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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:16 PM

Millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance in a pandemic ( Wendell Potter )


Fri 27 Mar 2020 06.26 EDT Last modified on Fri 27 Mar 2020

The tragic effects of our battle with the novel coronavirus are seemingly endless. But arguably the most mind-blowing is this: the very pandemic that threatens to infect and kill millions is simultaneously causing many to also lose their health coverage at their gravest time of need.

Heres how: the virus has caused a public health crisis so severe that people have been forced to stay home, causing businesses to shutter and lay off workers. And with roughly half of Americans getting their health insurance from their employer, these layoffs mean not only losing their income but also their medical coverage. In other words, just as our need for medical care skyrockets in the face of a global pandemic, fewer will have health insurance or be able to afford it. According to one recent report, the cost of treatment for Covid-19 can run around $35,000. As the patient in the report exclaimed: I was pretty sticker-shocked. I personally dont know anybody who has that kind of money.

So, how did we get to such a dire place? Many will sadly lose their jobs over the coming weeks with one estimate projecting as many as 30%. And as they do, Americans are about to learn something horrifying: how irrational and irresponsible it is for so many to be dependent on employers for health insurance. Take it from me. Im a former health insurance executive who once profited from this system. Its time for it to stop.

America needs to finally get out of the business of linking health coverage to job status. Even in better times, this arrangement was a bad idea from a health perspective. Most Americans whose families depend on their employers for coverage are just a layoff away from being uninsured. And now, when many businesses are shutting down and considering layoffs, its a public health disaster. Across the country were seeing reports of layoffs in almost all industries. As we approach a global recession, some analysts suggest that a million or more US workers will lose their jobs in April alone. Consider what this means for health care in this country.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/27/coronavirus-pandemic-americans-health-insurance?CMP=share_btn_tw

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Reply Millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance in a pandemic ( Wendell Potter ) (Original post)
BeckyDem Mar 2020 OP
theaocp Mar 2020 #1
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #2
DBoon Mar 2020 #4
CaptYossarian Mar 2020 #7
BComplex Mar 2020 #8
2naSalit Mar 2020 #9
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #25
MoonlitKnight Mar 2020 #6
lunatica Mar 2020 #16
mr_lebowski Mar 2020 #27
Demsrule86 Mar 2020 #28
burrowowl Mar 2020 #3
smirkymonkey Mar 2020 #5
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #10
smirkymonkey Mar 2020 #14
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #15
stopbush Mar 2020 #11
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #12
Mike 03 Mar 2020 #13
KY_EnviroGuy Mar 2020 #17
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #18
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #19
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #20
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #21
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #22
BeckyDem Mar 2020 #23
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #24
Newest Reality Mar 2020 #26

Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:20 PM

1. Since we don't want government insured health care

I guess we deserve this. This is why you negotiate from pie in the sky positions.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:22 PM

2. Thank you.

Couldn't have said it better.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:24 PM

4. supposedly people "love" their employer health insurance

until they no longer have an employer

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Response to DBoon (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:30 PM

7. Aw, hell no!

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Response to DBoon (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:37 PM

8. Exactly! n/t

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Response to DBoon (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:40 PM

9. Or they actually need to use it.

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Response to DBoon (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:26 PM

25. Exactly.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:29 PM

6. Those great union plans

Arent so great when you no longer have that union job.

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Response to MoonlitKnight (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 05:00 PM

16. And I guess non union jobs are doing just great right?

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Response to lunatica (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:49 PM

27. Not sure I follow your logic ...

One could posit, for example ... 'A Pinto is a great car ... until you get rear-ended at high speed' ... and it would be a valid argument.

Pointing out that there is a non-zero number of other cars that are also dangerous to be in when rear-ended does not invalidate the original argument.

Just sayin'

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Response to lunatica (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:51 PM

28. My union son has insurance until a year from April...he is on layoff. And Italy has single payer...

didn't seem to help. I want universal coverage but not M4A.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:24 PM

3. Kick

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:27 PM

5. K&R

 



I have health insurance through my employer, but I completely agree with every word of this.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:41 PM

10. +1

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Response to BeckyDem (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:54 PM

14. Hi Becky!

 

Hope you are doing well and staying healthy!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:59 PM

15. We are hanging in there, so far so good!

You be safe too!

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:41 PM

11. So happy to finally be on Medicare, and not subject to the whims of an employer.

We need to move in this direction as a country.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:43 PM

12. My husband and I too. Its a relief because he was self employed.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 05:04 PM

17. Ironic a submicron virus may do what Republicans said universal healthcare would do.

One crucial difference: In the current instance, they may have no insurance whereas with universal healthcare they would!

How will the Rethugs answer to that one?


KY..............

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 06:52 PM

18. A year from now

Single payer will look very, very good indeed. This crisis is not just the straw that broke the camel's back, it is a full bale.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #18)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 06:56 PM

19. A great deal of suffering to get there, but yes, I agree.

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Response to BeckyDem (Reply #19)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 07:00 PM

20. It took the Great Depression

to bring us the New Deal, with Social Security among it's best effort.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 07:30 PM

21. Yes, our country came out for the better too. We can do that again.

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Response to BeckyDem (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:27 PM

22. There's an old saying

"It's always darkest before the dawn."

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:01 PM

23. And here we are.

To better times for all of us, customerserviceguy.

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Response to BeckyDem (Reply #23)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:01 PM

24. Cheers. n/t

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #22)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:48 PM

26. Yes,

Unless you are on the dark side of the Moon, which is somewhat like being in the shadow of a bulbous dictator.

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