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AMERICA'S STATE OF EMERGENCY 2022


THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW

POOR PEOPLE ARE GETTING KILLED EVERY DAY

BECAUSE AMERICA REMAINS THE ONLY MODERN STATE

WITHOUT HEALTH CARE AS A RIGHT


America today is in a state of emergency. Immediate action is needed; an action agenda is outlined below.

An unjust healthcare system is killing people as we talk. Over 800,000 people have been killed. Hospitalizations are up thanks to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS KILLED BY A LACK OF HEALTH INSURANCE

Hundreds of thousands of Covid victims were killed (according to the British health journal Lancet) because they didn't have adequate health insurance. Even in a “good” year with no epidemic, tens of thousands of Americans die because they don’t have health insurance or can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs.

A March 2021 report by the progressive group Public Citizen found that hundreds of thousands of U.S. COVID deaths could have been avoided under a single-payer system, noting that under such a system, hospitals would be better funded and providers better able to coordinate care for patients.

MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE ARE UNDERINSURED

While hundreds of thousands have died from a lack of health insurance, millions more suffer under policies that are a bad joke in terms of "coverage."

One of the major problems is that of soaring deductible costs. Average enrollee spending on deductibles more than tripled between 2007 and 2017 (Tarbell, 6-1-21). Is spending $7,000 before one can get their health care covered realistic? No it is not.

The Commonwealth Fund also found that 40% of people in Affordable Care Act plans are underinsured because of high out-of-pocket charges – and many likely never meet their deductibles. As a result, millions of Americans are not going to the doctor or picking up prescriptions. So millions of people with ACA plans, or "Obamacare," as it has been colloquially called, can't even use the policies they have.

THE HEALTH CRISIS COMPOUNDED WITH THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

There’s more bad news. The housing crisis is getting worse. Millions face eviction and foreclosure. The student debt crisis also needs to be resolved.

There is no time to wait.

WE NEED ACTION NOW

It is morally unacceptable to put off addressing the emergency while so many people are dying.  We need to treat an emergency like an emergency.

PROGRESSIVES MUST ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES!

HERE IS AN ACTION AGENDA:

First, we must keep poor people alive. The following steps need to be done right now.

Emergency health care should be given to all who need it.   This should include the immediate reduction or elimination of sky-high deductibles.

The “open enrollment” system for health insurance and Medicare Drug insurance should be abolished.   It’s absolute madness to ban people from buying health insurance for most of the year. The health care exchanges must stay open throughout the year. The current deadline for open enrollment is January 15th. So open enrollment has ended. That needs to change.

Medicare needs to be properly funded.

Congress needs to pass another Covid Relief package. The last one was passed almost a year ago.

The CDC needs to make sure they have correct information on their website. We are aware they have updated their mask guidance recently to recommend N95 masks. However, the fact that they were telling people not to wear N95 masks is very concerning. This incorrect information is a threat to public safety. It is our hope that they will not put incorrect information on their website in the future.

There also needs to be an increase in the production of N95 masks. Some N95 mask manufacturers were in danger of going broke last summer.

The government should take drastic action to make rapid Covid tests more available. Rapid test manufacturers were also in danger of going broke last summer.

Emergency funds should be provided for any person facing eviction or foreclosure.

We must immediately enact paid sick leave for all workers.

A serious campaign must be developed to increase vaccine aid to the world's poor.  The current US commitment is completely inadequate.  

In every other modern state health care is a right. It should be a right here.


LINKS

Call for a New Covid Relief Package

The Urgent Need for Protective Masks During Covid Crisis

Global Vaccination Plan

Social Disaster USA 2021 - Millions of Americans Face Starvation and Poverty

Dead or Alive in Modern America - The Right to Exist

Life and Death in America (Audio)

Time for Action on the Student Debt Crisis

Rent Crisis 2021