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Dec 17, 2019 7 tweets 5 min read
A bit about @PeteButtigieg's "wine cave" pals:

1) Launched the USA's second for-profit HMO and profited handsomely ($110,000 to $35 million)
2) Have wine cave with imported Austrian brick
3) Have owned two super yachts
4) Bailed out by taxpayers after 1980s savings/loan crisis @PeteButtigieg HMO receipt: dallasnews.com/news/2018/10/2…
Dec 1, 2019 59 tweets 26 min read
I'm going to listen to @P4AHCF Executive Director Lauren Crawford Shaver's recent talk radio interview and share some thoughts in this <THREAD>. The interview is available here: spaces.hightail.com/receive/A7d5Cs… #SinglePayerSunday The @P4AHCF "executive director" is being interviewed about her anti-#MedicareForAll project on a Washington State radio station that features three hours of Rush Limbaugh every morning. Please note that the "executive director" is a Democrat who worked for the Hillary campaign!
Nov 6, 2019 6 tweets 3 min read
Just read a tweet from a Very Serious health policy "wonk" saying he doesn't think #MedicareForAll will happen in his lifetime. Really?! I disagree. We can make it happen. We can make it happen within the first term of the next president. The status quo is a humanitarian crisis! Think about what happened after 3,000 Americans died on September 11th. Think about how quickly we changed how our government works -- think of all the policies and bureaucracies that changed. Well, *35,000* Americans will die this year from our health care non-system!
Oct 22, 2019 10 tweets 13 min read
Truly awesome -- Italian chef's kiss -- that the elites of our great "center-left" Democratic Party would consider ::checks notes:: billionaire Michael Bloomberg as the nominee nytimes.com/2019/10/22/us/… Love how they totally ignore the candidate -- @BernieSanders -- polling second right now.
Oct 17, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
"In Indiana, a cancer patient was hauled away from home in her pajamas in front of her three [kids]; too weak to climb the stairs to the women’s area of the jail, she spent the night in a men’s mental health unit where an inmate smeared feces on the wall." features.propublica.org/medical-debt/w… "In Utah, a man who had ignored orders to appear over an unpaid ambulance bill told friends he would rather die than go to jail; the day he was arrested, he snuck poison into the cell and ended his life." features.propublica.org/medical-debt/w…
Jul 22, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
That our government can’t even figure out how to regulate *ambulances* speaks to the appallingly low quality of governance in this country and the enormity of its corruption problem

Ambulances don’t bankrupt people in normal countries

Politicians should be able to stop this We have public servants negotiating contracts with ambulance providers that allow them to basically defraud patients with surprise bills. This is insane.
Jul 18, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
"It is not “government-run health care.” It is “government-run health insurance.” Like with Medicare today, health care would be provided by independent doctors and hospitals." thehill.com/opinion/health… "A buy-in would leave the complicated multi-payer system in place, so the opportunities for savings on paperwork and pharmaceuticals would disappear. Moreover, the health insurance industry would use every tactic it knows to push the sickest people into the public option..."
May 6, 2019 9 tweets 4 min read
The @washingtonpost editorial board: “we have ours and don’t care who else suffers and dies” beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-ma… 1) #MedicareForAll is "highly disruptive"? Improving and expanding a popular social insurance program to all? Would the @washingtonpost prefer we "expand the ACA" and give seniors tax credits? Less "disruptive"?
2) Doing European-quality managed-competition would be just as hard!
Mar 22, 2019 32 tweets 11 min read
Guaranteeing health care as a basic social right is not a "radical idea." In this <THREAD>, I'm going to share constitutions from across Europe that guarantee health care as a right. #MedicareForAll Czech Republic 🇨🇿: "Everyone has the right to the protection of their health. Citizens shall have the right, on the basis of public insurance, to free medical care and to medical aids under conditions provided for by law." usoud.cz/fileadmin/user…
Jan 7, 2019 15 tweets 4 min read
Let's take a look at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital "chargemaster" oshpd.ca.gov/data-and-repor… PURELL/HAND SANITIZER 4.25 OZ: $21
Dec 30, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
<THREAD> I wanted to criticize this crappy proposal in one tweet, but 280 characters is not enough! A "55-64 Medicare buy-in" is terrible health care policy that enriches the private health insurers and places additional burden on Medicare and taxpayers. #SinglePayerSunday First, a 55-64 buy-in relieves private health insurers of the oldest, sickest and most expensive patients they currently insure by sending many of them to the public #SinglePayer program. At the same time, *insurers get to keep the profitable younger and healthier patients!*
Dec 13, 2018 38 tweets 20 min read
Let's take a look at this Vox piece vox.com/2018/12/13/181… Not a single Democrat has proposed socialized medicine (i.e. doctors are employees of the government and hospitals owned by the government) for universal health care, so not a single Democrat has proposed "government-run health care." This is basic stuff, @voxdotcom.
Dec 8, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Why millions of unlucky Americans will get stuck with gigantic medical bills come January 1 bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @business #MedicareForAll For the ACA boosters in the back of the room -- @NeeraTanden, you! -- this sort of thing is exactly why it's absurd to suggest the ACA is some form of "universal health care." Universal health care systems don't allow patients to be financial victims of contract negotiations.
Oct 10, 2018 13 tweets 10 min read
Sorry to make my followers freaking angry, but we need to push back on this garbage usatoday.com/story/opinion/… #MedicareForAll No, @realDonaldTrump, #MedicareForAll doesn't end Medicare for seniors or "take away benefits"! Rather, it *expands* Medicare to everyone -- increasing young and healthy in the insurance pool -- which allows for huge *improvement* and *expansion* of benefits. A better Medicare!
Oct 4, 2018 8 tweets 5 min read
Still can't get over how @AHIPCoverage describes being a slave to your boss for health care as a happy "accident of history," like the discovery of beer.

What a pathetic organization.

#MedicareForAll How do you guys feel about the private health insurance lobby saying that it would be better to get a slightly nicer private health insurance plan than an actual raise? How fucked up is it that this is even a trade-off?