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wait. don't don't know how 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 issue. oh mm hm. um have driven hundreds of miles to get here with the most has 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.
i vision dental with how we use 65. maybe what do you need for your eyes to 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 with jap, alison is $26.00. this uninsured mother has just given birth. i'm going to have got 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'd 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, her, i less got a 2 to can't say that at all. like allison 28000000 people in the united states live without health insurance. a lot better. oh,
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 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 get with 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, harry thought human rights. the hosting 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. a normal blood sugar would be about $100.00. my blood sugar is $4.00 oh $5.00. 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 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 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 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 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 and 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. yeah. 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
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robot must obey the orders given by human beings, except where such orders that conflict with the 1st law show your identification. we should be very careful about artificial intelligence at the point obviously is to create trust rather than fear i would like to take on various job with artificial intelligence, real summoning with a robot must protect its own existence with oh, 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 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 65 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 to people who 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 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 industries . 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 cuz i was a part of it on the other side. now to change teams 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. for together they help to make it the number one issue in the
2020 presidential elections. i think number one, it get that issue kind of going and people's mind talk about that is go 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, it's extraordinarily 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 to make them feel uncertain about what's being proposed and the death of those who are proposing it. dis, campaign sabotaged bill clinton's reform 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, 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 needed 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 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. 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, 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 get on to parents insurance? it started there. they went 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 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 clean 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 clots 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 thinking the song i used to sing to her as she visited. and when i knew they were going to be turning off the machine, i can be a little bit tight please. you know,
often in terms of maximizing the revenue they can get from torrance companies and from patients. 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 20? 22. so it's a real time warp moon . this isn't an open it. oh, even susie children have been kid for at the finance house. only have barbara give out or take my my mom with with nice many goals which only built
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