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Wayne Caswell
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Founder & Senior Editor, Modern Health Talk, an online community about home health care tech
Founder & Senior Editor, Modern Health Talk, an online community about home health care tech

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Republicans say the Bernie Sanders “Medicare-for-All” plan would cost the government $32 trillion over 10 years, but Koch-funded research shows that’s actually LESS than the >$3.5 trillion/year we now pay, or the $7 trillion/year we’d pay in 2028 if trends continue. (CDC estimate)

Universal Healthcare insures everyone without the need for public or employer-provided policies. It costs a bit less and shifts the expense burden to taxes, but it won’t address the underlying problems of treating sickness as a profitable industry — at least not alone.

The potential savings are FAR greater — well over $1.5 trillion/year if we can cut healthcare spending in half to match what other advanced nations pay for their superior outcomes.

First, we must understand why American healthcare is so darn expensive to begin with. (See http://www.mhealthtalk.com/expensive/)

Then, shift the focus from just Treatment and focus more on Prevention and Wellness. After all, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

View Health as a strategic investment in worker productivity to drive economic growth, and understand and overcome the obstacles. That includes resistance and political lobbying from the medical industrial complex (insurers, hospitals, drug companies, testing, companies, and medical equipment providers).

Beyond paying politicians, the medical cartel pays (bribes) doctors to support their products in medical journal articles and medical conference speeches. It stacks state Medical Boards to limit regulation and legal liability. And it sets the medical school curriculum to drive profits.

New doctors mostly learn how to diagnose and treat illness and injury. The biggest profits come from treatment, so there’s not enough emphasis on cure and even less on prevention. That’s not as profitable.

Sadly, new docs learn relatively little about the pillars of health, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress-deduction.

Not only can the U.S. cut healthcare costs in half with the right focus. With a healthier and more skilled workforce, we can also increase productivity and generate another $1 trillion or so in revenue.

NET: Taxpayer funded Universal Healthcare is a fiscally conservative policy that invests in Health with massive long-term benefits. By offering no ACA alternative for nearly a decade, Republicans show us that they’re driven more by wealthy special interests than public interests.
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As the Republican Party morphs into the Party of Trump, traditional Conservatives have become CONservatives or Don-servatives.
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https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/fear-and-loading-women-and-guns-in-america/5b476cdbbe407763ae2b1892

In this 18-min video report, a Canadian journalist comes to Austin, TX to understand the American gun culture and the arguments for and against it. "American women are buying more guns than ever before, mostly to protect themselves. Manisha Krishnan heads to Texas for the annual A Girl and a Gun conference where women are being trained to fend off sexual assaults and home invasions with firearms. She's trying to find out whether gun culture..."
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Modern medicine is killing us one by one... How? Why? Why in the U.S.? And is it for profit; is it political; or is it both?

PROFIT? >$3.5 trillion/year, almost twice what other nations pay

POLITICS? Remember, dead people don't vote.

BOTH? The Medical Cartel spends 3x on lobbying as military industrial complex, and politicians take the money because they want to be reelected. So, no CONservative ACA replacement even after almost a decade, and with control of all branches of government. What, no public hearings to understand stakeholder concerns? 'Telling.
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I’ll add this excellent article as a resource link on my own article about Republican Sabotage. https://www.mhealthtalk.com/sabotage/
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SLEEP — There was no mention of sleep in this article, and I wonder why. Other researchers have made the connection between sleep duration $ quality and the removal of excess amyloid protein that can otherwise buildup into plaques and tangles. The focus here on viruses and bacteria makes sense, but rather than drugs, a more natural prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia seems wise, including nutrition and sleep wellness. I refer you to this collection of Alzheimer’s Statistics, which mentions the role of sleep, but encourage you to research the scientific literature too. (https://www.mhealthtalk.com/alzheimers-statistics/)

During deep sleep, at least in mouse studies, the neurons shrink in size to allow cerebral fluid to circulate faster and flush out the amyloid before it forms plaque. This article mentions atmospheric pollution, but researchers have also found connections between light pollution and sleep — especially the blue spectrum of light that interferes with Melatonin production and disrupts the sleep-wake cycle. Remember that Dr. Alzheimer didn’t even discover the disease until after artificial light from Thomas Edison’s lightbulb became popular and allowed us to stay up later.

Call me a skeptic, but I will always question the motives of work done for drug companies to treat illness over that of natural and holistic approaches to general wellness. Might that be why Sleep was not mentioned?
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If you thought there was a lot of greed and evil in the pharmaceutical industry, WATCH THIS. The Bleeding Edge, which premieres on Netflix, examines the $400bn medical device industry responsible for products such as hip implants and robotic surgeons, through the lens of five products that have wreaked havoc on the lives of thousands.
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https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180723.679199/full/

Notice the sharp increase in medical debt among young people of childbearing age with no insurance or high-deductible policies. This should be good reason for them to support Democratic candidates and Universal Healthcare.

WHAT TO DO? Remember what Benjamin Franklin said more than two centuries ago: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." That applies in two ways.

1. Universal Healthcare, with a focus on wellness and prevention, can be seen as a strategic investment in a healthy, skilled and productive workforce needed to grow the economy and global competitiveness, while also reducing overall insurance and medical costs.

2. Universal Health Insurance, aimed at preventing consumer debt, would free money for retirement savings.

Note that the top 1% own more wealth than the bottom 90% combined, and they own over half of the stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Meanwhile, the bottom 50% lives hand-to-mouth and owns less than 0.5% of stocks. The fact that they don’t invest puts more strain on social programs later in life. Sadly, just as CEOs paid by quarterly stock performance tend to think short-term, politicians worry about getting reelected and think short-term too, being corrupted by big money in politics. (www.mhealthtalk.com/inequality/)
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This defunding of the ACA is part of Republican sabotage and will likely hurt the 12 Democrats who voted with them, because healthcare is a top issue in this election, and the ACA is popular, especially the part about preexisting conditions.

With control of all three branches of government, Republicans should have had no problem replacing Obamacare but have not done that. Instead, they’ve weaken our healthcare system, driving up costs, and leaving tens of millions of low-income Americans without insurance.

Could it be that they know of the Harvard Medical School study of mortality rates and health insurance, which found that up to 25% of people without insurance die as a result? If Republicans knew that while still continuing sabotage efforts, then one must question their motives. Was it a form of voter suppression, because dead people don’t vote? That would make it Political Genocide - or political suicide if voters realize it.
(www.mHealthTalk.com/Modern-killing-fields/)
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As the world ages, where will the caregivers come from? And the tax payers?
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