Healthcare


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is insurance-based healthcare legislation designed to improve Americans' access to medical care at lower costs.Some of its components are: get everyone in the insurance pool by requiring insurance with the individual mandate; help low-income folks pay for insurance with government subsidies; expand Medicaid eligibility to very low-income populations; let children stay on parents' plans until age 26; require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions; make participating insurance ...

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KEEP COVERAGE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

I am writing to inform people that our attorney general, Brad Schimel, in a move approved by Scott Walker, is suing in federal court to overturn the part of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.Obviously, neither of these gentlemen care about cancer survivors, diabetics or others who suffer from chronic diseases.If you think Walker and Schimel should represent everyone, not just those of us who enjoy good health, I urge you to call your state senator and state representative ...

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JASON’S LAW—BIPARTISAN VA OPIOD PRESCRIBING REFORM

You should know the story of U.S. Marine veteran, Jason Simcakoski. Like too many of our veterans, Jason Simcakoski, went to the VA to get help, but instead got hooked on prescription drugs. Tragically, Jason Simcakoski died in 2014 from mixed drug toxicity while receiving care at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Simcakoski family decided to turn their tragedy into hope for other military families. Working closely with Senator Baldwin, they crafted bipartisan legislation named in honor of Jason to reform the VA and stop the overprescribing of opiods at the ...

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ADVANCE DIRECTIVES

Advance directives are documents signed when we are of sound mind to inform those who will be taking care of us in the future -- usually our power of attorney -- how we want our finances handled and what we would want for medical care under particular circumstances.Until now, there was no advance directive addressing one's preference for medical treatment when suffering from dementia.The National Public Radio show "On Point," heard on many public radio stations from 9:00-11:00 a.m. weekdays, recently discussed a new advance directive form created to address one's ...

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CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

 Senator Orrin Hatch had this to say in December about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (which he helped to create): “The reason CHIP’s having trouble is that we don’t have money anymore.” Senator Hatch voted for the tax bill that gives 83% of the tax cuts to the top 1% of Americans. Middle class taxpayers will see minimal tax relief for seven years. After 2025, taxes for the middle class will rise. Congressman Duffy also voted for this obscene bill.The stop gap funding for CHIP which was passed December 21st will fund the program through ...

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IT IS TIME FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE

  Under single payer, you get a health care card and you can go to any doctor or hospital in the United States. The doctors are not employees of the government. The hospitals remain in private hands. You get to choose your doctor and hospital. Right now in the United States, the private health insurance companies ration care. If you don’t have health insurance, you don’t get health care. More than 30 million Americans currently lack health insurance. There are some problems in the Canadian system, but most of what you hear about long lines is health ...

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ACTIVISM WORKS

Senate Health Care Bill did not pass. It's not clear what Republicans will try next but it is clear that engaged citizens can and do make a difference. We can't promise it will always work. But we can see that voter resistance can force a change of course. So when Trump and McConnell and Ryan cook up their next nasty "tax cut masquerading as healthcare" stew, you'll know just what to do.Josh Marshall has what I think is the best explanation of why the Republican plan to repeal the ACA has come such a cropper. First he acknowledges the vital role played by how unpopular ...

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR THE ACHA

Thank you, Congressman Duffy, for voting for the ACHA, the Ryan healthcare bill, May 4th.Thank you to the voters for voting for Donald Trump and Congressman Duffy on November 8th.The Ryan healthcare bill (AHCA) has been called an “act of mercy” by Speaker Ryan. Here is a short list, out of many provisions, that are especially ‘merciful.’1. The federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions are eliminated. In Duffy’s 7th Congressional District this will affect 295,400 or 51% of the non-elderly population who have pre-existing conditi...

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ANOTHER COVERUP: TOBACCO AND LUNG CANCER

We are used to hearing misinformation about health care, climate change and the national debt Many lies have been spread about these topics in an effort to keep the status quo. We, as intelligent readers, need to be aware of how misinformation is spread. Ari Rabin-Hart and Media Matters have published the book, LIES, INCORPORATED which tells you how misinformation is spread.As early as 1912, research suggested links between tobacco and lung cancer. As additional studies were published over the decades, results became ever more conclusive. In 1953, tobacco industry ...

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PART ll ….CHEMICALS AND AUTISM

(Denele Campbell blogs from Arkansas.)Despite compelling and well-documented scientific studies showing the strong link between certain chemicals and a slate of neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism, the EPA has for decades postponed any meaningful action to more strictly regulate (or ban) the culprits. In a recent publication, scientists stated:In 2006, we did a systematic review and identified five industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene. Since 2006, epidemiological ...

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