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Medical bankruptcies are still high, even with Obamacare. That’s why we need national, single-payer health care

Regarding the disagreement between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over whether to use a forthcoming spending package to strengthen the Affordable Care Act or expand Medicare eligibility and coverage, I’d like to highlight a relevant article.

In 2019, in the American Journal of Public Health, a group of researchers, with a common interest in bankruptcy, published the results of their study. They found that medical bankruptcy caused by medical bills and related loss of income was still a serious problem in America and pointed out that the ACA, though it had implemented helpful provisions, had nonetheless not altered the proportion of medical-related bankruptcies in America.

Indeed, medical bankruptcy surpassed all other types of bankruptcies, including that caused by house foreclosure and living beyond one’s means. Researchers cited reasons, including the outpacing of medical costs over incomes, unpredictable medical costs and loss of income because of illness or injury; additionally, 29 million remained uninsured.

Our nation is not prepared to meet its health-care challenges in the 21st century. We spend more on health care per capita than any other nation yet our quality of life is no better. We endure illness or injury while beset by the burden of medical bills and the risk of bankruptcy.

We urgently need universal, comprehensive health care.

A LTE in WaPo

magsview

Hello Birdies!
A tiring day of spring cleaning for me. Taking a break to say hi and check in.

Saw this just now and of course Polar Bear posted the original tweet yesterday. Pretty mindblowing when they’re macing mainstream press!

Elizabeth Sens, who describes her herself as a video correspondent:

In this photo our team #AFP got sprayed with pepper spray by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after we clearly identified ourselves as reporters.

magsview

wi62

Same here Mags temps outside P/C and 60 so it was an early start on the spring cleaning outside, weather usually doesnt cooperate until mid May

orlbucfan

It’s the same old sh1t: no accountability for the out-of-control yahoos, no change.

magsview

This is quite nice (hope you can see it orl):

https://twitter.com/AstronomydaiIy/status/1381878198598688770

orlbucfan

Thanks, mags! 😊🪐 Nature and the cosmos really are incredible. The Fundie X-tian idiots are pathetic in their limited beliefs.

polarbear4

T&R jcb!

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polarbear4

oh now i’m completely bummed and going to go watch Counterpoint, which is really good, so far.

i had no idea this could happen. our guy is so popular. this is not the real wish of the people and i keep saying, tptb has it all pretty well locked down now, with the occasional lower progressive win, but all over the globe, they know how to take election. Ecuador will suffer.

polarbear4

Sorry, Counterpart, with J.K. Simmons and Olivia (Williams?).

magsview

It’s hard to fathom how the banker won. His results in the first round were far lower than the lefty.

polarbear4

orlbucfan

T and R, jcb, and the rest of the usual excellent TPW suspects!! ☮️😊👍Will catch up tomorrow.

wi62

AKA “Judge Dread”

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