conrad $2.1M, cantor $1.8M boehner $1.7M, coburn $1.2M were paid by the Medical Industrial Complex to kill Health Care Reform.
Harvard University researchers interviewed 1,771 Americans in bankruptcy courts across the country, half said that illness or medical bills drove them to bankruptcy. 2 million Americans (those who file and their dependents) face the double disaster of illness and bankruptcy. The big surprise was that three-quarters of the medically bankrupt had health insurance.
How did illness bankrupt middle-class Americans with health insurance? For some, high co-payments, deductibles, exclusions from coverage and other loopholes left them holding the bag for thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs when serious illness struck. But even families with Cadillac coverage were often bankrupted by medical problems.
12 Million Americans were denied Health Care Coverage by the Medical Industrial Complex because they had a Pre-Existing Medical Condition. 12K Americans lose Insurance Coverage everyday. (Source: WaPo Article 05' by Harvard Prof. E. Warren)
It is morally repugnant to profit off the misery or ill health of Americans. It's criminal that medical bills to the private for-profit MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX make up 62% of all bankruptcies filed in the U.S. each year. Americans spend 2.5 Trillion Dollars a year on Health care. The overhead at the private for-profit MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX is upwards of 35% of the health care dollar spent each year in the U.S. That is approximately $900 Billion plus a year the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX uses for BRIBING CONGRESS and their lavish lifestyles, huge salaries plus perks and bonuses. All the while milking the hard-working men/women of this great nation of their hard earned money.
On the other hand MEDICARE has an overhead of 2%, Canada's system is 1.5%, Europe's 2.5% on average. The money that could be saved by eliminating the private for-profit MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX is estimated at over $900 Billion a year. Enough money to help pay for putting all Americans on MEDICARE/SINGLE-PAYER TYPE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM or a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION.
Per capita health care spending (2008):
United States:_______$7439 Canada:______________$3173 France:______________$3048 United Kingdom:______$2560 Japan:_______________$2293 Spain:_______________$2099 Singapore:___________$1118
The U.S. has a lower life expectancy(24th), lower infant mortality rate(29th), lower health care systems(37th), lower medical outcomes(77th), than all modern, civilized, industrialized nations.
This chart was produced from information obtained at OpenSecrets.org: Link It shows how much money was paid to Congress by the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX during their political careers. It's criminal that the U.S. doesn't have Single-Payer Health Care, these are the criminals.
HMO's & MEDICAL INDUSTRY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS (CAMPAIGN CMTE. AND LEADERSHIP PAC'S)
Baucus_______D-MT____$2,870,872________Feinstein__D-CA____$2,150,779 McCain_______R-AZ____$9,073,024________Snowe______R-ME____$__549,659 McConnell____R-KY____$3,345,572________Corker_____R-TN____$__938,289 Boehner______R-OH____$1,643,922________Cantor_____R-VA____$1,855,808 Graham_______R-SC____$1,165,514________Coburn_____R-OK____$1,227,748 Hatch________R-UT____$2,946,150________Bayh_______D-IN____$1,332,738 Kyl__________R-AZ____$2,253,387________Voinovich__R-OH____$1,451,961 Lieberman____R-CT____$2,686,804________Bond_______R-MO____$1,205,034 Grassley_____R-IA____$2,757,287________Burr_______R-NC____$2,392,513 Conrad_______D-ND____$2,154,200________Isakson____R-GA____$1,024,045 Reid_________D-NV____$1,584,761________DeMint_____R-SC____$1,355,881 Durbin_______D-IL____$1,496,851________Wyden______D-OR____$1,164,311 Collins______R-ME____$1,281,596________Vitter_____R-LA____$1,028,295 Ensign_______R-NV____$2,426,139________Cochran____R-MS____$__572,162 Nelson_______D-NE____$2,083,765________Bennett____R-UT____$__388,146 Landrieu_____D-LA____$1,164,242________Barrasso___R-WY____$__711,961 Chambliss____R-GA____$1,633,300________Lugar______R-IN____$1,406,762 Lincoln______D-AR____$1,953,541________Roberts____R-KS____$1.194,379 Cornyn_______R-TX____$2,203,096________Bunning____R-KY____$1,638,599 Enzi_________R-WY____$__879,418________Gregg______R-NH____$1,133,808 Alexander____R-TN____$1,083,735________Murkowski__R-AK____$__390,867 Specter______D-PA____$4,520,629________Sessions___R-AL____$1,247,950 Crapo________R-ID____$__821.610________Shelby_____R-AL____$__963,047 Durbin_______D-IL____$1,496,851________Martinez___R-FL____$__751,590 Inhofe_______R-OK____$__814,316________Hagan______D-NC____$__141,908 Pryor________D-AR____$__470,090________Thune______R-SD____$1,175,418
Pomeroy______D-ND____$2,930,482________Tanner_____D-TN____$1,208,392 Gordon_______D-TN____$1,404,712________Hill_______D-IN____$__459,618 Ross_________D-AR____$__848,260________Boucher____D-VA____$__653,094 Kind_________D-WI____$__776,388________Stupak_____D-MI____$__682,515 Altmire______D-PA____$__393,879________Matheson___D-UT____$__625,435 Inslee_______D-WA____$__523,532________Barrow_____D-GA____$__303,175 Melancon_____D-LA____$__250,634________Space______D-OH____$__ 89,900 Braley_______D-IA____$___61,368________Titus______D-NV____$___44,100 Polis________D-CO____$___32,599________Pence______R-IN____$__498,844
Now, when I call each member I can quote to them how much money they were PAID/BRIBED by the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX to throw their constituents under the bus and deny them SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE or at least a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION.
Here are the toll-free numbers for the Capitol Hill Switchboard:
(House and Senate)
Also give the President a call or write an e-mail:
White House Comments Line:__________1-202-456-1111 M-F 9:00-5:00 est. (NOT A TOLL-FREE #)
President Obama's e-mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/...
Nothing rattles the Congress and White House more than informed CITIZEN/VOTERS ringing the phones off the hook for real health care reform. Call the House, Senate and the White House and demand,
MEDICARE/SINGLE-PAYER TYPE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL NOW!
or at least a
STRONG PUBLIC OPTION