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Marijuana is safer than pharma

Cannabis is Safer.

Legalize marijuana in New Jersey? Your choice for governor will determine that. (Democrat versus Republican). And: Pro-Legalization Congressman To Target Anti-Cannabis Lawmakers. [22]. And: Canada. Airport security stops calling police on passengers carrying prescription pot. And: Legal marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study finds. Opioid-related deaths fell 6.5% after recreational marijuana legalized. [23]. And: Former Mexican President Imagines Future Where Legal Weed Is an Internationally Traded Cash Crop.

The Trump tax plan would make the rich richer. An Open Letter to Apple CEO Mr. Tim Cook from 131 organizations to immediately remove numerous apps that are promoting war on drugs in the Philippines that has killed 13,000 people. [24]. And: Now you can add a marijuana degree to your higher education. [25] .And: 29 states have legal pot. Jeff Sessions wants to stamp it out, and he's closer than you think. [26]. And: Police brutality. Cop who forcibly arrested nurse for refusing to draw blood is fired. Previously disciplined for sexual harassment. And: 8 things Trump's done to hurt women and girls since taking office. [27][28][29]. And: London, UK: MPs join medical marijuana protest outside Parliament. And: Canadian Doctors Explain Universal Health Care. A video. [30][31]. And: Why Dr. Oz Thinks Medical Marijuana Can Solve The Opioid Crisis. [32][33][34][35][36][37].
NRA history of mandatory minimum sentencing and drug war. Atlanta, Georgia decriminalizes marijuana. [38]. And Youtube: Tom Petty music video - You Don't Know How It Feels. "let's roll another joint." [39][40]. And: 80 Years Ago This Week, Federal Marijuana Prohibition Began With These Arrests. And: Federal Court Ruling a Huge Victory for Cannabis Business Owners. And: Costly medical marijuana pushes patients to street sales. And: Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime.

Drugs involved in U.S. overdose deaths, 2000 to 2016

Drugs involved in U.S. overdose deaths, 2000 to 2016. Compare to peak HIV-AIDS deaths: [1][2].

Two Chicago cops take a knee

Two Chicago cops take a knee.

Why the decriminalisation of marijuana is a civil rights cause. Al Sharpton. [41]. And: Harris County, Texas DA Stops Prosecuting Drug Cases Involving Minuscule Amounts. And: Chicago cops to be punished for ‘taking a knee’ in protest against police brutality. And: America’s opioid problem is so bad it’s cutting into U.S. life expectancy. And: Big Pharma Losing Grip as Study Shows Nearly 100% of Cannabis Users Give Up Rx Pain Meds. And: Iceland Gets Cooler with Proposal to Legalize Cannabis. [42].

Lesotho. This Tiny Nation Just Became Africa’s Medical Cannabis Leader. [43]. And: 41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids. And: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to kill eldest son if 'rumours' are true. And: Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform. And: New Study Finds Legal Cannabis Equals Fewer Pharmaceuticals. And: “I’m not a criminal:” Indiana man criminally charged for possessing CBD oil. And: Federal drug agency asks Rhode Island for medical marijuana patient data. And: British Columbia may not follow Ontario’s pot distribution system: Premier Horgan.

Country Life expectancy Infant mortality rate Healthcare cost per person (2). (US dollars. PPP)
Canada 82.2 years.(2) 4.9 per 1000 births. $4,608 in 2015. Public and private costs.
USA 79.3 years.(2) 6.5 per 1000 births. $9,451 in 2015. Public and private costs.

Why Are Opioid Painkillers Legal But Marijuana Isn't? And: Federal government knew cannabis cured epilepsy over 60 years ago and still made it a Schedule 1 drug. And: Sheriffs Say Marijuana Legalization Should Be Overturned Because It Makes Them Uncomfortable. Colorado.

Bernie Sanders on marijuana and Wall Street
The dam is breaking on Democrats’ embrace of single-payer.

Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular Politician in America, Poll Says. See Bernie on Colbert's Show [44]. And: LA Times editorial board: Trump and Sessions are ignoring voters' overwhelming support for medical marijuana. Will Congress listen? [45]. See: Temporary reprieve. [46]. Global Marijuana March. May 5, 2018. Global mass insurrection against Republican-led mass incarceration. And: Hooked, hoodwinked: Some drug rehabs aim for relapse and money. And: ‘Return my bong’: Ontario man protests in underwear outside courthouses, police stations. And: Oral, saliva, and urine measurement of THC intoxication level is not feasible, study concludes.
Green gold: how China quietly grew into a cannabis superpower. Half of world's hemp cultivation.

Anti-Drug Philippine President Duterte’s Son Accused in $125-Million Drug Shipment. [47]. And: Philippines. Duterte faces nationwide revolt over drugs war after killing of schoolboy sparks outrage. And: Philippines’ Catholic Church sounds alarm amid Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown. [48]

India issues its first-ever license to grow medicinal cannabis for research purposes. 2nd Most Populated Country. And: Utah Launches Medical Cannabis Signature Drive for November 2018 ballot issue. And: Federal judge blocks prosecution of Northern California pot growers. Jeff Sessions opposes restrictions. And: Federal Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Patient Can Sue For Being Denied Job Over Failed Drug Test. And: Justice Department (Jeff Sessions) Shuts Down Marijuana Research At DEA.

"They can move in and out of any software still hardwired to their system. That means that anyone we haven't unplugged is potentially an agent. Inside the matrix, they are everyone and they are no one." Morpheus. [49].

The racist Matrix
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Matrix woman in red dress 720p full

Lexington, Kentucky mayor announces all Confederate statues are coming down because of Charlottesville. And: Philippines newspaper. "Marijuana as Medicine" on front page. And: Heather Heyer, the woman killed in Virginia was destined to be face of change, mom says. [50]. And: Indiana lawmaker pushes for medical marijuana to curb opioid epidemic. His fellow Republicans are the ones likely to block him. Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville. [51][52][53][54][55][56].


Dear America, universal health care is what real freedom looks like. USA Today. And: IT COSTS LESS. [57][58]. And: In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime. NPR. CBC. [59][60][61][62][63]. And: 90% of drug control money is spent on health care, just 10% on police enforcement.
Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana and minimum wage.

Hours per week at minimum wage to rent a one-bedroom apartment

Source [3][4]. Bernie Sanders.

Single payer will save money

List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.

Illinois Is Officially The 21st State To Decriminalize Weed. And: India. The people of Mumbai (also known as Bombay) talk about marijuana. Youtube.

Poll. Voters support single payer Medicare-for-all 51 - 38 percent. As do doctors. And: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita. Click any year to sort highest to lowest cost per person. See: Australian single payer.

Here's what happened when a Republican senator challenged a Canadian doctor on their single-payer health care system. Bernie Sanders videos. Canadian MSNBC anchor versus Republican congressman.

Since decriminalizing all drugs in 2001, Portugal's overdose rate has decreased by ~75% and now has one of the lowest overdose rates in all of Europe. [64][65][66]. Overdose death rates by country. [67][68].

Drug induced deaths per million population, ages 15-64. By country

Medicare for ALL. Medicare spends less than 2 percent on bureaucracy. 1.4% to be exact. And: Nearly a third of our health care dollars go to something other than health care. And: Universal healthcare and drug war.

Medicare means waste less money on bureaucracy

Senator Cory Booker Debuts ‘Marijuana Justice Act’ to Legalize Cannabis, & support racial justice. [70][71].

Marijuana was the secret to ending this woman's heroin addiction

Her mom said "Why don't you just smoke some weed?"

Cigarette box warnings in Australia

Cigarette box warnings in Australia. Tobacco causes one in ten deaths globally. [5]

2017 June 22. Healthcare protest at office of Senator Mitch McConnell

June 22, 2017. Healthcare protest at office of Senator Mitch McConnell.

Big Pharma CEO pay versus median income. PNHP

Big Pharma CEO pay. [6].

Massachusetts governor signs bill to allow recreational pot. [72]. Marijuana should be legalised in India for medical purposes: Maneka Gandhi And: Trump Said Sacks Of Drugs Are Falling On Peoples’ Heads. A Congressman’s Response Is Perfect. And: Landmark Study Shows Legal Marijuana Sales Reduce Crime. And: Why Are So Many People Dying from Opiate Overdoses? It's Our Broken Society. Absurdly low minimum wage too..
USA. National Public Radio parrots minimum wage lies. [73]. And: $750,000 settlement after woman dies after going through heroin withdrawal in Mason County, Kentucky jail. And: Washington state distracted driving law starts July 23. And: Medicaid enrollees largely satisfied with the health care they receive. [74]. And: Marijuana was the secret to ending this woman's addiction to heroin. Video. [75]. And: Philip Morris: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia. And: Trump-supporting sheriff in Butler County, Ohio (heart of opioid epidemic): My deputies won't use Narcan. [76]. And: Jeff Sessions: Anti-Weed Crusader Received Big Money From Big Tobacco. And: American Media Silent After UN Just Called for Decriminalizing Drug Use Worldwide.
Greece legalises marijuana for medical purposes. That makes 6 EU countries. [77]. And: District of Cannabis. It’s summer, and Washington DC smells like weed. Everywhere, all the time. And: Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 To $7.70. And: Lobbyists Have Pushed for a Big Pharma Monopoly on CBD. And: United Nations and World Health Organisation call for drugs to be decriminalised. [78].

20 million more uninsured = 20,000+ more deaths yearly. [79]. And: Politifact: Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported. June 27, 2017. See article sidebar for many sources. [80][81][82][83][84][85]. And: Politifact: Paul Ryan wrong that most of the 22 million uninsured would be uninsured by choice. [86]. And: 17 Charts and Figures that show the US is not as developed as you’d think. America is not great. [87]. And: 93% of Patients Prefer Cannabis Over Opioids For Managing Pain, According to New Study. And: Medicaid Could Have Saved $1 Billion If Medical Marijuana Was Legalized nationwide. And: How Big Tobacco-style marketing propels U.S. opioid crisis — and powers $400 billion pharma industry. [88][89][90][91].
Nevada becomes 5th state to legalise marijuana for recreational use. [92]. And: Catalonia region of Spain legalises marijuana consumption, cultivation, and distribution. And: 43 arrested. Blood on the floor. Protester: Mitch McConnell Thinks Disabled Americans Are ‘Better Off Dead’. [93][94]. And: Bernie Sanders Slams ‘Moral Outrage’ Of Trumpcare At Pittsburgh Rally. $500 billion in tax breaks to the top two percent. [95]. And: Marijuana legalization doesn't lead to more fatal car crashes. American Journal of Public Health. And: The GOP Health Care Bill Will Doom Millions Of People Struggling With Addiction. And: Healthcare groups issue scathing criticism of Senate bill. Trumpcare 4.0. [96]. And: Do We Really Need A Middleman (private insurers) In Our Broken Health Care System? [97][98]. And: Officer who shot Philando Castile said smell of marijuana made him fear for his life. [99]. And: Brockton, Massachusetts. Firefighters agree to a drug test policy that excludes pot. And: New Jersey Democrats Begin Push to Legalize Marijuana. And: Oklahoma voters will decide fate of medical marijuana. And: Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana. And: How Swiss Marijuana Reform Will Lead To Full Legalization In Europe.

Jeff Sessions KKK was OK until I learned they smoked pot

Jeff Sessions OK.

Bill Maher on slavery, Jim Crow, and drug war

Artist Projects Image Of Jeff Sessions In KKK Hood Across Department Of Justice. And: Senate introduces bill to end federal medical marijuana prohibition. [100][101]. And: Sessions asks Congress to let him prosecute medical pot shops, patients. [102]. And: Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the "Historic Drug Epidemic" - Scientific American. [103]. And: This Arab country is among list of places that smoke most hash. And: Coffee, Cocoa, Cannabis: New Push to Legalize Marijuana Launched in Switzerland. And: Holy Smoke: Israel Begins Decriminalizing Cannabis. [104][105]. And: France Just Ended Prison Terms For Marijuana Use. [106][107][108][109]. And: Uruguay, the first country where you can smoke marijuana wherever you like. And: "I Was Wrong": Former Judge Treated With Cannabis Oil Regrets Having Sent People to Jail for It. And: Duterte tells troops they can RAPE women in 'joke' as he rallies soldiers battling foreign fighters in ISIS 'invasion' of besieged Philippines city. [110][111][112]
Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2017-18 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage. Democratic Party, following Bernie Sanders lead, proposes bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Republicans oppose raising federal minimum wage. [113] [114].
Trumpcare 3.0 Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured, Budget Office Says. [115]. And: Vermont's Republican Governor Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization bill of Democrat legislature. And: Democrats pick up two GOP-held legislative seats, the first flips of the Trump era. And: Trump Called Rodrigo Duterte to Congratulate Him on His Murderous Drug War: “You Are Doing an Amazing Job”. [116][117]. And: California. Single-Payer Would Cost A Third of Current Health Care Costs Per Family.
Conservative morons worldwide: British Prime Minister Just Claimed Cannabis Leads To Heroin And Suicide. And: American Legion to Trump: Allow marijuana research for vets. [118]. And: Marijuana convictions go up in smoke with California legalization. And: Cannabis may help wean people off crack, study finds. And: Trump thinks health insurance costs $15 a month. And: Doctors hate Trumpcare. And: Prison healthcare, deaths. And: At heated North Dakota town hall watch a man stuff money into shirt Of GOP Congressman Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare. [119][120].
Jeff Sessions once wanted to execute pot dealers. And: Georgia Cop Decides A Sober Woman Is High On Marijuana, Jails Her. And: Criminal Charges For Georgia Police Officers punching and kicking handcuffed marijuana user in head. [121][122][123]. And: Jeff Sessions Rolls Back Obama-Era Drug Sentencing Reforms. Harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes. [124][125][126][127][128][129][130][131][132]. And: 'The Drug Whisperer': Drivers arrested while stone cold sober by dumbass Georgia cops. And: Willie Nelson to Jeff Sessions: Smoke Some Pot.

Sao Paulo 2017 May 6 Brazil crowd

Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 6, 2017.

Gigantic rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Global Marijuana March. May 6, 2017. Videos [133][134] Event. And: Cape Town, South Africa. Videos [135][136] Event. And: Huge joint rolls through New York City. [137][138].

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

Universal health coverage. Not a radical idea

Time For Single-Payer Healthcare.

Life expectancy versus health expenditure over time. 1970-2014

Life expectancy versus health expenditure. [7].

2017 Global Marijuana March. [139]. And: Cannabis Festivals 2017-2018 | Man, I'm hungry. | Everfest. And: World Naked Gardening Day is May 6th. Your marijuana garden needs love too Face-smile.

Poll: Bernie Sanders is most popular U.S. politician [140]. And: Bernie Sanders And Democrats Introduce A New $15 Minimum Wage Bill. And: When Trump was an independent, like Bernie Sanders, and more logical, Trump supported Single-Payer. And: Patrick Stewart Reveals He Uses Marijuana Daily To Help With Arthritis Symptoms. And: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Calls For Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition.
Much better healthcare in Canada, Britain, France. I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific. [141][142][143][144][145]. And: Medical marijuana could save Medicaid $1 billion in prescription drug costs. [146][147]. And: West Virginia becomes 29th state to legalize medical marijuana. [148][149]. And: Republican Governor, Terry Branstad, rolls back local minimum wage increases in Iowa.

The 'unimaginable' premium hikes of Trumpcare 2.0 for people with pre-existing conditions. And: Republicans To Vote To Take Away Health Care For Those Tens of Millions. [150][151][152]. And: Poll: Trump, Democrats and Republicans all unpopular.

More Than Half of American Adults Have Tried Pot. [153]. Among current users: 14% Republicans, 43% Democrats, 42% independents. And: USA. Marijuana legalization support at all-time high. [154]. And: Smoke pot in Oregon? Your name now protected from feds. And: New Mexico's Republican governor vetoes a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana for opioid addiction. And: She also vetoed the 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Bill. And: Idaho's Republican governor vetoes a broadly-supported asset forfeiture reform bill.

Bernie Sanders To Introduce Single-Payer Health Care Bill In Senate. And: For The First Time Ever, The Federal Government Is Referring To Marijuana As Medicine. And: Bernie Sanders: Americans pay highest prices for pharmaceutical drugs in the world. And: Canada has universal health care, and higher minimum wage than USA. And: The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids. [155][156][157]. And: Trump's Health Care Plan Could Exacerbate Opioid Epidemic, But Medical Marijuana Could Help. [158][159]. And: Former premiers and Australian police chiefs call for drug decriminalisation. [160]. And: NPR: Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment.

17,000 more people annually could die in 2018 if Trumpcare becomes law. 14 million more people uninsured in 2018. 24 million in 2026. 29,000 more dead annually in 2026. Single-Payer for California. Great healthcare for half the cost of Trumpcare. And: Canada: Show health card, get free care. and The $0 Alternative To Trumpcare. See chart below. USA versus top ten healthiest nations. Vancouver's top doctor to Trudeau: Decriminalize all illicit drugs, now. Using Portugal's model. [161][162]. End drug war with universal healthcare. List of countries with universal health care.

USA versus top ten healthiest countries 3

 Wikipedia country lists: Life expectancy.
 And: Total health expenditure per capita.
 Those numbers will change over time.

Quinnipiac poll: 71% oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where the drug is legal. And: Canada. Human rights board orders insurer to pay medical marijuana costs in precedent-setting case [163].

Bernie Sanders wins CNN healthcare debate with Ted Cruz.
USA. The highest drug prices in the world

Source. Bernie Sanders.

No deductibles on basic Canadian health care. Co-pays are extremely low or non-existent. And: Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [164]. One reason why: Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare.

Single-Payer Healthcare. [165]. Higher life expectancy at half the cost. And: Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [166]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill more than 43,000 people annually, and 30 million will lose their healthcare coverage. Physicians for a National Health Program. And: A Trump Fan Cheering Obamacare Repeal Just Found Out He’s On Obamacare. Hilarity Ensues. And: 15 charts that show how Obamacare works now — and how Republicans would overhaul it.
See: More News. And: Cannabis is safer.

Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana and minimum wage.

Poll. US voters support single payer Medicare-for-all 51 - 38 percent. As do doctors. See: Australian single payer. And: It costs less. Bernie Sanders videos: A Republican senator challenged a Canadian doctor on their single-payer health care. 2. Chart: Portugal's drug decriminalization. 2.3. And: U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared To 10 Other Countries.

Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana and minimum wage.

A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. 2. By Danielle Keane, NORML political director. 2016. "Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher. Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher." For your state see: Congressional Scorecard. NORML. Grading was based upon members' voting records.

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Share links: Singlepayer and Healthcare. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: End drug war with universal healthcare.

See: Wikipedia: Health in Portugal and Wikipedia: Drug policy of Portugal. See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links. See: Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.

Developed world paying half of what USA spends on healthcare.

Health care cost timeline by nation

Info: [8][9][10][11][12]. Image source.

USA Today article: Countries spending the most on health care, from 2015 Nov 14. Quote:

"Though the United States spends far more on health care than any other nation, life expectancy of the average American is only 78.8 years, lower than the OECD average and the lowest among the top spending nations."
Single-Payer Healthcare. Higher life expectancy at half the cost. Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [167]. Why? Canadians pay so much less for more comprehensive healthcare.
Country Life expectancy Infant mortality rate Healthcare cost per person
(2). (US dollars. PPP)
Murder rate
per 100,000
Canada 82.2 years.(2) 4.9 per 1000 births. $4,608 in 2015 1.5
USA 79.3 years.(2) 6.5 per 1000 births. $9,451 in 2015 3.9
Murder rate is lower in Canada due to far less handgun ownership.
Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [168]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.

Gallup poll: Majority in U.S. Support Single Payer Healthcare. May 16, 2016. As do doctors. [169].

Cut Republican big spending: Ground wars, drug wars, and US healthcare costs and incarceration costs. See: Business people for Single-payer Healthcare. Fed up with uncontrollable costs of U.S. healthcare.

Portugal

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Portugal. Decriminalizing Drugs: When Free Treatment Replaces Prison. New York Times.

- Portugal's universal healthcare and harm-reduction drug reform, versus Republican War on Drugs.

Video describes how Portugal's decriminalization and harm reduction reconnects people. 2.. And: Times of London has called for drug decriminalization using Portugal's model. 2.

More on Canada

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Patients can grow their own medical pot in Canada under new rules. [170][171].

Total healthcare costs by country per person

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Note the lower healthcare cost per person in Canada for all healthcare costs (public and private):

Average total healthcare spending (public and private) per person for various developed nations

Above chart is from: US Health Care Spending More than Twice the Average for Developed Countries | Mercatus. Canada's single-payer universal healthcare costs less per person than U.S. healthcare. [172][173]. For more country info and charts: [174][175].

Chart below is from: Per capita healthcare costs — international comparison.

Total healthcare spending per capita by country


An economist says Bernie's universal healthcare would save $6 trillion over 10 years. 2. A Chicago Tribune article: In Europe, Sanders would be center-right. And: Nurses Applaud New Sanders Plan for Healthcare for All. 2.3.
President of Physicians for a National Health Program: Single-Payer is The Only System that can Achieve Universal Health Care.

Trillions of dollars

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Census Data 'Starkly Illustrates' the Time for Single Payer Is Now.. September 13, 2016 by Common Dreams. The failure of private health insurance.
Republicans think they can spend an infinite amount of money (many trillions of dollars) on health-insurance-company-based healthcare, and have an infinite number of babies, to feed their appetite for endless ground wars, and for more inmates for more prisons for more drug war.
World population milestones
Bernie Sanders is right. Single-Payer Healthcare costs less per person. 1.2.3. Wikipedia: Comparison of the health care systems in Canada and the USA. And: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita. And: Canada, the nation that will legalize cannabis under Trudeau, has single payer.
Bernie Sanders on Affordable Care Act

Facebook comments.

Universal health coverage by country

Universal health care

58 countries with universal health care in 2009, according to Stuckler, et al.[1]

██ 58 countries with legislation mandating universal health care, along with >90% health insurance coverage, and >90% skilled birth attendance.

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Universal healthcare and harm reduction

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Bernie Sanders on US healthcare versus world

Facebook comments.

Portugal decriminalized drugs (based on harm reduction), and has universal healthcare.

In the USA the Tea Party should support single-payer Canadian healthcare! It is universal healthcare, and gets better health results on average compared to the US. And it costs less per capita.. Many US physicians support single payer.

Also, the Tea Party should support harm reduction in Portugal. It saves billions of dollars by not putting people in jail for drugs. It saves billions more in court and policing costs.

Universal healthcare is the norm in Europe and is essential to Portugal's decriminalization of drugs.

"Imagine if the government chased sick people with diabetes, put a tax on insulin and drove it into the black market, told doctors they couldn’t treat them, ... and then sent them to jail. If we did that, everyone would know we were crazy. Yet we do practically the same thing every day in the week to sick people hooked on drugs." - Billie Holiday, 1956.

Majority of Americans support Medicare-for-all

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Health expenditure per capita by country, 2013 (or nearest year)


Republican Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world.


An economist says Bernie's universal healthcare would save $6 trillion over 10 years. 2. A Chicago Tribune article: In Europe, Sanders would be center-right. And: Nurses Applaud New Sanders Plan for Healthcare for All. 2.3.
The VA: Another reason for single payer. Physicians for a National Health Program.

Health insurance administration costs

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Obamacare is better than the old healthcare system. Drug rehab for harder drugs is now paid for by Obamacare. It is far cheaper than jail. But Obamacare does not cover everybody because of the incredible waste of health insurance companies. Single-payer covers everybody (including veterans, most of whom are only partially covered by Veterans Administration care).

"We're talking about an overhead of about less than 3 percent [in Medicare], which is in huge contrast to private insurance companies, which runs in the double digits, often as high as 18 percent."

Single payer is much easier to use (almost no paperwork for patients), is far cheaper per capita [176], and gets better overall health results.

Medical bankruptcies in the USA

62% in 2007 (before the Great Recession). Was 8% in 1981. See the study by Harvard researchers, and more.

Health insurance companies suck money from their hosts, but provide no tangible service. Just like toll-road companies. See: Toll Roads Are A Bad Idea. Both just handle the money, and take a cut of the money. Health insurance companies build costly buildings to house the accounting staff, and claim deniers. Toll companies build costly 16-lane toll plazas, often on expensive urban land.

More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick. July 26, 2015. "In Minnesota, the share of people with health insurance has climbed to 95 percent from 91 percent since 2013, as the federal Affordable Care Act has taken hold. But insurers such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Medica have competed hard to hold down premiums as more people shopped for coverage; one way to do that is to offer more products with high deductibles and other forms of 'co-insurance.' ... As a result, even those with health insurance can face out-of-pocket costs that run to thousands of dollars, and health care providers, big and small, are seeing more bills that are left unpaid. Court cases filed by health firms seeking repayment have more than doubled since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state court records."

Doctors quitting because of bureaucracy

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Before Obamacare started in January 2014

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Medical debt in USA. National Health Interview Survey

Source document is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cannabis is safer

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See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire 2

Obama on medical marijuana and drugs
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [189][190][191].

U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

Drug war, control, mass incarceration

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America's mass incarceration
See: Drug war, control, and Republican-led income inequality. And: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns. And: US incarceration peaked in 2008. And: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA. And: List of countries and U.S. states by incarceration rate.
See articles: Cannabis prisoners and Drug war cost charts, infographics..
The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.
Jail, jail deaths (2), and bail. A Lot Of People Are Dying At This Understaffed Texas Jail. And: How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem. 2. And: Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Many innocent people in jail. And: Many marijuana users in jail without bail money. And: Senator Kamela Harris push for bail reform.
The mentally ill. Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death for 2 Hours in Shower. Death Ruled An Accident. Documents Show They Omitted Key Details. Florida inmate in for cocaine possession. 2345. Due to lack of single-payer universal healthcare the mentally ill end up incarcerated and untreated. Prison costs far more than caring for them to begin with. For their non-violent offenses three-quarters of Americans favor ‘rehabilitation’ over jail time, survey finds.

Poor health care in general in prisons and jails. Inmates Pay A Small Fortune To See A Doctor. 2.3.

References

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  1. The political economy of universal health coverage. Background paper for the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, 16–19 November 2010, Montreaux, Switzerland. Pacific Health Summit. National Bureau of Asian Research (November 2010). “Figure 2. Global Prevalence of Universal Health Care in 2009; 58 countries: Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela.”

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