National Nurses United President RoseAnn DeMoro stated,
“The healthcare industry is scamming the ACA (Obamacare). That really is what’s happening. So, even the intent is falling short because they’ve got rooms of accountants and all of the players in healthcare that are figuring out how to game the system.”
She also said nurses are crying on the job. They have patients, who are cutting medications. They cannot afford to go to the doctor. “We have to have a commitment to provide the care people need and to not charge them for staying alive.”
Part of this situation exists because people’s prescription medications cost more than they can afford. They are forced to choose between paying for their medication or paying for food and their home. Some people skip their medication, or take half doses. Drug companies are maximizing their profits, and charging outrageous amounts of money with the rationalization they need the excess profits for more research. More accurately, the profits go to investors and CEOs. Pharma Bro, Martin Shkreli, provides a fairly blatant example of how it works, no research required.
These issues came up when RoseAnn Demoro met with DNC officials on June 17. She was advocating for single-payer universal healthcare in the United States (in essence, medicare for all). Apparently two of the DNC panel members attempted to intimidate her by suggesting she did not care about those who had been without health insurance and benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
To understand why DNC leadership is opposed to a true national health care system, rather than the ridiculously expensive hodge-podge of privately owned insurance companies, you need look no further than Hillary Clinton, whose campaign took in nearly $240,000 from employees of the pharmaceutical industry from the start of her campaign to April, 2016. As the status quo candidate, Hillary Clinton knows that tightening health care law’s would damage her donors. Instead, Mrs. Clinton has proposed incremental half-measures that will have no real effect on the cost of Obamacare-sponsored health and drug coverage. Drug Companies and specialized medical facilities can continue to rip off their clients and the government.
If this seems confusing, it should. Mrs. Clinton says she wants to make changes. Lets take a closer look at the changes she wants. For example, Mrs. Clinton proposes restricting an insurers’ ability to include deductibles and co-pays in in an insurance package. However, this action would force insurers to charge even higher premiums, making coverage completely unaffordable. Mrs. Clinton has proposed allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, a move the Congressional Budget Office predicts “would have a negligible effect on direct spending,” and wouldn’t even apply to Obamacare, but only to Medicare. Her idea of forcing drug companies to spend more on research and development, and less on advertising, would provide no real savings for people being ripped off to benefit investors and CEOs.
Sec. Clinton is famously fluent on healthcare policy. She knows that her proposals will have no real impact on the rising cost of Obamacare-sponsored insurance. Her plans are based on the idea Democratic voters won’t notice she is doing nothing as the pharma bros continue to rip off the American public. Remember, these drugs are significantly cheaper in other countries.
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