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in play tricks, people might break, the bad nose. wolf is out. the boy very bad. friends are common. good news. you have job security. is the world desperately needs that you have people with ah, [000:00:00;00]
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with you shaken with touch? well, i'm gonna put alon prepared to wait, don't, don't come through to get my check. i haven't been able to get them checked since 1982. they have been waiting patiently for hours. i got here that for you. oh my huh. um have driven hundreds of miles to get here 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
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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. for these american families are at 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
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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 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 to get some new ones today and where it's free and it's same day i can leave with glass there. it's frustrating. it really is frustrating that there's just nowhere else to go to actually my, her, i less get a 2 to can't
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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 give 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 a country pretty nearly in europe in this matter of medical care for
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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 give them the money or you die. and, and you, given me, it is not a fair 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.
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human rights. all the plan mm mm 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.
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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
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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 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. oh, so for me, the premium is $695.00 and down them now to be covered in the
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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 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,
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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 as 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, i mean monster. ah, in the united states,
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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,
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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
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treatable causes. so americans are suffering every day for met. oh, how did this system come about? ah, you know, we recorded this episode in the past and this was our future. when are we recorded in an hour ago to predict what's gonna happen in 2022. so it's a real time warp soon. this isn't an orphanage. oh, even susie children have been kid for at the fountains. house. oh, me up papa. blue. i give them a devout cortez. my much mom with
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when i should. he's good. you know, miss tammy with nice them in goal. michelle, in the middle. the issue. ah national nanny's violin mom on is violet that dana mom of? yes. my city with me. okay. allow me the bucket a i'm and i put my he so much isn't and be we're gonna talk. i love you. no longer you will. i was like me, i'm here. no, i use my challenge is going you know, see me on a new description. panata shut. i can levine with, i
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mean, oh, in time of war as in time of peace. in 945, 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. mary 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
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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 60 fives. ah ah,
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witnessing firsthand 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 are just completely out of the lot. they have no means of getting the care health care that they need is if these people don't count i think that's a big reason why i was so affected by the remote area medical clinic almost somehow walked into
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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 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 the sick. so all they so also they can satisfy their wall street investors. ah, 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
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make this a better system. i like it a lot better, much better. i sleep better in the to achieve his objectives. he's join forces with other advocates of health insurance for all 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 minds in a talk about because co, the bottom law healthcare has always been a divisive issue. he's splitting democrats and republicans. you guys have really nice idea, but we can't afford republicans say, well, let's leave 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,
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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 $992.00 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 questions 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 the death of those who are proposing it. but this campaign sabotaged bill
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clinton's 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 and the health care system. the insurance companies, hospitals, and drug companies all were given a seat at the table that only a seat they were given the responsibility of actually writing big parts of the
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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 would 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 chorus, members of society to a new section of the population. those just above the poverty line with another positive development. no health insurer could discriminate against
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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 a. these measures were initially 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 1970s. but this reform was not enough. every year, 45000 uninsured americans die due to lack of access to health care. i amy layla
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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. she said, no. everything around here. mine's michelin. mm hm. 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
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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 have insurance? and she did, 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. and then all the way through to the back was to where she was supposed to be being treated. mm. 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,
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shaelyn went into cardia respiratory arrest. we raced 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, is he still alive? no parents would have to see what i saw. and i remember it as soon as likely school 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 us. she is, her leg is still swollen, that she has a massive clot still at her leg. and i remember thinking, wait a minute,
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she was just in the emergency room. what do you mean and alleys 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 thinking the song i used to sing to her as she was an infant. and what i knew they were going to be turning off the sheet. i can be a little bit of time please. you would listless. she went it flat, right. that is the reality of a deepest death at y m because she could provide proof of issue ah
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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. one of and i make no sense, you know borderline to nationalities and you as a merge we don't have with the whole world needs to be ready people with
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we can do better, we should be better. everyone is contributing each in their own way. but we also know that this crisis will not go on forever. the challenge is great, the response has been massive. so many good people are helping us. it makes us feel very proud that we are in it together with oh, driven by dreamer shapes banks concur some of those with theirs sinks. we dare to ask
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in ah, ah, french president of i knew about chrome results to foul language swipe put on by canadian citizen, saying that he wants to annoy them. his inflammatory remarks to limit the heated debate in the national assembly on whether to bring in vaccine charges against former governor of new york entered quote, might have been dropped. he was accused of under counting care home desk under sexual harassment with what kind of society and over 50000 people die horrible agonizing deaths


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