Do We Really Need A Middleman In Our Broken Health Care System?
Nothing illustrates the middleman in our overall fight for health care justice better than this “Schoolhouse Rock!” styled video launched today by Healthy California in support of SB562. Middleman is the first of the Guaranteed Healthcare Rocks! series produced by Healthy California, California Nurses Association, and AFM Musicians 47. It was created by progressive Hollywood musician/lyricist/producer Clifford J. Tasner.
As the Republican controlled United States Senate has begun its secret closed-door deliberations to finally repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with generous tax cuts for a privileged few, the California State Senate has taken pro-active steps towards establishing the first ever state-run single payer program by passing SB562.
It should be noted that with or without a GOP repeal, far too many Californians currently endure significant financial difficulty in maintaining their existing inadequate health coverage (Fig. 1) and in meeting their daily living expenses especially once they get sick (Fig 2). Thirty-Seven percent of Americans now report having difficulty paying their monthly premiums, 43 percent report having difficulty paying their deductibles, and 34 percent of insured Americans report bring unable to pay for food, rent, and housing due to an illness. All the while, unregulated insurance premiums continue to skyrocket far faster than inflation or wages (Fig 3). In California alone, insurance rates have increased over 200 percent in the past 10 years and are expected to only get worse.
…see video and to continue reading on Huffington Post…