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If you are like me and don’t like talking on the phone, here’s a really easy way to get a message to your members of Congress! It’s called ResistBot. Text ‘Resist’ to 50409 and follow the instructions. It’s really simple, and quick! I did it in about 10 minutes, but it could take 5 for some people. I sent a fax to each of my Senators, and tomorrow ResistBot is going to text me a reminder to send a fax to my Representatives!

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In news coverage of the GOP health care bill, outlets should be asking how in the hell they justify premium hikes for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence – all considered pre-existing conditions under the AHCA.

Turns out I can’t get the new medication my doctor prescribed to help with bladder spasms. It’s over one hundred dollars a month.

This is the third medication in four months that I’ve been prescribed that cost over one hundred dollars a month. The third medication I’ve been excited to try to improve my quality of life and had to walk away empty handed.

These medications are to help improve my organs that are no longer working. I need these medicines to function and I can’t get them. I have looked into every coupon and sponser programs and still can’t afford them. All of the meds were still well over fifty dollars.

I partially blame my doctors for prescribing these new medications way out of my price range. They can see I’m on twelve different monthly scripts. That’s a high cost even if they are affordable. But America’s healthcareand pharmaceutical systems are the real culprits.

They’re robbing sick patients of important medications to help them live to fill their own pockets and it’s beyond frustrating. I have to pick and choose what crucial medications I can actually get because I can’t afford them. It’s not fair to patients to extort us for so much money over necessary medications. It’s not fair.

Message: THE HOUSE HAS ACTUALLY VOTED TO REPEAL OBAMACARE MORE THAN ONCE UNDER OBAMA.

Breathe.  And then get on the phone with your Senator.

Y'all, this is not the first time that the House has passed a measure to repeal Obamacare. They did it more than once under Obama because there were enough Republicans in the House to do so. If you really want to stop this repeal, call those Moderate Republicans ***IN THE SENATE*** who said during the last effort to repeal Obamacare that they would vote “no” if it got out of the House and into the Senate. Make sure they’re still going to vote “no.” There are quite a few measures that make it out of the House and fail in the Senate because the House is made up of more reactionary, less pragmatic politicians than the Senate, who are career folks always thinking about the next reelection.

The only difference between now and the other times this repeal has passed the House vote is the fact that the repeal only needs a simple majority in the Senate (51 votes) instead of the 2/3rds majority (60 votes) previously required because the repeal has been attached to a budget reconciliation measure that can’t be filibustered (thanks to a shady piece of legislation passed in January).

Point is, don’t throw your hands up, and if you’re really upset, go get on the phone. There is still a better than fair chance that the Senate will toss this repeal, but they need to be reminded of what’s at stake for the country and (more important to them) their political careers.

f-van-lieshout  asked:

Hey Wayfaring! I wanted to ask, how come doctors earn so much money if healthcare is so cheap? It is like this where I live, not sure about the US but it mustn't be that different right? I'm just curious. Greetings from the Netherlands

I don’t know how the healthcare system in the Netherlands works AT ALL, but let’s get one thing straight about the US: healthcare is NOT cheap here. 

AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 101:

  • Healthcare in the US is more expensive than anywhere else in the world
  • We believe the lie that we have the best healthcare in the world. Our rates of obesity, premature birth, maternal/fetal mortality, and life expectancy all point to the fact that we are way behind other developed nations. 
  • College and graduate medical education in the US is more expensive than anywhere else in the world.
  • Salaries are high because costs are high, but cost of education is rapidly rising and wages are not keeping up.
  • Physicians in the US have one of the best paying jobs in the country.
  • Only about 20% of the money spent on healthcare in the US goes toward physician salaries
  • We have way more specialists than we need and we have way less primary care doctors than we need.
  • We have approximately 2.5 doctors per 1000 people in this country, which is way under what we need. Numbers for nurses are similarly low.
  • Healthcare in the US is treated as a business rather than a service. Thus patients are seen as customers and healthcare is becoming more about patient satisfaction rather than delivering quality care. 
  • Doctors’ salaries are often based on how many patients they see or how many procedures they do. 
  • Though doctors do make a lot of money, remember that they also pay a ton out of that salary in taxes, student loan payments, professional fees, and licensing requirements. 
  • Doctors work hours unlike most other careers and are not paid on the basis of their time. Most other jobs have limited hours and lengths of shifts, whereas doctors routinely work 60-80+ hours a week (yes, even past residency).
  • Reimbursement for services is a very complicated system in the US. It’s based on how complex the care is that’s being given, and procedures are valued higher than chronic illness management. Doctors/hospitals can theoretically charge whatever they want for their services, but how much money they actually get is based on what the insurance companies and Medicaid and Medicare are willing to pay. 

@able bodied people, yes it’s nauseating to call sexual assault or childbirth a preexisting condition. I’m saying this as an assault survivor. But please don’t take away from the danger of people with medical conditions and disabilities that are actually preexisting conditions. We are in serious danger. So are sexual assault survivors and moms. So please don’t forget us disabled and ill Americans, include everyone in your activism.

TRUMP CARE. LIKE TRUMP UNIVERSITY. BUT YOU DIE.

This is the banner I saw on a highway overpass on my way to work today and I fully support it. Idk what group, or person put it up but it was awesome to see. It really made my morning. Thank you.

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Speaker Paul Ryan’s office is conducting a phone poll, hoping to hear overwhelming opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Call (202) 225-0600.
- Press 2 to weigh in on the issue.
- You’ll hear a recording about the bill to repeal it, then Press 1 to support continuing the ACA (or 2 if you oppose).
You can also leave a message at the end if you want.
It takes less than 2 minutes.
Resist.

This is especially great for people with anxiety about talking on the phone. You don’t have to interact with anyone.

I’m seeing healthy, class privileged people who should know better telling people to calm down about what just happened in the US House.

What is a pre-existing condition? It’s anything an insurer can use to claim you pose a higher risk to their profitability. It’s class transformed into calculus, basically. The more status you have, the less you’ll pay. Now, the US right wing will claim is that, as things stand, healthy people will be forced to pay more because they are paying for the care of sicker people. (Of course, this is the original objective of insurance: shared risk.) Why should healthy people pay more? is the question being asked. The question is grotesque individualist garbage. The rhetoric behind it is the class warfare wedge capitalists (owners and bureaucrats who support them) will use to get ordinary Americans to support high-risk pools for people who have had health (mental and physical) problems. This means a woman who has had a C-section birth should pay more for her maternity care than a woman who has been able to deliver “naturally”. Or, it means a bipolar person or an assault victim, both who require special considerations while they receive any care, should pay more for the same care other people receive. Because they pose more of a financial risk to the insurer not because they pose more of a health risk to anybody else. Being healthy and able-bodied becomes yet another tool, like whiteness or wealth, to solidify class hierarchy.

The MacArthur Amendment that passed is not about kicking people off healthcare directly. It’s about giving people the choice to pay more or not to pay at all. It’s disgusting. And it’s ridiculous for elitists, in order to compose a quiet peace for their privileged lives (because you care more about peace than equity), to insist people stop worrying about something that is a very serious problem.

Sure, people won’t be kicked off insurance. They’ll be coerced into choosing not to be insured. I have no doubt that should the Democrats bargain with Republicans, they will make room for negotiations about risk that will injure poor people. Nancy Pelosi has already forecasted Democrats do not support healthcare as a right. American liberals see healthcare as a consumer issue, not as a human right.

When your neighbor needs help, you should help cover the costs of the help they seek and any care they receive. That’s the truth. That’s the right thing. And if we did this, all of us, everyday, the need for corporate interference in care would be greatly diminished, even in capitalism. Care would be cheap and it would be good.

Question: I know this is going to sound very naïve and probably stupid, but if the American Insurance companies aren’t going to cover anything, why have insurance at all? Why give them your money when they won’t do a damn thing for you when you need them? Aren’t you better off just saving the money you would have paid them in an emergency health fund for yourself?

I’m Jewish and I do not agree with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the Republicans are about to put into law.  Not only will it take healthcare away from 24,000,000 Americans, but it does not recognize preexisting conditions such as pregnancy, rape, depression, anxiety, autism, high cholesterol, ulcers, migraines, ADD, addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Leukemia, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke,Sleep Disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Eating Disorders, Blood Clot, Tuberculosis, Heart Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Sleep Apnea….

As a Jew, I believe that to “save a life, is to save the world” because all human beings are created “in the Image of God” (Gn. 1:27).

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