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"Women are receiving lower-quality care and ultimately paying more for care than men, with worse outcomes. This is true of all women, but women who are poor and women of color have notably worse experiences with the healthcare system, including higher death rates."

"We have a healthcare system in place that keeps women sick, uninformed, and at the mercy of a system that was not created to treat her."

Also:

"Racial disparity continues to run rampant, and, according to a 2018 study from the American Journal of Public Health, medical expenditures increase income inequality of families across the country, materially forcing families below the federally poverty line."

#Inequality #healthcare #MedicareForAll #election2020 #Bermie2020
 
Quote of note:

"This work is particularly timely given that the U.S. is experiencing a rise in maternal mortality rates, over a time period when our peer countries are seeing a decline. Reducing financial burdens for maternity care could help augment national efforts to improve maternal-child health outcomes."

Via Giving Birth in America Is Getting Even More Expensive: Costs 'Staggering'

#healthcare #MedicareForAll #election2020 #Bernie2020
 
Quote of note:

"Joe Biden wants to 'protect and build on Obamacare'? Bitch, it’s not going to be here. John Roberts may have saved the Affordable Care Act once to prevent widespread disruption, but with the 'death of a thousand cuts' strategy the GOP has waged since that first opinion, there’s a colorable argument that the disruption wouldn’t tank any insurers at this point. The insured would get a real beating, but that’s not who Roberts worries about."

"If the Obamacare experiment teaches us anything, it’s that Republican judges will find even the most targeted health care reforms unconstitutional. Even the National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius decision upheld the law as a tax as opposed to a straightforward exercise of the commerce clause — a deliberate effort to kneecap any future efforts to regulate the healthcare industry."

Worth a read. Via Medicare For All Is The Only Viable Plan And The Fifth Circuit Just Proved It

#GOP #MedicareForAll #healthcare
Medicare For All Is The Only Viable Plan And The Fifth Circuit Just Proved It
 
Greed.

Insulin prices doubled between 2012 and 2016

"The historical excuse for pharma monopolists who conspired to rig prices on insulin was that hardly anyone paid full price -- everyone got their life-saving, non-optional medicine through health plans that negotiated a knock-down price."

"That was the line between 2012 and 2016, as median per-patient insulin costs rose 99%, to $5,705/year."

"But now prices are even higher -- and more and more people are paying full cost, as the monopolized health insurance sector has reduced benefits to insured people. The average insured person with diabetes is paying 60% more than they were in 2012 (and the rest of the increase is being borne by Medicare and employers)."

"People with diabetes are increasingly rationing their insulin, a practice that can be lethal."

#Insulin #BigPharma #corruption #healthcare
Insulin prices doubled between 2012 and 2016
 
Random stuff.

#Healthcare #MedicareForAll
Americans who can't afford health care are taking fish antibiotics
 
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Is America great again?


Remember had to buy antibiotics for my (back then) girl friend, they asked. $75 for the type I knew costed about $7 in Sweden without insurance!

This is just sick and criminal. Still don't understand that there hasn't been no low cost medical company selling products not covered by pharmaceutical patents?

#politics #healthcare #economy #fraud #UniversalHealthcare
 
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Is America great again?


Remember had to buy antibiotics for my (back then) girl friend, they asked. $75 for the type I knew costed about $7 in Sweden without insurance!

This is just sick and criminal. Still don't understand that there hasn't been no low cost medical company selling products not covered by pharmaceutical patents?

#politics #healthcare #economy #fraud #UniversalHealthcare
 
Thank you, progressives.

#healthcare
 
"A deeply funded lobbying group led by a former Hillary Clinton aide is out to kill the healthcare plan supported by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and other presidential contenders. The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future’s ideological roots go back to the Truman era."

#healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
I... am... shocked. Not.

BTW, the entire linkage between healthcare and profit is exactly what is wrong with healthcare in America. Healthcare is a human right and should be available to everyone.

Accidental study shows link between expanded health insurance and fewer deaths

"On the surface, it seems obvious that having health insurance would decrease the likelihood of death, but some economists are skeptical since uninsured people aren't completely excluded from health insurance. So an accidental study that took place in the final days of the Obama administration showing that the mortality rates did decline with increased coverage has other experts excited."

#healthcare
 

Tories Destroy our NHS and A&A

Facts


https://twitter.com/juniordrblog/status/1204294587331817472

#GE2019 #NHSCrisis #NHS #BorisTheLiar #BorisBot #BorisTheCoward #HandsOffOurNHS #Healthcare #SaveOurNHS #OurNHS #ToryLies #ToriesOut
 

Tories Destroy our NHS and A&A

Facts


https://twitter.com/juniordrblog/status/1204294587331817472

#GE2019 #NHSCrisis #NHS #BorisTheLiar #BorisBot #BorisTheCoward #HandsOffOurNHS #Healthcare #SaveOurNHS #OurNHS #ToryLies #ToriesOut
 
Democrats had better be careful lining up with healthcare industry lobbyists who are trying to get Americans to turn away from a desire for Medicare For All -- this will get Trump reelected. This is why I AM NOT A DEMOCRAT.

State lawmakers acknowledge lobbyists helped craft their op-eds attacking Medicare-for-all

"Lobbyists either helped draft or made extensive revisions to opinion columns published by three state lawmakers in a way that warned against the dangers of Medicare-for-all and other government involvement in health care, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post."

"Montana state Rep. Kathy Kelker (D) and Sen. Jen Gross (D) acknowledged in interviews that editorials they published separately about the single-payer health proposal included language provided by John MacDonald, a lobbyist and consultant in the state who disclosed in private emails that he worked for an unnamed client."

"Gross said MacDonald contacted her on behalf of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, a multimillion-dollar industry group founded in 2018 and funded by hospitals, private insurers, drug companies and other private health-care firms."

"Additionally, an aide to Ohio state Sen. Steve Huffman (R) confirmed in a brief interview that the lawmaker’s op-ed criticizing Medicare-for-all was written with the help of Kathleen DeLand, an Ohio-based lobbyist."

"None of the lawmakers’ columns discloses that they were written with the help of a lobbyist."

#MedicareForAll #healthcare #election2020
 
"The Trump administration wants to reduce the 'burden' on nursing home operators by relaxing rules governing the facilities. Critics see troubling implications for the care of millions of residents."

#Trump #GOP #ElderCare #healthcare
 
"A year after voters turned out in record numbers to help Democrats recapture the House majority with health care -- not the Russia investigation -- as their top concern, Republicans refuse to address their worst political liability heading toward the 2020 elections."

"Alarm bells are ringing in the deep-red South where Republicans have lost gubernatorial races this month in Kentucky and Louisiana -- despite rallies President Trump held to boost their prospects -- largely on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Republicans in Washington better hear them."

#election2020 #healthcare #GOP
 
"A year after voters turned out in record numbers to help Democrats recapture the House majority with health care -- not the Russia investigation -- as their top concern, Republicans refuse to address their worst political liability heading toward the 2020 elections."

"Alarm bells are ringing in the deep-red South where Republicans have lost gubernatorial races this month in Kentucky and Louisiana -- despite rallies President Trump held to boost their prospects -- largely on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Republicans in Washington better hear them."

#election2020 #healthcare #GOP
 
As mentioned elsewhere, the cruelty is the point.

Some of Trump’s Most Devious Lies Are About Health Care

"Losing Medicaid isn’t a pathway out of poverty. It’s a pathway to destitution. A randomized trial out of Oregon, for example, shows that getting Medicaid eliminated catastrophic medical bills and cut in half the rates of people who had to borrow money or skip other bills to pay for health care. Recent research also shows that Medicaid sharply reduces evictions."

#Trump #GOP #healthcare #corruption #ITMFA
 

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans | WSJ

Google is engaged with one of the country’s largest health-care systems to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states.

The initiative, code-named “Project Nightingale,” appears to be the biggest in a series of efforts by Silicon Valley giants to gain access to personal health data and establish a toehold in the massive health-care industry.
#technology #Google #health #HealthCare #ProjectNightingale
 
THIS says everything you need to know about the broken state of healthcare on Amerika...

Insurance won’t cover wheelchair for man with no legs

"Stories of people fighting with their insurance providers are all too common in America, but one man with zero legs is sharing what feels like a new low: His insurance company won’t get him a wheelchair."

"Around 2:30am on a mid-November night in 2017, good samaritan Mark Poss saw a couple whose car had broken down on the highway trying to push it to safety. He pulled over to help, but as they were moving the car, a drunk driver slammed his vehicle into them, instantly severing Poss’s legs."

"After about six months, Poss was able to start walking again with prosthetic legs. They help, but they don’t solve everything. Poss still deals with debilitating pain in his legs that is exacerbated by standing on the prosthetics. But when he submitted a claim to UnitedHealthcare requesting coverage for a wheelchair, the company denied it, BuzzFeed News reports."

#healthcare #FAIL
Insurance won’t cover wheelchair for man with no legs
 
Interesting...

California blocks a hospital merger amid concerns about religious limits on care

"California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has blocked a proposed merger of two sectarian hospital chains in Northern California, asserting that the deal had the 'potential to increase health costs, and potentially limits access and availability of healthcare services'."

"The merger would have brought together four Catholic hospitals operated by St. Joseph Health System and five hospitals owned by Adventist Health, which is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Both religious groups place restrictions on healthcare, particularly in the areas of reproductive health and gender identification."

#California #healthcare #discrimination
 
Quote of the day [2]:

"Newsweek reporter Karen Springen and I had blunt conversation about the economics of health care for the middle class. Perhaps I should have suggested we give up on the term middle class, and divide America into the Insured Class and the Uninsured Class."

"The difference between the IC’s (insured class) and the UC’s (uninsured class) would not be whether they were vulnerable to an economic collapse as a result of a medical problem. The difference would be how much vulnerability each group faces. The current health care finance system assures that everyone is vulnerable, and insurance makes the difference only between those who can be felled by one trip to the emergency room and those who are brought down financially only by the co-pays, uncovered expenses, and caps that eat them up when a more serious illness strikes."

"The bottom line in the Newsweek interview? Our current health care system puts nearly every family at risk."

Via The Uninsured Class

#MedicareForAll #healthcare
The Uninsured Class
 
This will most certainly be tested in the courts...

Trump scraps healthcare protections for LGBTQ patients

"The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule Friday scrapping LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections for federally-funded health programs."

"Under the new rule change, HHS grant recipients do not have to comply to nondiscrimination guidelines protecting queer and transgender patients."

"The National Center for Transgender Equality warned in a press release that the rule 'will allow anti-transgender discrimination in HIV and STI prevention programs, opioid programs, youth homelessness services, health professional training, substance use recovery programs', among other vital health care programs treating issues 'with a disparate impact on transgender people in the U.S.'."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #LGBTQ #ITMFA #equality #healthcare
Trump scraps healthcare protections for LGBTQ patients
 
Very nice. Sad & sick that the corrupt and greedy "system" of insurance care (not health care) - does this to people in the U.S. - bankruptcy, needless deaths, huge debt, lack of access to drugs and treatments, etc. Well done, John Olive!" Some great good here, "because he could"...
John Oliver buys $15 million of medical debt for $60,000 and forgives it all, because he could

#healthcare #health #insurance #healthcareforall #insurancecare #johnoliver #healthcosts #bankruptcy
 
"With a focus on climate change this year, the United Nations may be moving on, with or without America."

Trump used to steal the show at the UN. This year, it may be different.

"This year, the week-long event starts with two high-level meetings. One is on climate change. The other will cover universal health care. So two things that Trump wants nothing to do with."

"It’s quite the symbol of just how much the Trump administration has isolated the United States."

#ClimateChange #Healthcare #UN
 
Stating the obvious yet again: Red States are Regressive.

Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country's highest rates of cervical cancer.

"In 2007, two governments set into motion a massive public health experiment."

"One was the state of Texas, where lawmakers rejected a mandate to vaccinate adolescent girls against human papillomavirus, or HPV, a near-ubiquitous sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer. For more than a decade since, the number of Texas adolescents vaccinated against HPV has remained low."

"On the other side of the globe, Australia, a country with roughly the same size population and economy as Texas, was taking a radically different approach. Public health leaders there rolled out a nationwide program that offered the HPV vaccine to girls for free at their schools. The program, though optional, proved popular, and it later expanded to boys. Vaccine coverage grew rapidly, with up to 80% of teens becoming immunized over the next decade."

"Now, 12 years after Texas and Australia first veered onto wildly different courses regarding HPV prevention, their gap in health outcomes has widened demonstrably. Australia is on track to become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer, perhaps within a decade. Texas, meanwhile, has hardly made a dent in its rate of cervical cancer — which remains one of the highest in the United States, with an incidence comparable to that of some developing countries."

#GOP #healthcare #HPV
 
Poor Facebook.... couldn't happen to a less altruistic, more privacy-averse, data-mining company!

Under $5B FTC Settlement, Facebook Must Disclose Health Data Use


#socialmedia #privacy #facebook #healthcare #HIPPA #datamining #FTC #healthdata
 
"The Affordable Care Act was already in peril after a federal judge in Texas invalidated the entire law late last year. But the stakes were ramped up in March, when President Trump’s administration changed its position and agreed with the judge that the entire law, not just three pieces of it, should be scrapped."

"The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans is hearing arguments July 9 on an appeal of the judge’s ruling by a coalition of states. If the Texas decision were upheld, tens of millions more people would be affected than those who already rely on the nine-year-old law for health insurance. Also known as Obamacare, the law touches the lives of most Americans, from nursing mothers to people eating at chain restaurants."

"Here are some potential consequences, based on estimates by various groups."

#ACA #healthcare

The New York Times: What Happens if Obamacare Is Struck Down? (By REED ABELSON, ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR)

 
"A Kaiser Health News investigation in April found that older Americans — a few hundred per year, at least — are killing themselves while living in or transitioning to long-term care. Many cases KHN reviewed involved depression or mental illness. What’s not clear is how many of these suicides involve clear-minded people exercising what [is called] a rational choice."

"Suicide prevention experts contend that while it’s normal to think about death as we age, suicidal ideation is a sign that people need help. They argue that all suicides should be avoided by addressing mental health and helping seniors live a rich and fulfilling life."

#aging #RationalChoice #healthcare #seniors
 
Craven and depraved.

194 Republicans vote to fund Trump's effort to gut protections for preexisting conditions

"Instead of stopping Trump's health care sabotage, Republicans vote to stand on his side."

"On Thursday night, Republicans had the chance to show they would fight for Americans with preexisting conditions but sided with Trump's anti-health care agenda instead."

"Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) offered an amendment to a spending bill to prohibit any funding for litigation to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The amendment passed by a 238-194 vote, with Democrats unifying behind it but joined by only four Republicans."

"The rest of the GOP refused to stand up for the 134 million Americans who have preexisting conditions."

#GOP #ACA #PreexistingConditions #healthcare
 
"It's been a bit over two months since the last time Donald Trump said he was fixing to roll out a new healthcare plan, which went nowhere, so -- right on schedule! -- Trump is talking about rolling out a new healthcare plan that will also go nowhere, because he's just that smart. You see, Trump figures that since a lot of Democrats got elected to the House last year on a promise of protecting healthcare from his administration, it only makes sense to offer a real alternative to Obamacare, one even better than Medicare For All, by promising even more impressively positive adjectives without getting bogged down in details."

"Still, maybe this time it'll be different, since Trump took at least one very definite action on health last week. Get ready for the very new, surprisingly cost-effective Don't Cough Around MeCare plan."

#TrumpCare #healthcare #GOP #FAIL
 
Latest update:

"June 13, 2019"

"The Trump Administration finalizes a rule on health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that will likely lead employers to shift millions of workers from traditional employer-sponsored group health plans to individual coverage with a limited employer contribution. Under the rule, employers can forgo offering coverage and instead contribute money to a tax-free account for employees, who would then use it to help buy their own coverage. The complexity of enrolling in an individual plan (compared to employer coverage) could lead to more employees losing coverage and will make employees more susceptible to broker schemes that enroll them in skimpy plans instead of comprehensive coverage."

"Employers with sicker workers are likelier to take up this option, which could raise premiums for everyone in the marketplace. It comes at a cost to taxpayers of $51 billion over ten years — resources that could have been used to make existing forms of coverage more affordable.""

#ACA #healthcare #GOP
 
Trump administration imposes new restrictions on fetal tissue research, including ending HIV-research contract and some NIH funding

"The Trump administration on Wednesday canceled a multimillion-dollar contract with a California research lab that uses fetal tissue to test new HIV treatments in a significant tightening of federal support for biomedical science that relies on material collected from elective abortions."

"In disclosing the decision Wednesday, officials also announced discontinuation of funding of all research inside the National Institutes of Health that uses fetal tissue."

#science #healthcare #research
 
"There are all sorts of reasons why our healthcare system is truly messed up, but the fact that taxpayers pay for the development of critical life saving drugs, but then the government allows big pharma companies to effectively control the patent, extract massive monopoly rents, and then give them tax breaks for donating a tiny percentage... seems particularly fucked up."

#BigPharma #healthcare #corruption
 
YASS.

AOC bathes in Republican tears: GOP congressman triggered by attack on Big Pharma

"At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing this week, Republicans howled in bitter protest after Democrats dared to question the massive profits claimed by leading pharmaceutical companies while millions can't afford lifesaving medications."

"Daniel O'Day, the chairman and CEO of Gilead, was grilled by Democratic lawmakers on Thursday. Although Gilead is the leading US manufacturer of HIV drugs, only about 18% of the 1.1 million people in the U.S. at risk for HIV infections are currently taking its prevention drug Truvada. Democrats contended that that means preventable infections are occurring every day because of Gilead’s business model."

"Gilead charged $800 a month for Truvada when it was introduced in 2004. It now costs nearly $2000 a month and has earned Gilead about $36 billion since it was approved in 2004."

#GOP #BigPharma #healthcare #PriceGouging
 
Reason number 5,745 why we really need #MedicareForAll.

Johns Hopkins hospital sued poor and African American patients, study shows

"Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, filed more than 2,000 lawsuits often against poor and African American patients, and including many of their own neighbors, for unpaid medical bills, a new study has revealed."

"The hospital, one of the state’s largest, filed 2,400 lawsuits between 2009 and 2018 that totaled $4.8m in alleged debt from patients, according to a report from the American unions AFL-CIO and National Nurses United and community advocacy group Coalition for a Humane Hopkins. The median unpaid debt that led to a lawsuit was $1,438."

"The report took a closer look at suits against patients who live in Baltimore, which made up 46% of the total lawsuits the hospital filed. The zip codes with the most patients, according to the report, are made up of predominantly African American and low-income patients. Nine of 10 zip codes with the highest number of patients sued by JHH have poverty rates that are higher than the state average."

#Healthcare

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'Conservative Democrats.' Wow.

Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly’s Rural Voter Project Tied to Medicare for All Opponents

"A dark-money organization designed to help Democrats win rural votes in 2020 is getting support from anti-Medicare for All forces — and pushing their message with a pair of former Democratic senators."

"Last month, former Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., announced the launch of the One Country Project, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, to bring rural voters back to the Democratic Party. The group has already started working with the Democratic National Committee, according to Axios. Time Magazine reported that Heitkamp is using 'leftover campaign funds' for the project."

"Records show that the One Country Project’s website is registered to an executive at Forbes Tate Partners, a lobbying and public relations firm founded by former Clinton administration officials. The lobbying firm is leading the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, or PAHCF, the health industry-backed nonprofit created to crush momentum for a comprehensive universal health care system."

#Healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
"...on Monday, Trump issued a 'message' in which he said, in honor of National Women's Health Week, that he wants to strive to 'promote and support the health and well-being of our Nation's mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends'."

"'We also recommit to ensuring that women have access to the best health information, care, and treatment', Trump said in the proclamation. 'With comprehensive healthcare services and support, women will continue strengthening our country'."

"Of course, none of what the Trump administration has done on health care matches up with that goal."

"Trump has attacked women's health care at every turn."

"He's sought to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from charging women higher premiums and requires both contraception and maternity coverage."

"He's strengthened the so-called 'conscience clause' that would allow doctors to refuse medical treatments to women if they cite religious objections."

"He's tried to implement a 'gag rule' on doctors by preventing them from informing women of all their medical options surrounding pregnancies."

#WomensHealth #Healthcare #GOP
 
Shocker.

Republicans who said they’d protect people with pre-existing conditions vote against bill to do that

"The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would block the Trump administration from granting states the leeway to skirt Obamacare rules —- a measure designed to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions continue to receive affordable robust coverage — in a 236 to 183 vote. The bill is not expected to pass the GOP-controlled Senate, but even if it does, the president has threatened to veto the measure."

"Every House Democrat and four Republicans voted in favor of the bill, H.R. 986, known as the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. Meanwhile, 183 Republicans voted against it — including members who vowed in 2018 that they would protect people with pre-existing conditions."

#GOP #Healthcare #PreexistingConditions #ACA
Republicans who said they’d protect people with pre-existing conditions vote against bill to do that
 
"Workers with a steady paycheck already know that wages have been stubbornly slow to rise. Meanwhile, those who get health insurance through a job have seen their deductibles shoot up. In fact, says Noam Levey, a health care reporter for the Los Angeles Times, deductibles have, on average, quadrupled over the last dozen years. As a result, even some people who have health insurance are having trouble affording medical care. We talked with Levey about his latest reporting into how the issue is affecting workers and their families."

#healthcare
 

Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills - Los Angeles Times

The challenges are most severe for people with the highest deductibles, according to the poll: Nearly half of those in a plan with at least a $3,000 individual deductible or a $5,000 family deductible reported problems affording healthcare. Even Americans with chronic conditions such as diabetes use less medical care if they have a high-deductible plan, according to an analysis conducted for The Times by the Health Care Cost Institute, which examined three years of insurance data for 10 million workers.
#healthcare #BrokenSystem #HighDeductible
 

Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills - Los Angeles Times

The challenges are most severe for people with the highest deductibles, according to the poll: Nearly half of those in a plan with at least a $3,000 individual deductible or a $5,000 family deductible reported problems affording healthcare. Even Americans with chronic conditions such as diabetes use less medical care if they have a high-deductible plan, according to an analysis conducted for The Times by the Health Care Cost Institute, which examined three years of insurance data for 10 million workers.
#healthcare #BrokenSystem #HighDeductible
 
"...Sanders cautions that, even with Medicare for All’s overwhelming public support, a backlash from 'powerful special interests that continue to reap hundreds of billions of dollars from the status quo' will make passage of universal, single-payer healthcare a difficult fight. Sanders specifically calls out the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), an alliance of private interests—including lobbyists from the health insurance, private hospital and pharmaceutical industry—formed in the summer of 2018."

"Slides from a PAHCF presentation leaked to The Intercept outline two primary objectives for the alliance: 'change the national conversation around single payer/Medicare for All' and 'minimize the potential for this option in health care from becoming part of a national political party’s platform in 2020'."

#Healthcare #Bernie2020
 
No, Medicare is not Free

#medicare #healthcare #health
 
No, Medicare is not Free

#medicare #healthcare #health
 
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