tv Documentary RT October 27, 2021 10:30pm-11:01pm EDT
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 and we had to be home. we need to be patient. i. when i say, you know what happened to me show me your ticket, you know? yeah. all right. you're 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. this uninsured mother has just given birth. are they going to have died? jack? who is 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. so i had to take him with me. i had any glasses since high
school. 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 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, her laska, i can't say that at all. like allison 28000000 people in the united states live without health insurance. a lot better. a originally created to deliver medical aid and developing countries. this mobile clinic provider now operates mainly in the united states. a.
these volunteers keep their time every weekend holding 100 clinics a year. ah, in the world's largest economy. decent medical care is a luxury. most americans simply can't afford. i. every country pretty nearly in europe, and 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.
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. 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 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, any 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 one 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. oh, so for me, the premium is $695.00 and need 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 on the set amount paid each year for healthcare. before a plan starts to share, the cost darren's 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. ah, the things that are super important for me, they don't cover like and being able to get insulin or going, you know, to have my eyes checked, which diabetics really need to do. so it's almost useless until we reach $15000.00 and even then they might not pay for certain medication. we're spending almost half our income just on his years. that doesn't really cover anything. so it's aggravating. it's stressful to say the least for buying this plan. just in case
something terrible happens. so i would need to go to the hospital and you get hungry. the young couple can't afford to set up whole 9 years after their wedding. they're still living with karen's mother. i mean, i oh, yeah, yeah, monster. 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 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, that's getting away with murder ah. at the expense of life, the system that benefits a minority, not the majority of americans. ah. the u. s. 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 from it. oh, how did this system come about? ah, he died. i cried. and i just found
a spot the whole time i was there. no one really thought anything different. need us all thought i just didn't feel good on the way for the surgery. his lungs fail. 30 seconds, but i killed him. i had gotten stuck with so many needles that day. in 2019 doctor started talking about a new wide spread disease that caused severe lung damage. there's a few points that were really hurting all of the patients were diagnosed with a lung injury associated with using electronic cigarettes or vapor products. he pulled this out. if you felt holy crap, he's gonna die. oh no, he's the better it was. i wouldn't want my worst enemy to ever go through that. it was out of breath.
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. harry truman 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 when there was a great fear in this country of communism. in the early 19 sixties. 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 60 fives. 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's 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 that remote area medical center. i had almost somehow walked into a refugee camp. i very possibly could have been one of those people who
a 2008. he became a whistleblower and spoke out in the press against the health insurance industry, 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 the sick. 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 because 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 join forces with other advocates of health insurance for all. for together they help to make it the number one issue in the 2020 presidential elections. i think number one that they get that issue kind of going in people's mind and talk about that is co, the bottom line. health care has always been a divisive issue. the splitting democrats and republicans, you guys have really nice idea, boot camp for republic as 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 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
a landmark campaign. the year was 992 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 dis, campaign sabotaged bill clinton's reformed film. 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 am not the 1st president to take up this cause, but i am determined to be the last old on the new you are the attacks 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 the obamacare compromise imposed 3 core principles with, with the individual mandate. and 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 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, the legislation was signed into law these measures were initially met with enthusiasm. it made it better in a lot of ways that it offered. 20000000 people receive 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 19 seventy'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
a way to let that to release it. nothing's ever going to bring back my daughter. she's dead. 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, it 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 this hospital, the red, sullen lake and i went to the emergency room. the 1st thing i asked her when she got in there was, do you has insurance? and she did it, ah, 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 younger 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's shaelyn was 22 years old. between jobs, she had no health insurance. 3 weeks after being turned away from the emergency department, shaelyn went into cardia respiratory arrest. and we raced to the hospital and found her sister already at her daughter's bedside. i remember 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, i please it 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. as 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 a head held us through the baby with her hair and i was singing the song. i used to
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