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reaction that they're looking at because you have your constituents that they're trying to get their votes from. i'll look at it as they're gonna get rid of police and blame police. let's define them. whatever she wants to put in place, a department of mental halted to take over this or you're just, you're asking for problems. this comes from not allowing law enforcement to view their job and not being backed properly. and you're going to see such a disaster unfold in my personal opinion and experience with law enforcement. one of the main reasons that crime rates keep growing up is lack of prosecution. the state attorney would always try to lessen a charge ah, to, to win more prosecute prosecutions, which would put them at about a better position for reelection. but you just, you see a lot of stuff like that, which puts people criminals back on the street. and it perpetuates a cycle, you need to go back to the constitution, you need to have like police officers do their job. let's stop ditch, you know, before we go to break and some news that we were reporting earlier in the program. a passenger plane flying from cairo to moscow,
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which had been declared to an emergency not long into the flight, has no return safely to the egyptian capital. the reason for the instant, not yet known, the air bus we do know belong to egypt there, and had sounded a distress signal around 30 minutes in to the flight. and not indeed how a busy wednesday is shaping up. check in with r t. when you can throughout the day will strive to make sure you don't miss any of the updates that mater bye for la. ah ah
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ah . a j b you shaken with? well, i'm gonna put alon prepared to wait, don't come through to get my check. i haven't been able to get them
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checked since 1982. they have been waiting patiently for hours while i got here that for you. oh my. some have driven hundreds of miles to get here. with the most has spent the night in their cars. oh, really to be called we need to be patient. i. when i say, you know what happened to me show me your ticket, you know, move. yeah, sorry. you're with all are desperately waiting for free medical treatment. i with
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65, nobody here with for your eyes. oh, these american families aren't homeless. most of them are middle class, and yet they have no choice but to come to this clinic with tap. allison is 26. this uninsured mother has just given birth. are they going to have like jack, who's 4 days and then junior here, my 4 year old i don't feel great that i have a 4 day old baby out in the i do. i mean there's so technically flu season and there's the germs everywhere. but i mean, we had to be here,
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so i have to take him with me. i had any glasses sent high school like he graduated like 10 years ago. so i've just been wearing the same payer. so i definitely knew i had to come to get some new ones today and where it's free and it's same day i can leave with glass. it's just it's frustrating. it really is frustrating that there's just nowhere else to go to. actually my heart, i laska, i can't say that at all. like allison 28000000 people in the united states live without health insurance. a originally created to deliver medical aid and developing countries. this mobile clinic provider now operates mainly in the united states.
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a. these volunteers give their time every weekend holding 100 clinics a year. ah, the world's largest economy. decent medical care is a luxury. most americans simply can't afford. i. every country pretty nearly in europe, in this matter of medical care for aust dentist. ah, [000:00:00;00] with obamacare is a complete and total disaster. ah,
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united states medicine has become a you're standing there at that point. you given them money or you die and, and you give them the right. mm. it is not a fair system. us health care system is lethal. it is killing people. do what? no parents have to deal with that. hold your child if they die a needless death. ah terry about human rights and the hosting plan? mm mm
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oh i get up every morning and i do some kind of exercise. i run, i ride my bike. not working out to lose weight. it's because i have to just by getting outside and getting my heart pumping and making it strong. so that would prolong my life for years. with a normal blood sugar would be about $100.00. my blood sugar is 4. 05. which is extremely high. so yeah, i mean,
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i need to take insulin to try to bring it down. insulin isn't essential to life just like water and just like air, it's life or death. if i don't have insulin, i would die within a few days. probably. it doesn't take long. karen is 30 and it's been living with diabetes since she was 12 years old or medication, which would be covered by the state in europe is very expensive in the united states. when i go down to the pharmacy and they say, oh, what's going to be a $1000.00? i'm? i'm used to hearing that, so i just leave without the insulin. my solution right now is just to code ration to a dangerous degree. i know that i need to stop doing that. ah, unlike in europe, there is no universal health insurance in the united states. the only americans to benefit from a limited public healthcare system are the very poorest members of society in the
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over 60 fives. every one else is either covered by their employers who pay most of the cost of health insurance, or they have to take out an individual health insurance plan like karen and her husband, eric some $1.00 of the site right now to look at the plans for next year okay. although they both work, they can barely afford the costly insurance premiums. ah, so for me, the premium is $695.00 and down now to be covered in the united states. you must 1st pay a monthly premium. these are very high. the average premium for a family of 4 is $15000.00 a year. and on top of this premium, you pay a deductible for buying this plan,
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just in case something terrible happens. so i would need to go to the hospital and you get hungry. yeah. the young couple can't afford to set up, hold 9 years after their wedding. they're still living with karen's mother. i mean, i don't know how to master ah, in the united states, you have to be rich to be able to afford enzyme. insulin. is luxury good for sure? my insurance company controls a lot of what i do and what i get this man is a former health insurance company executive, a whistleblower and reformed insurance, propagandist. mm. after 20 years,
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loyal service, revolted by the brutality of america's health system. wendell potter cracked and decided to expose the cynicism of his industry. my job, along with everyone else who worked for the company, was primarily to make our shareholders richer than they were. now the most important people to these big companies and it's not taking care of people. if you're denying payments for someone's care, your make life and death decisions and determine who gets to live and who dies to me that's, that's getting away with murder ah, at the expense of life, the system that benefits a minority,
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not the majority of americans. ah. the us health care system, we spend about $3.00 trillion dollars a year on it. people like to say that that's about the size of the g, d. p of france just for health care, which is a little bit crazy, despite having the most expensive health care system in the world. we have poor life expectancy. we have higher infant mortality. we have more deaths from readable causes. so americans are suffering every day for met. oh, how did this system come about? ah oh, so you see this statistic that 90 percent of the well, the cell by 10 percent of the population and they added trillions of dollars to their net worth. since the pandemic,
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one would look out on to the american landscape and look at all the wonderful innovation, these folks have brought people to their lives. oh wait, hold on. life expectancy is down, infant mortality is, ugh, wasn't income gap is in whitening genie coefficient. looks terrible. death of despair are exploding. so i think it's natural to conclude that all this money printing is not feeding. ameritas accuracy is fact, it's fading attack a stock receipt rule by the least qualified with awe in time of war as in time of peace in 1945. after the 2nd world war europe adopted the principles of the welfare state.
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france introduced its social security system. britain founded the n h s. inspired by this model, democratic u. s. president harry truman proposed a universal national health insurance program. very true and couldn't do it because the american medical association in particular, was very opposed to creating a system like most european countries have. and they began using the term socialized medicine, keep in mind, this was during the early part of the cold war. and there was a great fear in this country of communism. in the early 960 s, now back in power, the democrats again tried to introduce a european style system. with this plan to met with resistance, a massive publicity campaign was launched to warn the american people of the
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dangers of socialized medicine. the propaganda paid off and the democrats bill failed to pass. in 1965, they got their revenge. president lyndon b johnson signed into law to public health insurance programs, medicaid for low income families, and people with disabilities and medicare for the over 65. mm hm. ah, witnessing 1st hand the despair of americans who cannot afford treatment prompted the former insurance executive wendell potter to change his life. ah,
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10 years ago. on his way to visit his parents, he ran into a mobile clinic close to where he grew up. ah, it's broke my heart to see what was happening. people are just completely out of the lot. they have no means of getting the care health care that they need if these people don't count i think that's a big reason why i was so affected by the remote area medical center. i had almost somehow walked into a refugee camp. i very possibly could have been one of those people in 2008. he became a whistleblower and spoke out in the press against the health insurance industry's
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expletive practices. mister chairman, thank you for the opportunity to be here this afternoon of a special respect a year later he testified before the u. s. congress doing something, i think very courageous and very, very brave. i saw how they confused customers and dumped. so all they so also they can satisfy their wall street investors. he wages his campaign in washington, the heart of power. i know how the game works cuz i was a part of it on the other side. now the change team said we're working to try to make this a better system. i like it a lot better, much better. i sleep better at night to achieve his objectives. he's joined forces with other advocates of health
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insurance for all together they hope to make it the number one issue in the 2020 presidential elections. so i think number one is to get that issue, kind of going in people's minds in a talk about because co, the bottom law healthcare has always been a divisive issue. the splitting democrats and republicans, you guys have really nice idea, but we can't for republicans say, well, let's leave it to the free market and democrats, they will, that's not good enough, but you've got to also somehow break through the noise and the opposition that the other side is creating, i mean, i used to mean my old job in charge of propaganda, and it's extraordinary successful propaganda is the weapon of choice while working for an insurance company. wendell potter was involved in
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a landmark campaign. the year was 1902 bill clinton had just been elected president a year later, he asked his wife hillary to draft a universal health care bill. after we saw what the clintons were doing, that we would do what we could to keep it from ever passing. so i spent a lot of time in washington working to create this propaganda campaign is to get people to fear change to make them feel uncertain about what's being proposed. and to doubt that those who are proposing it dis, campaign sabotaged bill clinton's reform. a one man learned from this barack obama elected president of the united states in 2008. he made health care reform. a priority did have now
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been nearly offensive. nearly every president and congress, whether democrat or republican has attempted to meet this challenge in some and that is the issue of health. i'm not the 1st president to take up this cost, but i am determined to be the last obama knew he would be attacked from all sides. to succeed. he decided to negotiate with the 3 powerful players and the health care system. the insurance companies, hospitals, and drug companies all were given a seat of the table that only a seat there were given the responsibility of actually writing big parts of the legislation. so he gave away a lot of things that were valuable. i think to him personally, in order to get something, anything done that was important,
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the obamacare compromise imposed 3 core principles with, with the individual mandate, every american was required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. the purpose of this measure was to increase policyholder numbers in return, the insurance companies promised to lower their rates. obamacare also expanded medicaid coverage from the poorest members of society to a new section of the population. those just above the poverty line with another positive development. no health insurance could discriminate against individuals based on their medical history and allergy, asthma, diabetes. in the past this was used as an excuse to increase the premiums or even to deny coverage. on march 23rd, 2010,
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the legislation was signed into law these measures were really met with enthusiasm. it made it better in a lot of ways that it offered 20000000 people received coverage that had not had it before. obamacare was a historic step forward for the united states. the number of americans without health insurance had not dropped as much since the 970 s. but this reform was not enough. every year, 45000 uninsured americans die due to lack of access to health care. i amy layla lost her daughter 4 years ago. ah. that whole feeling of anger. i had to find
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a way to let that to release it. nothing's ever going to bring back my daughter she said mm hm. everything around here. mine's michelin, i remember saying when i 1st moved here, thinking that's so great, we're really close to a looks like a new hospital and i was very excited about being close to hospital little did i know what it was going to mean for my family. this building represents loss. members, it represents pain to me. ah,
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she came here right behind me here at the hospital. the red solon lake. and i went to the emergency room a person asked her when she got in there was do you have insurance? and she did, it started with the receptionist telling her it's gonna be really expensive. you can leave now and it won't cost you anything. can you get on your parents insurance? it started there. they went all the way through to the back was to where she was supposed to be being treated. at the time, her daughter shaelyn was 22 years old. between jobs, she had no health insurance. 3 weeks after being turned away from the emergency department, shaelyn went to cardia respiratory arrest erased to the hospital and found her sister already at her daughters bedside. i remember running down the corridor and i saw my sister's outside of the waiting area and i was yelling, you know,
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is he still alive? no parent should have to see what i saw. and i remember just sitting there, i was like please me strong. strong. pull through, please don't die, please. and then they told me she had a pulmonary embolism and i was like, what do you mean? i said, and they said well, she must. those she is, her leg is still swollen. that she has a massive clot still at her leg. and i remember thinking, wait a minute, she was just in the emergency room. what do you mean? alleys like i don't know how they missed us. and i held her like i had held us through the baby with her hair and i was thinking the song i used to sing to her, she was a good fit. and i knew they were going to be turning off mosquito,
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i can be a little bit of a lease, you know, willis, the seed which is flat. right. that is the reality of a deepest death at y m because she could provide proof of insurance. mm. ah, ah,
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in the united states hospitals have increasingly become businesses. and so they act like businesses by often in terms of maximizing the revenue they can get from florence companies and from patients. went out so thing wrong with an engagement. it was the trail when so many find themselves, well, the part we used to look for common ground
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ah, top headlines are right now here were naughty international. the european union fails to agree on how to protect citizens and businesses from soaring energy bills . but it does say, though it has launched our hon for who's to blame for the heated market and freedom more a possible 175 year prison sentence. julian sanchez, faith rests in the hands of the you case high court as an extradition appeal hearing for the us for the whistleblower starts today in london. and a chilling warning from the united nations which says the situation in afghanistan is so dire that a half the country's entire population could face acute malnutrition. this winter with many potentially dying. or we hear from the organization on the program. the

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