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I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. Itís time for single-payer.(Barf alert)
Washington Post ^ | 13th September 2017 | David A. Ansell

Posted on 09/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT by Ennis85

Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own. Sarai’s plight was brought to my attention when a local religious group held a hunger strike advocating transplant access for Sarai and other uninsured patients. When she died, her congregation marched seven miles, holding her photograph and lugging coffins emblazoned with her name, to launch a sit-in in front of Northwestern University Hospital. Her death certificate named liver disease as her cause of death, but that’s not true. The real cause was inequality. If the United States had a Medicare-for-all health insurance system, she might have been saved.

In nearly 40 years as a doctor, I witnessed time and again how inequality kills. Those without health insurance, such as Sarai (there are almost 30 million in the country), often cannot access the most basic care, let alone complex specialty care. But the problem is more serious than a simple lack of health insurance. What insurance card you hold can literally be a matter of life and death.

Consider how our current multi-payer health insurance system affects hospitals, clinics and patients. I have practiced at three hospitals along a two-mile strip of Ogden Avenue in Chicago. I spent 17 years at Cook County Hospital, now the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, rising from intern to chief of general medicine. When I practiced at Cook County Hospital, it was largely a hospital for the uninsured. Despite many improvements, largely because of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, many services, such as screening colonoscopies and hip replacements, are still beyond reach for patients and their doctors.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; ansell; chicagomachine; chicagopolitics; cookcountyhospital; deathpanels; ezekielemanuel; healthcare; liberalagenda; liberalpropaganda; medicaid; medicine; obamacare; obamalegacy; obamcare; singlepayer; zerocare
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1 posted on 09/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT by Ennis85
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Today the left wants to abort those who are likely to be born with defects. That’s their cost savings technique.


2 posted on 09/13/2017 3:27:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Did Barack Obama denounce Communism and dictatorships when he visited Cuba as a puppet of the State?)
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To: Ennis85

Can someone point out one physician (outside a special splinter group) who doesn’t watch their patients die?


3 posted on 09/13/2017 3:27:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (7.5 mos M/R joining dems to block Cons. agenda? No problem. Trump deal w/Dems, big problem! Ah NO!)
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To: Ennis85

I’ve been on “single-payer” pretty much my whole life. You won’t like it.


4 posted on 09/13/2017 3:28:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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Dr. Ansell, collectivism advocate

"No, I'm not a farmer and I don't go to church. Why do you ask..?"

5 posted on 09/13/2017 3:28:54 PM PDT by gaijin
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This lowlife Ansell pimping his own parents’ death for government deathcare is just as low as one can go.


6 posted on 09/13/2017 3:29:23 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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A Doctor lecturing us on taking care of the poor — that’s rich.

Why didn’t the congregation take up a collection for Sarai? Why didn’t this doctor donate money and time and take up a collection among his peers and co-workers. Perhaps settle for older BMWs and smaller boats, local vacations, etc.


7 posted on 09/13/2017 3:32:57 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (https://imgoat.com/uploads/645920e395/39513.gif)
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To: Olog-hai

I guess her congregation couldn’t have an event to raise the money......


8 posted on 09/13/2017 3:33:58 PM PDT by MGG
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Our daughter was recently declared disabled from a Tylenol overdose and hence eligible for a Liver Transplant. Unfortunately, the Federal Government made the determination eight years after she was eligible and a;most two years after she died. Yeah, Government Health Care is really great.


9 posted on 09/13/2017 3:34:49 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR)
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To: gaijin

But he does seem to be a ditto-head!


10 posted on 09/13/2017 3:34:57 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Ennis85
When she died, her congregation marched seven miles, holding her photograph and lugging coffins emblazoned with her name

How about, before she died, the congregation found a way to work and earn the money for a doctor?

11 posted on 09/13/2017 3:36:59 PM PDT by donna (I am thankful and enjoy my safety in America where honorable men protect women from Sharia Law.)
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As if “Sara” would have gotten a liver transplant from Britain’s NHS.


12 posted on 09/13/2017 3:37:41 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ( "If fascism ever comes to America, it will be called liberalism." --Ronald Reagan)
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there are almost 30 million in the country

Why what a coincidence. That is the same number of illegal bloodsuckers in this country. My, my, my.

Anyone want to bet if you asked this assclown his opinion on immigration he would be all in for amnesty, and open/no borders?

13 posted on 09/13/2017 3:38:51 PM PDT by 11Bush
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With single payer you can watch them die waiting to see a doctor.


14 posted on 09/13/2017 3:39:08 PM PDT by beethovenfan (I always try to maximize my carbon footprint.)
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To: Ennis85

Cubans have watched them and their family die of poverty for a generation. It’s time to kill socialism!


15 posted on 09/13/2017 3:40:33 PM PDT by winner3000
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More emotive nonsense and lies from collectivists


16 posted on 09/13/2017 3:41:06 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Ennis85

More emotive nonsense and lies from collectivists


17 posted on 09/13/2017 3:41:06 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SubMareener

I’m sorry for your loss


18 posted on 09/13/2017 3:41:38 PM PDT by a.c.t.32
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To: Ennis85
They all had Single Payer!


19 posted on 09/13/2017 3:41:59 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Anitfa = Anti-F.A. = Anti-First Amendment)
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To: Ennis85
Surprise!

A single payer favorable story on the same day that the liberals have launched their new single payer talking points campaign.

I'm sure we will see many more in the days ahead.

20 posted on 09/13/2017 3:43:08 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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