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« on: August 01, 2019, 02:49:12 PM »

Warren scolds audience for laughing at story of ALS sufferer in 'Medicare-for-all' debate: 'This isn’t funny’

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The moment came during a heated discussion between candidates about the costs and consequences of “Medicare-for-all” policies. Warren, who is a passionate critic of the current private health care system and insurance companies, said she wanted to talk about Ady Barkan -- a 35-year-old activist suffers from ALS. Warren said “it’s killing him.”.../quote]


Read more here - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/warren-scolds-audience-for-laughing-at-story-of-als-sufferer-in-medicare-for-all-debate-this-isnt-funny

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Elizabeth Warren Buries Some Inconvenient Truths
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Every month he has about $9,000 in medical bills that his insurance company won’t cover. His wife Rachel is on the phone for hours and hours and hours begging the insurance company please cover what the doctors say he needs. He talks about what it’s like to go online with thousands of other people to beg friends, family and strangers for money so he can cover his medical expenses.”
read more here https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/30/elizabeth-warrens-inconvenient-truths-227490

Why isn't this man on Medicare?  Does Medicare and a supplement cost more than $9,000 a month?  I wish someone would ask a follow-up question!

Medicare eligibility for ALS and ESRD patients

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...if you have been diagnosed with ALS or ESRD you gain the safety and benefit of essential health care coverage through Medicare, assuming you or your spouse have a work history that makes you eligible for Medicare (or, if the patient is a child, Medicare eligibility is based on a parent’s work history).

Source: https://www.medicareresources.org/medicare-eligibility-and-enrollment/medicare-eligibility-for-als-and-esrd-patients/

What is the rest of the story?  Why would someone go begging for money when they could go on the current Medicare program?

What are his monthly expenses?  Perhaps the medical community is over charging?  Making high profits at his expense and at the expense of others who pay premiums to his private insurer?  

How much are his monthly drugs?  Perhaps they would be cheaper if imported from India, Mexico, or Canada?  Maybe he isn't get the best prices.

Perhaps he is pursuing treatments that do not have a good track record of success?  Are there refunds if the treatments don't work?  Drugs don't work and there is always something else that might help?

The cost of healthcare and coverage is a conversation politicians don't want to have.

I have heard of families that are being broken up, forced into divorce because the price for Obamacare keeps going up and some two parent working families would  get more subsidies if mom and dad are divorced.  Why doesn't everyone pay the same fair price?

Why are people forced to contribute to programs they don't believe in?  Prescription drugs?  Why can't people buy the coverage they need and want?  End the concept of one size fits all program that rip off people who don't use the coverage?  Punishes people who choose to take care of their needs by alternate means?  Diet and exercise instead of thousands a month for diabetes drugs?

Insurance that excludes cosmetic surgery?  Excludes maintenance medications?  

Another question no one is asking - How much is too much for a sickness or disease?  Why aren't there plans for folks that want common sense limits?  Choose a plan that isn't a big slush fund, bottomless pit of money for providers (doctors, treatment centers, drug companies)?

If someone wants deluxe coverage, it should be available and funded by folks who want that coverage.  If someone wants bare bones, common sense flexible coverage, it should be available and funded by like minded individuals.

Why aren't the important questions being asked?



Just my humble opinions and questions.
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