan that will provide the following with no increase in cost:

  1. A publicly funded health care insurance program, administered at the state and local levels, with comprehensive lifetime benefits, including dental, vision, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, medication coverage, and hospice and long-term care;
  2. Participation of all licensed and/or certified health providers, subject to standards of practice in their field, with the freedom of patients to choose the type of health care provider from a wide range of health care choices, and with decision-making in the hands of patients and their health providers, not insurance companies;
  3. Portability of coverage regardless of geographical location or employment;
  4. Cost controls via streamlined administration, national fee schedules, bulk purchases of drugs and medical equipment, coordination of capital expenditures and publicly negotiated prices of medications;
  5. Primary and preventive care as priorities, including wellness education about diet, nutrition and exercise; holistic health; and medical marijuana.
  6. More comprehensive services for those who have special needs, including the mentally ill, the differently abled and those who are terminally ill;
  7. A mental health care system that safeguards human dignity, respects individual autonomy, and protects informed consent;
  8. Greatly reduced paperwork for both patients and providers;
  9. Fair and full reimbursement to providers for their services;
  10. Hospitals that can afford safe and adequate staffing levels of registered nurses;
  11. Establishment of national, state, and local health policy boards consisting of health consumers and providers to oversee and evaluate the performance of the system, ensure access to care, and help determine research priorities; and
  12. Establishment of a National Health Trust Fund that would channel all current Federal payments for health care programs directly into the Fund, in addition to employees’ health premium payments.

2. AIDS / HIV

The Green Party calls for comprehensive, humane, and competent care of all people with AIDS/HIV.

An all-out campaign must be waged against AIDS/ HIV and other blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis. The AIDS epidemic has not been adequately addressed at the local, state, federal, or international levels. All people in all countries, including those with AIDS/HIV, have a right to medical care, protection from discrimination, and confidentiality. Drug corporations have a strong profit motivation to make this disease a manageable one (like diabetes) with guaranteed sales of very expensive drugs, in the billions of dollars every year. Drug companies have not emphasized research that targets a cure. While new drugs have dramatically saved lives, many have side effects so debilitating that the quality of life is poor, if not intolerable during the extended lifetime of the patient. But even these need to be produced generically to stop the devastation resulting from corporate refusal to provide these drugs to the millions dying throughout the world who cannot afford these basic lifesaving drugs. Drug researchers should have a cure for AIDS as their ultimate goal.

We recommend the following actions:

  1. Increased funding for AIDS education and patient care.
  2. Increased funding for comprehensive sex education that includes AIDS education.
  3. Increased funding for research focusing on a cure, methods of prevention, and on bolstering the immune system.
  4. Improved technology, facilities, laboratories, researchers, staff and personnel to cure AIDS/HIV. A “Manhattan Project” for a cure is required.
  5. Complete sharing of information among researchers, funding agencies (including corporations), and the public on AIDS/HIV before awarding the next research grant.
  6. More research into better methods of prevention of HIV infection. While we support condom use, better condoms are also required. We support more vaccine research as well as research on prevention methods such as microbicides. People must be provided the means and support to protect themselves from all sexually transmitted diseases.
  7. Equal access to AIDS education, treatment and medications for all affected. Accordingly, funding and accountability should be increased.
  8. Allowing all prisoners affected with AIDS/HIV in all countries to have the same access as free citizens to education, treatment, preventive measures (including condom use), and medical care.
  9. A uniform international definition of AIDS.
  10. Protecting the confidentiality of all people diagnosed with AIDS/HIV or tested for HIV.
  11. More careful and timely approval of effective AIDS drugs by the FDA.
  12. Production of affordable and available versions of patented medicines in all countries.
  13. Targeting the young for age-appropriate education about AIDS/HIV and appropriate methods of prevention. We support sex education and the distribution of condoms in schools.
  14. Prevention awareness and access to condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. We condemn HIV-related discrimination.
  15. Make drug treatment and other programs available for all addicts who seek help.
  16. Expand clinical trials for treatments and vaccines.
  17. Speed-up the FDA drug approval process.
  18. Providing housing for homeless and poor people with AIDS/HIV.
  19. Providing treatment for homeless people with AIDS/ HIV.
  20. Support for needle exchange programs and for programs to help drug addicts.
  21. No mandatory screening for AIDS/HIV; anonymous screening must be available.
  22. Lifting the ban prohibiting HIV positive people from entering the U.S. as visitors or as immigrants.

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Just an engineer trying to improve the world around me by sharing thoughts, musings and observations.

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