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jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/medical-bills-trauma/

Health care reform has dominated the Democratic primary race, but the debates have focused mainly on the choice of plans and providers, access to care, and medical debt. When administrative bloat comes up, it’s usually to point to the immense costs of processing claims. Too often the emotionally draining bureaucratic burden placed on patients and their families is overlooked. As DuBarry succinctly put it, “The bills are their own trauma.”

However intensely scrutinized the US health care system has been, the strain of navigating billing has been surprisingly unstudied. Perhaps in a system plagued by so many shocking statistics—our costs, mortality rates, and levels of debt and uninsurance are anomalously high relative to other developed countries—the exasperation of squabbling with insurance companies strikes researchers as petty. But that’s not how patients experience it. Over the years, people have told me stories about sobbing on the phone with claims adjusters countless times. I’ve heard patients describe breakdowns at pharmacies over insurance preauthorizations and, after they were too exhausted to keep trying, damaged credit scores.

It’s time we assess those costs. The elimination of medical bills that Medicare for All promises would represent not just a financial relief but also a psychological one.

jcitybone

One good thing that’s happening

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/coronavirus-covid-20

In the last week as the coronavirus outbreak began to affect more Americans, animal shelters began to think ahead. They wondered what would happen to pets when people were evicted, lost their jobs and if people wanted to foster pets.

Many animal shelters around the country put callouts on their websites for applications to their fostering programs. The Animal Care Centers of NYC received 2,000 applications to foster a pet but had only 200 available slots.

“One of the reasons we found that people are unable to adopt pets in New York City is because they are never home,” said Katy Hansen, a spokeswoman for the center. “They say it is not fair to the animal, or they are not able to spend enough time with them.”

According to Ms. Hansen, fostering is a great way to find out if a pet will be able to acclimate to a household. She compared it to dating.

“You are bringing a pet into your home and there is not a long-term commitment,” she said. “You are seeing how it would work.”

Dating someone new during the current pandemic poses its own set of risks, but fostering a pet can provide companionship with little risk of contracting coronavirus.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/488585-a-plea-from-nyc-physicians-our-window-of-opportunity-is-closing-to-avoid

We are two New York City physicians and public health advocates and are pleading with our municipal, state and federal leaders to take drastic public health measures to save lives. The house is on fire, and this is the alarm bell.

The view from the frontlines is grim. Our health systems locally and nationwide are already dangerously stretched thin in terms of staff, protective equipment, ventilators, intensive care and isolation beds. By even the most generous estimates, given current rates of transmission, we do not see any possible way to continue to operate within the fundamental bottlenecks of ICU and equipment capacity. This system shock alone will lead to unnecessary and preventable deaths unless we act now. But our clinical toolkit for this disease is fundamentally limited even if these needs are met. This is why, to both prevent overburdening our health system and to save the most lives, we must direct attention, political courage and resources to dramatically halting transmission.

Without comprehensive action, we are in imminent danger of replicating Italy’s experience not only in New York but also nationwide. Saving the most lives requires the following urgent action.

This week seven counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and now the rest of California has moved towards shelter in place policies, which are the strictest forms of mandated social distancing in the country. We feel that these measures should be expanded nationwide for two weeks to bend steep and unrelenting transmission curves.

orlbucfan

The Alan Grayson Definition of The U.S. Harmcare System: Die quickly! 🙁

la58

A email from Bernie

Not me. Us.

It is not just the slogan of our campaign, it is the only way we are going to get through this coronavirus crisis — thinking about and acting for people we don’t even know.

So today — if you can afford it — I am asking you to split a $125 contribution between five great charity organizations that are directly helping people whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus. Use this link:

https://act.berniesanders.com/go/crisis-help

The truth is, we all have a role to play in seeing this crisis through. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration.

Social distancing. Staying inside when at all possible. Donating blood as the surgeon general suggested yesterday. Fighting for legislation that protects working people and the poor during this crisis. Looking after our neighbors in any way we responsibly can.

This fight is a collective struggle.

We know a little bit about that on this campaign. We fight for people we don’t know — people who are hurting, people who are looking for hope.

And right now, there are people who need our help. So if you can afford it, I am asking:

Split a $125 contribution TODAY between five great charity organizations that are directly helping people whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus.

If you’ve saved payment info with ActBlue Express, your contribution will automatically be evenly split between Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, One Fair Wage Emergency Fund, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance:

EXPRESS DONATE: $63

EXPRESS DONATE: $125

EXPRESS DONATE: $188

EXPRESS DONATE: $250

EXPRESS DONATE: $313

OR DONATE ANOTHER AMOUNT

We’ve set a goal of raising $1,000,000 by the end of the day between these groups. And we are close. So close that you could be the one who puts us over the top.

Thank you,

Faiz Shakir
Campaign Manager

jcitybone

Donated

polarbear4

m2 yesterday

Benny

I donated this morning, but for two reasons. One, to support Bernie’s efforts, but secondly, I can’t donate and get a tax deduction. Trump and the GOP tax cuts wiped out any potential for those of us in the middle class to be able to make charitable donations to get them deducted. Only the wealthy can do that.

wi61

Just not the amt Bernie suggested, but it will help

jcitybone

Of course, not everyone there is wealthy

https://nypost.com/2020/03/18/chic-hamptons-food-stores-ransacked-by-the-wealthy-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site+buttons&utm_campaign=site+buttons

Wealthy people who have flocked to the Hamptons to escape the coronavirus are ransacking grocery stores in epic shopping sprees that are costing thousands of dollars a pop.

Since COVID-19 hit Long Island’s tony beach towns last week, its residents have been lining up for groceries and other essentials as they prepare to hunker down at home. But unlike in other parts of the country, Hamptonites are dropping massive amounts of money as they clean up on high-end goods, like salmon, steaks and rare bottles of wine, sources said.

“I had one customer spend $8,000,” said Joe Gurrera, founder of upscale supermarket chain Citarella. “You know when you see someone with a full shopping cart? Now they have five.”

Toilet paper, paper towels, many meats and vegetables were nearly impossible to find at King Kullen grocery store on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.Doug Kuntz

The well-heeled shoppers are buying “pretty much everything they can,” said Gurrera, whose stores are known for carrying gourmet goods. “Instead of asking for one or two steaks on a tray, a customer will buy the whole tray. Then they’ll move on to shrimp, and buy all the shrimp, and then they’ll buy all the salmon steaks.”

Once they’re done demolishing the meat and fish section, they move on to the prepared foods, Gurrera said. “Instead of asking for a slice of lasagna, they’ll buy all of it. Then they’ll buy all of our root vegetables,” he added.

“Business is insane. We are doing far more business than in July and August,” said Gurrera, who has four stores in Manhattan, three in the Hamptons and one in Greenwich, Connecticut. “People are spending thousands of dollars at a time.”

jcitybone

polarbear4

ooooo. nahko 🐻!!!

jcitybone

Wow. This is why I ignore this guy

polarbear4

yesh, tulsi stans have gone over a cliff.

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