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ah a j b o you shaken with well i'm gonna put alon prepared to wait don't don't know how to get my eyes checked. i haven't been able to get them checked since 1982 they have been waiting patiently for hours. i hear that for you. oh my huh. um. have driven hundreds of miles to get here with the
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most has spent the night in their cars. oh, really to be oh we need to be patient. i. when i say your walk, me show me your take it, you know? yeah, sorry. you're with all are desperately waiting for free medical treatment. i can, i help you with how he is 65 and what is your date for your eyes? with these american families aren't homeless, most of them are middle class, and yet they have no choice but to come to this clinic,
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a horrible allison is $26.00. this uninsured mother has just given birth. are they going to have that 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. so i, i mean there's so technically flu season and there's the germs everywhere. but i mean, we had to be here. i have to take him with me. i had any glasses sent the high school like he graduated like 40 years 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
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it's frustrating. it really is frustrating that there's just nowhere else to actually matter. i let's go with, 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. a . these volunteers keep their time every weekend holding 100 clinics a year. ah,
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and the world's largest economy. decent medical care is the luxury most americans simply can't afford. ah, we are behind every country pretty nearly in europe in this matter of medical care . austin. ah, 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. ah, it is not a fair system. us health care system is lethal. it is
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killing people. do what? no parents should have to deal with that. hold your child. if they die a needless death. ah ah. mm hm. i get up every morning and i do some kind of exercise. i ran, i ride my bike, not working out to lose weight. it's because i have to just by getting
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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
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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 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, 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,
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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 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,
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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 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 insurance, 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. i get hungry. oh, the young couple can't afford to set up whole 9 years after their wedding. they're
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still living with karen's mother. i mean i oh, yeah, yeah, honey mustard. 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,
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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, it 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
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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 death from readable causes. so americans are suffering every day from it. oh, how did this system come about? i look forward to talking to you all. that technology should work for people. a robot must obey the orders given by human beings, except where such orders at conflict with the 1st law show your identification. we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. and the point obviously, is to create trust rather than fear and various job with artificial intelligence. real summoning with
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assembles the contraption. no one else needs to talk to a corporate arrange, a fuel filter for i can, which can just more like when you minute synergies like user id was looking at the club, lily for future pushing for 30 and 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
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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 1960 s, now back in power, the democrats again tried to introduce a european style system. in 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
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65. mm hm. mm. 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. 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 are just completely out of the lot. they have no means of getting the care health care that they need
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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 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 their customers and dumped. so all they so also they can satisfy their wall street investors.
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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 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 mind in talking about because co, the bottom law healthcare has always been a divisive issue. he's splitting democrats and republicans. you guys have really
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nice idea, but we can't afford 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. and i used 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
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a lot of time in washington and 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 bill. a 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 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 care. i'm not the 1st president to take up this cause, but i am determined to be the last obama knew he would be attacked from all sides
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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, every american was required to have health insurance would pay a penalty. the purpose of this measure was to increase policyholder numbers in
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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 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
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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 a way to let that to release it. nothing's ever going to bring back my daughter. she said mm hm. mm.
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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 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
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can leave now and it won't cost you anything. can you give your parents insurance? it started there. and then all the way through to the back was to where she was supposed to be being treated. mm mm. 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 to cardia respiratory arrest amy raised 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 clean it me strong, strong,
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pull through please don't die please. and then they told me that 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. 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? 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 as she visited. and when i knew they were going to be turning off the sheet, so it's like can be a little bit of time, please. you with the sheed with a flat right. that is the reality of
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a deepest death at y m, because she could provide for some issue ah ah, 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. ah,
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the british and american governments have often been accused of destroying lives in their own interests. what you see in this, these techniques is the state devising methods to essentially destroy the personality of an individual. by scientific means. this is how one doctor's theories were allegedly used in psychological warfare against prisoners deemed a danger to the state. that was the foundation for the method of psychological interrogation, psychological torture, this year, disseminated within the u. s. intelligence community and worldwide among allies for the next 30 years. and out of the victim say they still live with the consequences today. oh york on sunday. so much of this later stuff is theatrical, it's purely theatrical nature did not fight for georgia in 2008. it under planned
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to fight for georgia. there was not the slightest consideration of alpha fighting the georgia and of course, it didn't fight the ukraine in 2014 item. and there is absolutely no intention anywhere in western europe to send a single dot short danish or german or french soldier to fight in you cried, ah, what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have. it's crazy confrontation, let it be an arms race is on offensive, very dramatic development. only personally and getting to resist. i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very difficult. time time to sit down and talk i
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ah ah, the g 20 summit wraps up in rome with broad endorsement of a global corporate tax being the main achievement. not that everyone sees it that way. we look at why and i've seen some of the news stories that shaped the week. the jo, case ambulance service, warns of an unprecedented crisis ahead as the armies put on standby to help cope with cobra cases and the winter flu season. we hear from a doctor on the front line, around 5700000 people on waiting lists within the annette chest at present, which it sadly is probably going to get worse before it gets better. and supporters of julian sonjee including rock legend, roger waters demand justice follow vega, us extradition appeal hearing, which is yet to deliver its verdict. i'm show lang.


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