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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 1 million people have been killed by Covid alone.

The Biden administration is planning for an end to its practice of paying for Covid-19 shots and treatments, shifting more control of pricing and coverage to the healthcare industry in ways that could generate sales for companies—and costs for consumers—for years to come. (Wall Street Journal, 8-18-22).

Also see: 'Terrible Idea': Biden Preparing to Shift Costs of Covid Treatments, Vaccines to Patients (Common Dreams, 8-19-22)

Congress also cut their commitment to vaccinating the globe to zero. This is unacceptable.

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

Millions of Americans 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. Should a million people have to die before the government takes serious action? The truth is that a million people have died, and the government is doing less now than it did last year.

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 so called “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.

As many as 16 million low-income Americans, including millions of children, are destined to fall off Medicaid when the nation’s public health emergency ends, as states must contend with the gargantuan task of sorting out who no longer belongs on rolls that have swollen to record levels during the pandemic. (Washington Post, 3-14-22). The public health emergency will be extended 90 days, up until July. But that is a temporary measure. We need to keep these Americans on Medicaid permanently.

Congress needs to pass another Covid Relief package. The last one was passed almost a year ago. Congress failed to include new Covid money in their recent $1.5 trillion spending bill, and then shortly after, they left town.

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.  In a recent spending bill, Congress recently cut their commitment to vaccinating the globe to zero. This is unacceptable.

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


BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SHIFTS COVID COSTS TO PATIENTS AND INSURERS

U.S. Plans to Shift Bill for Covid Shots and Treatments to Insurers, Patients (The Wall Street Journal, 8-18-22)

'Terrible Idea': Biden Preparing to Shift Costs of Covid Treatments, Vaccines to Patients (Common Dreams, 8-19-22)


MEDICAID

Biden Administration Extends National Covid Public Health Emergency for Another 90 Days (The New York Times, 4-13-22)

Administration extends public health emergency for 90 days (Whitehouse Rollcall, 4-13-22)

Millions of vulnerable Americans likely to fall off Medicaid once the federal public health emergency ends (The Washington Post, 3-14-22)


AMERICA'S MORTALITY RATE

Opinion | United States of Death? Study Shows Worrying Mortality Rates of Broken Health System (Common Dreams, 8-15-22)


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