The Horrible Truth about our Healthcare Industry!

I recently saw the documentary, Sicko by Michael Moore and visited his website http://www.michaelmoore.com. I took some notes from the DVD and provided the link where Mr. Moore backs up his claims http://www.michaelmoore.com/sicko/checkup/. I signed his petition on his website that will be sent to my congressmen in order to ask them to co-sponsor the U.S. National Health Insurance act. I have also provided links where you can view the actual bill and get other valuable information that will benefit all of us.

National Health Insurance Bill
Read the actual bill (pdf) Read PNHP’s Press Release Watch the Webcast of the Press Conference List of Cosponsors of HR 676 in the 110th Congress Write a letter to your representative. PNHP has a two sample letters. Sample Letter 1 | Sample Letter 2

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 54.5 million people were uninsured for at least part of the year in 2006. Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States. Americans have been denied coverage because they are too fat or too thin. Preexisting conditions that will not be covered are listed as: diabetes, certain types of cancer, and heart disease. Michael Moore interviewed a healthcare industry salesperson by the name of Becky Maulke. She says that the system has an extensively long-list of pre-existing conditions that can be wrapped around the house she was being interviewed. HMO Beginnings – February 17, 1971, 5:30 p.m. The plan that was hatched by Edgar Keiser and President Nixon was recorded on video. It was approved to start privatizing healthcare (HMO) with the incentive of denying as many claims as possible so they could make the most money. Humana Medical Insurance Company – Company policy was to give bonuses to the doctor who had the best track record for denying claims; Medical directors had to meet quotas. You can see video of court testimony by Dr. Linda Pino (she had the best track record for denying claims) in the Sicko documentary. Dr. Pino

claims that she knows of at least one person who died because she denied them access to care that would have helped him survive. In the 1990’s, Hillary Clinton proposed a universal healthcare plan that would make it available to all. Unfortunately, a powerful coalition was put together that included congressional Republicans, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Business Roundtable, the Christian Coalition, and the conservative radio talk show network. They used scare tactics on ignorant Americans telling them that universal healthcare was “socialist” (The government or the whole community owns the means of production and controls the distribution of goods and services) and they would slowly lose their rights in other areas of their lives. Meanwhile, Mr. Moore pointed out that we already have socialist policies in place such as public education, public libraries, firemen, and policemen. Regarding Capitalism- if being in debt shackles a society, they have no freedom; they become cynical, skeptical, and hopeless and don’t vote. You keep the masses in control by putting fear into them and demoralizing them. For some reason, the U.S. is afraid that an educated, healthy, and confident nation is harder to govern and will get out of control. • • • •

We are the only country in the western world that does not offer universal healthcare. Statistics have shown that an infant born in El Salvador has a better chance of surviving than in Detroit, Michigan. In Cuba, they have universal healthcare and a doctor and pharmacy on almost every block. The Alcaeda prisoners of Guantanamo Bay get better healthcare than we do. You can see the excellent facilities in the Sicko documentary. There is still acute care 24 hours a day, in which surgical procedures, everything, can be performed right there in the detainee camps, but as those wounds healed and as the detainees got further and further away from acute injuries, there has been increasing emphasis on preventative care. Indeed, the immunization rate there is higher than in the United States of America…. Things such as screening for cancer have taken place there. Colonoscopies--a procedure which, as we all know, is used commonly in this country to screen for colon cancer--are performed there on a routine basis. The health personnel-to-detainee ratio is 1 to 4-remarkably high. That is all health personnel who are there. And I guess, as I left this briefing and the opportunity to talk to the doctors and the nurses and the psychologists and the psychiatrists, I left with an impression that health care there is clearly better than they received at home and as good as many people receive in the United States of America." Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) remarks on Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Senate, September 12, 2006.

"They go out, they do sick call on the blocks three times per week, care for them there, if they can… We have diabetes. We have high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Those detainees -- we've created a population health database so that we can track those detainees to make sure we're seeing them frequently, monitoring their labs and their overall health." Statement of Navy Commander Cary Ostergaard. "Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee Subject: Detainee Operations At Guantanamo Bay," June 29, 2005. "Detainees receive medical, dental, psychiatric, and optometric care at U.S. taxpayers' expense. In 2005, there were 35 teeth cleanings, 91 cavities filled, and 174 pairs of glasses issued." "Ten Facts About Guantanamo," Department of Defense, September 14, 2006. http://www.defenselink.mil/home/dodupdate/For-the-record/documents/ GuantanamoBay_Top10_ATTACHMENT2.doc. Michael Moore took some firefighters (from the 9/11 tragedy that are suffering from different ailments) to Guatanamo Bay to see if they could get treatment that they were denied in the U.S. When their calls for help were ignored, Mr. Moore took them to Cuba by boat where they were welcomed and treated for free through Cuba’s universal healthcare system. Cuba is one of the most generous countries in providing doctors to the third world. "WHO statistics show that the incidence of AIDS in Cuba is the lowest in this hemisphere, and there are now more than 800 Cuban doctors in Haiti alone working to control the AIDS epidemic. President Castro has offered an almost unlimited number to be sent to Africa, to be paid by the Cuban government with only a small stipend from the host countries." "President Carter's Cuba Trip Report By Jimmy Carter," May 21, 2002. http://www.cartercenter.org/news/documents/doc528.html In Great Britain, the more you help your patients, the higher your income and prescriptions cost only $6.65pds or about $10 in American money regardless of the type of drug or the amount of pills you need. The purpose the cashier at the National Health Service is to reimburse patients for their travel expenses. In France, it is very common to call a number and have a doctor come to your house and diagnose and treat your condition for free. It is a familyfriendly country where day care costs about $1 an hour. Also, government employed nannies come to the house of the new mother to help with the baby, laundry, cooking, etc. They have National Health Service too.

To learn more, I suggest you watch the documentary and visit Michael Moore’s website http://www.michaelmoore.com. Don’t forget to sign the petition too!