Today the “news” announced that 26 years olds (up from 23) can now be insured on their parents’ corporate insurance plans as of today. My daughter is 24. She can get back on my plan. Except my company plan has to have it’s annual “enrollment period” which lasts for 4 months. So I can enroll her now but she can’t be insured until January and that will only last for another year and a half. Meanwhile our rates have gone up 17%. For many they have gone up well over 30%.
But I want to let all the corporate insurance companies out there know how much I appreciate their compliance with the law to allow my daughter to have health care for another 18 months. After all, we all owe our very existence to the corporate insurance industry. It is only by their willingness to let us pay outlandish premiums that we may live yet another day, at least until we actually do get sick and they deny coverage.
We must all pull together and do whatever we can to make sure the insurance industry continues to make its record profits for shareholders. These people need jobs. God knows they aren’t capable of doing anything productive for society. It’s a small price to pay that so many will die (45,000 annually – 15 times 9/11) so that so few may live so lavishly. The few, the proud, the greedy, the shameful – the U.S. health insurance industry. Be proud and stand up for who you are.
- Fact: In 2009 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 46 million Americans did not have health insurance. That number was by then actually over 52 million and was reduced to 22 million with the passage of health care reform. But it has grown since then to 27 million and continues to grow. If the reform measures are repealed (as Republicans want) it will be back in the 55 to 60 million range.
- Fact: A 2009 Harvard University and Ohio University study concluded that 45,000 Americans die every year for lack of health care. That number is 15 times (every year) the number killed in 9/11.
- Fact: The number one cause of foreclosure in America in health care debt. In America if you want to live and be treated for a serious condition, you have to fork over your house or die.
- Fact: 62% of all bankruptcies in America are due to medical debt.
- Fact: 1% of Americans own more than half of America’s wealth. Obama refused to consider a single payer healthcare system that would decimate the health insurance industry because it represents (along with all the medical debt credit industry) one-sixth of our economy. But with 1% owning half the wealth, that one-sixth is really only very small percent of the population.
- Fact: A single payer system (Medicare for all) is the only way to fix the U.S. health care problem. As long as there is a for-profit health insurance industry in control of American’s health, only the very rich will be covered, and our medical debt and quality of health will continue to devolved.
- Fact: America ranks 37th in health care worldwide (based on infant mortality and longevity) – World Health Organization study.
- Fact: America ranks 52nd in heath care fairness – World Health Organization study. Cuba has better health care than the U.S. in terms of fairness.
- Fact: 39 other countries have universal healthcare coverage for all citizens. Many, even for those who aren’t citizens, but just visiting. Not so in America.
- Fact: America has the greatest health care technology, but only the rich can pay for it.
- Fact: Got Healthcare? Tough. This is America. Die.
is a 91 minute documentary of people in the streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 2009 fighting for healthcare reform. Despite the passage of the new health care law in March 2010, 22 million Americans remained uninsured. The people who fought for reform won a band aid on our healthcare system. Now Republicans vow to repeal the health care reform law. Insurance companies are raising their rates by strong double digit percentages. Health care in America can hardly get better under theses circumstances. A single payer system is the only viable solution. This film tells you why.
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9248149&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0Got Healthcare? official website