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With almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, whistleblower Wendell Potter helped for-profit insurers hijack our health care system and put profits before patients.

But seeing this changed his heart and his mind:


Patients - as far as the eye can see - wait outside in the early morning hours to be admitted to the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic at the Wise County Virginia Fairgrounds.


Outside the gates, people lay in their trucks or in tents pitched along the grassy parking lot, waiting for their chance to have their medical needs treated at no charge — part of an annual three-day “expedition” led by a volunteer medical relief corps called Remote Area Medical.

Bill Moyers interviews Wendell Potter in this short preview below:


Wendell Potter explains how and why those companies are fighting so darn hard to block health care reform.



At RAM's 2007 clinic in Wise Virginia, long lines of uninsured people waited to see doctors and nurses. Many travelled for hundreds and hundreds of miles.


But RAM usually cannot attend to everyone who comes to their mobile clinics.


When Stan Brock, the founder and leader of RAM, called the last number for the day, four hundred people were left standing at the gate - unable to receive medical attention.

We can do something about this. Call your Senators and Reps in Washington and DEMAND a strong public healthcare option.

In our democracy, your voice and vote maters. A lot. Use them. Please.

4 comments:

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Just a little note to say how thankful I am for your ever so kind words which you left for me in my inbos.
Thank you!
I am now here, so I look forward to a browse with a cup of Tea.
Have a lovely evening.
Char.

My Painting Studio said...

In the afternoons we do indeed serve a bracing cup of virtual tea on this blog.

Welcome!

Kimber Scott said...

What country is this again? My god. It seems we're going back to feudal times, only now it's big insurance that holds the lease to our lives.

My Painting Studio said...

The US has the best health care in the world for the rich. But the rest of us...?

HERE ARE SOME FACTS:

The U.S. spends vastly more per capita for health care than most other countries.

Despite spending so much our life expectancy rates are poor compared to these other nations.

American infants die at much higher rates than infants in 12 European countries and Japan. Shockingly, the U.S. ranked 26th overall among industrialized countries on this measure.

On a study released in 2007, the US ranked near the bottom on quality, access and efficiency in delivering health care - as compared to Australia, Canada, Germany and New Zealand.

The GOP gasbags and hate radio talkers who are trying to prevent serious health care reform are not only out of touch with the people they supposedly care about - but they are out of touch with reality.

Please call your Rep and Senator's office and demand a STRONG public health care option.

There is so much Insurance lobbying here that they will not willingly do the right thing without voter pressure.

Right now, anti-health care lobbyists are spending $1,500,000.00 per day. This will go much higher as congress approaches a vote.

However, those Congresscritters do fear the loss of your vote...and that is your power.

Let 'em know (repeatedly and loudly) what you want!