Items tagged with: healthcare

Quote of note, and a highly recommended read:

"This fiasco is so monumental that it makes our recent failed presidents — George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — Mount Rushmore material by comparison."

Via The worst president. Ever.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Gee, who didn't see this coming?

Health care insurers expected to raise premiums by as much as 40% to recoup coronavirus losses

"Private health insurers are expected to raise premiums by as much as 40% to recoup the costs of coronavirus testing and treatment, according to a new analysis from Covered California, the state's health care marketplace."

"Though it remains unclear how much the coronavirus crisis will ultimately cost in health care expenditures, insurers will be submitting their 2021 rates to state regulators next month. Analyzing a wide range of models, Covered California expects that this year's care associated with the virus will cost between $34 billion and $251 billion, or between 2% of premiums and 21% of premiums. The analysis estimates that insurers would price the costs at double the rate into their 2021 premiums, projecting increases that range from as little as 4% to more than 40% for the 170 million workers and individuals who have private plans."

#capitalism #greed #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality

U.S. 'Wasted' Months Before Preparing for Virus Pandemic

"As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment."

"A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
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"As the Pentagon ordered 100,000 body bags to store the corpses of Americans killed by the Coronavirus, Governor Brian Kemp dictated that Georgia beaches must reopen, and declared any decision makers who refused to follow these orders would face prison and/or fines."

Via Georgia GOP governor orders several beaches to reopen days after acknowledging he’s woefully uneducated on coronavirus spread

#Georgia #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Georgia GOP governor orders several beaches to reopen days after acknowledging he’s woefully uneducated on coronavirus spread
Rest easy, everyone -- Jared Kushner, Boy Wonder, is on the case...

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"Early this year, Kushner reportedly advised Donald Trump that the coronavirus was not that dangerous – more a threat to public confidence, and the markets, than to public health. Trump stuck with that message for six tragic weeks, between the confirmation of the first US case and a belated federal decision to speed the development of test kits."

"And it was Kushner who helped write a disastrous Trump Oval Office speech on 12 March announcing a European travel ban that sent markets into a tailspin and travelers crowding into airports. It was Kushner who solicited help from the father of the fashion model Karlie Kloss, his sister-in-law, to ask a Facebook group of doctors what should be done about the virus."

"Pepper expressed concern that when a governor calls the White House, she has to talk to Kushner, who then decides, apparently unilaterally, what the state really needs."

Via Jared Kushner and his shadow corona unit: what is Trump's son-in-law up to?

#JaredKushner #Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
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"Our preparation for low-probability, high-consequence events like COVID-19 has largely been not to prepare — and we're seeing the painful results of that flawed strategy in real time."

Via 1 big thing: Why we're never ready for the big one

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care

"Thousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who’ve contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it’s not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military’s health insurance."

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Random stuff.

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Conservatives are determined to ‘own the libs’ during the pandemic — even if it gets people killed: GOP pollster
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"During normal presidencies, you expect the commander in chief to have the best data, know the most about what is going on and have the most far-sighted vision. Instead, Trump seems to be the least-informed adult in America."

Via Trump is always the last to figure it out

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
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"What we all choose to do outside of our hospitals has a direct and significant impact on what happens inside them. The more strictly that we all follow social distancing guidelines to the maximum extent that we can, the easier it will be for our healthcare workers to do their jobs. It is the only way to counteract an appalling federal response that inspires a mixture of anger, bafflement and disgust."

Via John Oliver Blasts Conservatives Touting Markets Over Lives During COVID-19 Pandemic

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
John Oliver Blasts Conservatives Touting Markets Over Lives During COVID-19 Pandemic
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"If you're poor, you die earlier. Your health is worse. You have far fewer resources to deal with basic problems. Even if your kids get into a good college—the supposed magic way out through hard work—the chances of graduating are not even 13% of those in the top quarter of the economic heap. A sudden financial problem will devastate. You pray the car won't break down, the kids don't get sick, an old winter coat will last another year. Billionaires expect you to show up to work at a time when that act might kill you because they must have their profits."

"Half the population is finally learning what it's like to be disposable, when they couldn’t purchase a Covid-19 test for love nor money, no matter how sick they seem, and yet celebrities are somehow able to get tested, just in case."

Via The Wealthy Learn What Low-Income People Already Knew

#inequality #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
Please read the entire article. That is all.

"Fully Republican-controlled states have rejected the as-rewritten-by-John-Roberts Medicaid expansion not because it’s unpopular and doesn’t work, but because it’s popular and works. It’s a deeply revolting worldview, but it doesn’t suddenly vanish during a pandemic."

"And, of course, the next step is scapegoating."

Via Denialism as an ethos

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #cruelty #inequality #healthcare #election2020
Denialism as an ethos
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"Forty years of defunding social services has left us with little in the way of a functional national government to respond to a major emergency. And every day that the president dodges responsibility or refuses to direct businesses to produce critical medical supplies, we become more and more like a failed state."

Via The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Shown That Capitalism Is Failing

#inequality #healthcare #capitalism #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Shown That Capitalism Is Failing
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"We don't know why these eight GOP senators couldn't bring themselves to vote for a bill even Mitch McConnell was backing, to help Americans in need during a pull-the-fire-alarm global pandemic. Maybe we could Google it, but thing is, we don't fucking care. Whatever selfish ideological picky-ass pissant reasons they had why this bill just wasn't perfect, we don't want to hear them. These senators just told you what they care about, and it's not whether your Nana dies of coronavirus or you go bankrupt because of the disease. They've got theirs, after all."

Via Naming And Shaming The 8 GOP ​Senators Who Don't Really Give A F*ck What Coronavirus Does To Your Nana

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Which Country Has Flattened the Curve for the Coronavirus?

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
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"The sky is falling. I’m not afraid to say it. A few weeks from now you may call me an alarmist; and I can live with that. Actually, I will keel over with happiness if I’m proven wrong."

Via A New York Doctor’s Coronavirus Warning: The Sky Is Falling

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
You be the judge on the underlying meaning here.

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Danger, Will Robinson.

"White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has seized on negotiations over how to handle the economic fallout of the coronavirus to push President Trump to use the crisis to bolster his “Buy American” agenda—starting with domestic production of key medical goods and equipment."

"His role, as described to The Daily Beast by several officials, has been aggressive enough to prompt serious pushback from other senior Trump officials, who are worried that Trump will be won over by the Buy American pitch, which will, in turn, have damaging consequences during the nation’s worst public-health and economic crises in years."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
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"Don’t just blame President Trump. Blame me — and all the other Republicans who aided and abetted and, yes, benefited from protecting a political party that has become dangerous to America. Some of us knew better."

"But we built this moment. And then we looked the other way."

"Many of us heard a warning sound we chose to ignore, like that rattle in your car you hear but figure will go away. Now we’re broken down, with plenty of time to think about what should have been done."

Via Republicans like me built this moment. Then we looked the other way.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Inside the Pro-Trump Facebook Group Where First Responders Call Coronavirus a Hoax

"The private Facebook group was formed last year to protest the IAFF’s official endorsement of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Trump encouraged his followers to join the Facebook group in May 2019."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
While Trump and the GOP play politics, people will die.

Trump World and Senate GOPers Want to Jam Pelosi on Coronavirus Stimulus

"As Congress works to pass a coronavirus relief bill authored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Republicans are approaching the next round of response to the outbreak—a possibly trillion-dollar-plus stimulus bill—with a blunt message to Democrats: This one’s ours."

"Both privately and publicly, Senate Republicans have groused in recent days about having been sidelined during negotiations over what has become known as the Phase 2 deal to address the coronavirus pandemic. That bill, which passed by an overwhelming bipartisan margin last week in the House, focused on expanding paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, and food security for those affected by the outbreak, plus increasing testing capability for the virus."

"Republican leadership told members on Tuesday to swallow their gripes and pass the bill, citing the harsh demands of addressing a national crisis. Those members have found solace in the possibility of turning the tables on Pelosi and House Democrats when the next phase of coronavirus response is soon considered. That bill, known as Phase 3, is set to be a sweeping response to a cratering economy. And with the House of Representatives on recess and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowing to keep the Senate in session until a stimulus is approved, the GOP will almost certainly have the first shot."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team

#Trump #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team

#Trump #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Trump said "I didn't know about" cutting pandemic response team. Here's a 2018 video of him talking about why he cut the team
Trump tells Governors: "You're on you're own..."

"President Trump told a group of governors Monday morning that they should not wait for the federal government to fill the growing demand for respirators needed to help people diagnosed with coronavirus."

"'Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves', Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times."

"'We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself'."

"The suggestion surprised some of the governors, who have been scrambling to contain the outbreak and are increasingly looking to the federal government for help with equipment, personnel and financial aid."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Italy is having a tough go of it. Best wishes to my Italian friends...

We should heed the warnings or we will reap the four winds.

Italy's coronavirus toll surges as worries grow over hospitals

"Italy recorded 368 more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, its biggest one day rise, amid growing concern about the ability of its strained health system to cope with the relentless increase in new cases."

"With 24,747 cases and 1,809 deaths by Sunday - a rise of 368 or 25% in the death toll in just 24 hours - Italy’s experience has offered an alarming example for other European countries which have begun seeing sharp rises in cases over recent days."

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
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"The barbarians didn’t destroy Rome. The Romans did all the heavy lifting. The barbarians were just there to knock down the fractured edifice of prior greatness."

Via The Fall of Rome, pt 2

#GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare #Amerika #FAIL
Quote of note (and a very apt description of Republican governance):

"You’ve partied like there’s no tomorrow. You and your bros drunk, smoked, snorted and fucked your way through the whole semester. You sat on the wall in front of the house and rated chicks. You had a pig party. You took road trips and tailgated and pissed in the fountain over at State. You vomited in the hedges at Homecoming. You dressed pledges up in blackface and led them around Quad on leashes. You duct-taped a nerd to a tree. You made a fuckton of cash selling weed and blow to the plebs."

"You vaguely remember going to a few classes, although you actually overslept your two o’clock once. And the only time you went to the library was to hit on girls."

"It was epic. But today finals start. You sit as far in the back as you can. You read the first question. And you have no fucking idea what you’re looking at."

Via Welcome to the Fall of Rome

#GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare #FAIL
I cannot vouch for the veracity of this letter, but I cannot find fault in it's logic or message.

TL;DR: "Take this shit seriously. Please."

Covid_19: Open letter from Italy to the international scientific community

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare #epidemiology
Covid_19: Open letter from Italy to the international scientific community
CT-Scans and X-Rays Display the Damage to the Lungs of COVID-19 Patients

"As the coronavirus swoops across the world doctors are sharing information and are coming across different ways of testing for it as time goes on. It appears that one of the ways of knowing whether or not you have the virus is through an X-ray or run a CT scan of your lungs."

"These X-rays may be able to determine whether or not you simply have the flu, or the coronavirus."

"The damage done to coronavirus-infected lungs is quite substantial, depending on the severity of each case."

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare #science
Quote of note:

"...this is a massive failure in leadership that stems from a massive defect in character. Trump is such a habitual liar that he is incapable of being honest, even when being honest would serve his interests. He is so impulsive, shortsighted, and undisciplined that he is unable to plan or even think beyond the moment. He is such a divisive and polarizing figure that he long ago lost the ability to unite the nation under any circumstances and for any cause. And he is so narcissistic and unreflective that he is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes. The president’s disordered personality makes him as ill-equipped to deal with a crisis as any president has ever been. With few exceptions, what Trump has said is not just useless; it is downright injurious."

Via The Trump Presidency Is Over

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Worth a read for you history buffs out there...

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"The modern world has suddenly become reacquainted with the oldest traveling companion of human history: existential dread and the fear of unavoidable, inscrutable death. No vaccine or antibiotic will save us for the time being. Because this experience has become foreign to modern people, we are, by and large, psychologically and culturally underequipped for the current coronavirus pandemic."

"To find the moral resources to tackle COVID-19, both its possible death toll and the fear that stalks our communities alongside the disease, we have to look at the resources built in the past. For me, that means examining how people of my tradition, Christians, and especially Lutherans, have handled the plagues of the past. And while people of all faiths, and none, are facing the disease, the distinctive approach to epidemics Christians have adopted over time is worth dusting off."

"The Christian response to plagues begins with some of Jesus’s most famous teachings: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'; 'Love your neighbor as yourself'; 'Greater love has no man than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends'. Put plainly, the Christian ethic in a time of plague considers that our own life must always be regarded as less important than that of our neighbor."

Via Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years
Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to respond to coronavirus crisis

"Despite mounting pleas from California and other states, the Trump administration isn’t allowing states to use Medicaid more freely to respond to the coronavirus crisis by expanding medical services."

"In previous emergencies, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 flu outbreak, both Republican and Democratic administrations loosened Medicaid rules to empower states to meet surging needs."

"But months into the current global disease outbreak, the White House and senior federal health officials haven’t taken the necessary steps to give states simple pathways to fully leverage the mammoth safety net program to prevent a wider epidemic."

"That’s making it harder for states to quickly sign up poor patients for coverage so they can get necessary testing or treatment if they are exposed to coronavirus."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Quote of note:

"We're in this weird moment right now where it's difficult for the media and public health experts to convey the severity of what's happening without sounding hysterical. It's like being the one person in a horror movie who knows they're in a horror movie."

Via 'He's a terrible person': Seth Meyers condemns Trump's plan to revoke food stamps amidst the coronavirus

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
This is craaaaazzzzzzzy.... I'm sitting here watching this 2 hour coronavorus special on CNN, and they are interviewing this guy still in isolation at Travis Air Force base that was evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruiseliner in Japan on 17 February. He keeps on testing positive for coronavirus, even though he has been in isolation for ~28 days, and the authorities there require 3 negative tests before they will accept the results (they are being very conservative in their protocol there apparently). This suggest there might actually be a false positive with the current test in that it could be falsely reporting an infection after the virus has died/gone dormant. Wow.

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
We've got sick people here in Seattle that can't get tested, but these fucking clowns seem to have no problems... un-fucking-believable.

"Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the latter of whom Trump named last week as the next White House chief of staff, both said in statements that the tests showed no infection after exposure to a coronavirus carrier at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last month in suburban Washington."

"The two lawmakers also said they were exhibiting no symptoms of respiratory illness, raising questions of why they were tested at all."

#GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
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"It’s like 9/11. People are shell-shocked."

Via with calls from corporate clients worried about coronavirus

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
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"Trump just trapped you in Europe."

Via ‘I’m a Full Nomad’: The Americans Fighting to Get Home

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
Overheard: "This will be the millennial test, to see who cares for their grandparents and parents when it really matters."

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
Profound quote of note (I have chosen to include the majority of Jim's post):

"...there are a few things that show us that reality is setting in in our society, if not necessarily in the White House. Virtually all professional and college sports are now shut down. Most universities are online only now. Many public schools have closed. More and more businesses are allowing employees to work from home."

"We are now in a liminal space. Our church introduced me to that term while we are searching to replace a minister who recently retired. A liminal space is that time between what was and what will be. Thanks to COVID-19, normal is what was. It is gone and will be gone for quite some time."

"Sadly, the beneficial effects of the social distancing that is finally coming into being will be delayed. Before we get to the benefits, we will experience the whirlwind that has been unleashed by months of denying the virus. This is just my estimate, but from all the published comparisons between the US outbreak and Italy’s, we are just a few days, probably less than a week, away from hospitals in the hot zones being over capacity and having to resort to excruciating levels of triage, literally choosing who lives and who dies."

"Also, Republicans are being dragged kicking and screaming into the realization that our healthcare system and our gig economy mean that huge swathes of our population, without government intervention, face bankruptcy and death with no chance of treatment."

"Each of us will have to choose how we live in this liminal space. For those who are able to go along with social distancing, we will need to learn to eat all our meals at home. We will need to find ways to occupy our time if we aren’t working and the usual sports entertainment is unavailable. But it is vital that we realize that despite being physically separated, we must embrace our shared humanity and the shared experience of facing the unknown together."

"Maybe there’s someone who lives close to you who is even higher risk than you are. Perhaps you can give them a call and ask if they’d like you to leave a meal at their door. Maybe you have acquaintances whose employment has disappeared today. Maybe you can slip them a few bucks if you can afford it. Maybe they’d also like a meal at their door."

"Even more frightening, is the 'what will be' for folks who must continue working. Somehow, grocery stores will have to stay open. Police and fire services have to continue, along with EMS, of course. Healthcare workers are soon to be completely overwhelmed and most likely sequestered for the duration of the outbreak in areas where hospitals near capacity. If you know families of those workers, maybe they could use a hand with errands or meals. They will be terrified about their loved ones staying healthy while on the front lines of this battle. Support those families any way you can."

Via We Are In A Liminal Space In The COVID-19 Outbreak

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #exploitation #healthcare
We Are In A Liminal Space In The COVID-19 Outbreak
While this is a local story, the impact on social service, charities, etc. nationwide could be devastating.

Coronavirus could plunge Pierce County’s fragile social safety net into ‘financial ruin’

"In the best of times, Tacoma and Pierce County service providers describe the area’s social safety net as a frayed and often underfunded patchwork, doing its best to serve the vulnerable populations that rely on it."

"So what happens to that precarious safety net in the worst of times?"

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
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