tv Documentary RT October 27, 2021 4:30pm-5:00pm EDT
with the most i spent the night in their cars. oh, really to be oh we need to be patient. i. when i say, you know what happened to me show me your ticket, you know? yeah, sorry. your with all are desperately waiting for free medical treatment. i can i help you with how he is 65 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 jap, allison is $26.00. this uninsured mother has just given birth. i'm going to have guy 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. busy i mean there's so technically flu season and there's the germs everywhere. but i mean, we had to be here, so i have to take him with me. i had any glasses sent the 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 get some new ones today and where it's free and
the same day i can leave with glass. it's just it's frustrating. it really is frustrating that there's just nowhere else to actually my her let's get a 22 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. a. these volunteers give their time every weekend for holding 100 clinics a year. ah,
in the world's largest economy, decent medical care is a luxury. most americans simply can't afford a country pretty nearly in europe in this matter of medical care for austin. aah! with obamacare is a complete and total disaster ah, 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 sphere system. us health care system is lethal. it is
killing people. do what? no parents should have to deal with that. hold your child. if they die a needless death. ah ah. i get up every morning and i do some kind of exercise i i ran, i ride my bike not working out to lose weight. it's because i have to it just by getting outside and getting my heart pumping and
making it strong. so that would prolong my life for years. a normal blood sugar would be about $100.00. my blood sugar is 4. 05. which is extremely high. so yeah, i mean 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, to ration to a dangerous degree. i know that i need to stop doing an 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 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 point 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 ah, now to be covered in the united states, you must 1st pay a monthly premium. these are very high and the average premium for a family of 4 is $15000.00 a year. and on top of this premium, you pay a deductible on the set amount paid each year for healthcare. before a plan starts to share, the cost difference deductible is nearly $8000.00. after meeting the deductible, you pay a percentage of medical expenses. the insurer pays the rest. this is known as co insurance, on average,
policyholders pay 20 percent. mm hm. it doesn't cover insulin, no. karen's health insurance plan covers very few medical services. the things that are super important for me, they don't cover like being able to get insulin or going, you know, to have my eyes checked was diabetics really need to do so it's almost useless until we reach 15 $1000.00 and even then they might not pay for certain medications, we're spending almost half her income just on that other, really for ethan. so it's aggravating as stressful to say the least that we're buying this plan just in case something terrible happens. so i would need to go to the hospital philadelphia hungry with the young couple can't afford to set up whole 9 years after their wedding.
there still living with karen's mother, i realized i had a monster in the united states. you has 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 executives a whistleblower and reformed insurance, propagandist. mm. after 20 years of 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 payment for someone's care, your make life and death decisions and determine who gets to live and who dies to me, that's best getting away with murder ah profit at the expense of life the system that benefits a minority. 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 in the most expensive health care system in the world, we have poor life expectancy. we have higher infant mortality. we have more deaths from treatable causes. so americans are suffering every day from it. oh, how did this system come about? ah, so he say 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, one would look out on to the american landscape and look at all the wonderful innovations these folks have brought people to their lives. oh, wait,
hold on the life expectancy is down, infant mortality is up. well, some income gap is widening the 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 a meritocracy is back that speeding attack a stock, or se rule by the least qualified for any time of war as in time of peace. in 1945. after the 2nd world war, europe adopted the principles of the welfare state. 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 had 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 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, 10 years ago. on his way to visit his parents, he ran into a mobile clinic close to where he grew up. ah, it broke my heart to see what was happening. people were just completely out of luck. 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 plan are 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 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 confuse 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 get a lot better, much better. i sleep better at night to achieve his objectives. he's joined forces with other advocates of health insurance for all together they hope to make it the number one issue in the 2020 presidential elections. i think number one, if they get that issue kind of going in people's minds and talk about think is code the bottom law health care has always been a divisive issue. he's splitting democrats and republicans. you guys have really
master. dia, boot camp for republic. us 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'm and i used to mean my old job in charge of propaganda and it's, it's extraordinary. successful propaganda is the weapon of choice while working for an insurance company. wendell potter was involved in a landmark campaign. the year was $992.00. 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 and make them feel uncertain about what's being proposed and the death of those who are proposing it. but this campaign sabotaged bill clinton. reformed in one man, learned from this barack obama elected president of the united states in 2008. he made health care reform a priority it has now been nearly a century. nearly every president and congress, whether democrat or republican has attempted to meet this challenge in some way. and that is the issue of healthcare. i'm not the 1st president to take up this cause, but i am determined to be the last old on the new. he would be attacked from all
sides. to succeed. he decided to negotiate with the 3 powerful players in the health care system. the insurance companies, hospitals, and drug companies all were given a seat at the table, not only a seat, they 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, the obamacare compromise in post 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. another positive development. no health ensure 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, the legislation was signed into law. we're good these measures were initially met with enthusiasm. it made it better in a lot of ways that it offered, you know, 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, the layla lost her daughter 4 years ago. ah. that whole feeling of anger. i had to find a way to let that release it. nothing's ever going to bring back. my daughter is dead now. mm. mm.
anything 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, she came here right behind me here at the hospital. the red, sullen lake. and i went to the emergency room the 1st and asked her when she got in there was do you have insurance? and she did it, it started with the receptionist telling her its gonna be really expensive. you can
leave now and it won't cost you anything. can you get on to parents insurance? it started there. and then 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 cartier, respiratory arrest. and we raced to the hospital and found her sister all ready at her daughters bedside. and i'm running down the corridor and i saw my sister's outside of the waiting area and i was yelling, you know, is he still alive? no parent should have to see what i saw. and i remember to sit in the house like, please make 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, she's 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? an ellie's 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 singing the song. i used to sing to her as she was a good fit. and when i knew they were going to be turning off the sheets, i can be a little bit of a lease. you know, when the machine went it flat, right? that is the reality of
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