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Hello and welcome representatives, senators, policymakers, and congressional staff. As a Certified Health Consultant and organizer of Medicare-Advantage-For-All.Com, a grassroots research and educational movement, I urge you to support the highest quality, truly American health plan for the lowest possible cost.
Below, please find our recent communications with members of Congress and other vital NEWS and information:
01/30/2020 - HEALTHCARE IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR THE 20020 PRESDIENTIAL ELECTION: More than half of registered voters nationally consider healthcare one of their top issues in the 2020 presidential election, a new poll found, but observers and congressional aides said healthcare will likely be on the legislative back burner early this year because of impeachment. The Trump Medicare Advantage Plan is the key to getting the suburban support that President Trumps needs to win on the health care issue with the American electorate. This plan answers the need that the American public desperately has to provide affordable quality health care that every American can be proud.
When asked their top three policy issues for the 2020 presidential election, 56% of nearly 2,000 registered voters surveyed named healthcare as a top factor in determining their vote in a poll conducted nationally by the Bipartisan Policy Center and Morning Consult. The second most-cited issue was the economy at 44%.
See the full article in january 13, 2020 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine at: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/healthcare-biggest-issue-voters-not-congress/
12/19/2019 - HALF THE UNITED STATES POPULATION IS PROJECTED TO BE OBESE IN 2030: Today the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a Report in the New England Journal of Medicine predicting warning that if we don't do something dramatic to change, almost half the U.S. population will suffer from obesity by the year 2030. Now, 40% of Americans are considered obese, a conditon of being hugely over a healthy weight. In fact the researchers predicitied that 25% (now 18%) of Americans will be Severely Obese by 2030. This level of obesity is the product of being a rich and properous nation with a huge appitite for fast food and uncontrolled unhealthy behavior. This is why our health care bill is 18% of GDP, accounting for almost $4 Trillion Dollars annually. It is directly related to the causes of our shorter life spans and our higher infant mortality. We simply can not go on like this. This American behaviour is unsustainable, especially if we want to retain any economic advantage among our neighbor nation states. We need to make "America Healthy Again!" And, this can only be done with a renewed commitment to our health. Congress needs to pass a new and dynamic health plan that can incentivize healthy behaviors and make it in America's best interest to improve our health. A Trump Medicare Advantage Plan will do that for our country.
11/26/2019 - THE UNITED STATES IS AT A HEALTH DISADVABTAGE TO OTHER WEALTHY NATIONS: On November 26, 2019 a study published in JAMA (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/health/life-expectancy-rate-usa.html?fbclid=IwAR179LBKIhBsxV4UFtiz0zcNvmduuSl83VfikRIEB4GiqI1FfTTyaKs5tGU) showed the life expectancy of Americans has declined significantly over the last three years — a drop driven by higher death rates among all racial and ethnic groups. Americans in the prime of their lives are dying sooner. The death rates increased from 2010 to 2017 for all causes among people aged 25 to 64. Although suicides, drug overdoses and alcoholism were the main causes, other major medical conditions, including heart disease, strokes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also contributed. The lead author is quoted as saying, “ The whole country is at a health disadvantage compared with other wealthy nations, We are losing people in the most productive period of their lives. Children are losing parents. Employers have a sicker work force.” Dr. Steven Woolf is making our case for the necessity of a new bold health insurance plan that will hold up Predictive, Preventative Personal Medical Care and create a national program to Make America Healthy Again. That program is the Trump Medicare Advantage Plan for All.
11/15/2019 - OUR BABIES ARE DYING: Infant mortality is an important marker for the overall health of a society amd the ultimate success of a health care system and a nation. If the health of your people is having an adverse impact on our birth rate, we are in a failing society. And, that is exactly what is happening here in the United States. The infant mortality rate in the United States is 71% higher than comparable nations. In October 2019 the Peterson Center on Healthcare, a Kaiser Family Foundation partnership, posted a study indicating that the United States has a neonatal death rate that is 63% higher than comparable countries. Our postnatal (death within the 1st year) death rate is 90% higher than comparable countries. This study also shows that while all infant death rates are declining, the United States has a slower rate of decline on average than other comparable countries. In fact, over the last two decades, our infant mortality has declined at a rate that is 40% less than in other countries. Until we get a new health insurance system with a new Health Wellness and Well Being paradym, we will continue to fall behind other nations in our health and economically. A Trump Medicare Advantage plan would fix this situation, save m ore of our babies and put us on a healing trajectory to Make America Healthy Again.
11/10/2019 - THE RSC HEALTH PLAN AND MEDICARE-ADVANTAGE-FOR-ALL FIT LIKE A GLOVE:The RSC Health Plan is a framework for personalized, affordable care. As a framework, it is designed to support programs that successfully fit into the purposes for which it is designed, principally making health insurance more affordable and more accessible to the American people. Medicare-Advantage-For-All (MAA) fits right into this framework. Not only does MAA fit well in the framework, but it also enhances the personalized aspect of the RSC Plan by promoting an integrative approach to medical care that is predictive, preventive and personalized (PPPM) and driven by quality outcomes. The PPPM approach effectively reverses and, in some cases, even eliminates chronic illness which, according to the CDC, accounts for 90% of our annual medical costs in the United States. PPPM in conjunction with and integral Wellness & Well Being program have the potential to reduce the national annual cost of health care (and health insurance) by Trillions of Dollars. Please see the RSC plan calls for Expanding Access to Innovative Care (p. 45) and our Blog page for more information.
11/9/2019 - WE SUPPORT RAND PAUL'S BILL S. 2812: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare payment option for patients and eligible professionals to freely contract, without penalty, for Medicare fee-for-service items and services, while allowing Medicare B.
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.
Medicare has always had special punitive restrictions on the ability of participating physicians and medical providers to contract directly with patients on the provision of services covered by Medicare B. The penalty for engaging in such relationships was revocation or suspension from full participation in Medicare B. We have understood the purpose of these restrictions to be to lock physicians into the Medicare B program. The legislative history of these peculiar restriction speaks for itself.
We understand that S. 2812 frees patients and providers from these restrictions. Such restrictions are not necessary for the effective function of the Medicare B program. In fact, even Senator Bernie Sanders S. 1129 Medicare 4 all bill proposes to somewhat lift these restrictions. Allowing patients, physicians and other medical professionals to contract freely for Medicare fee-for-service items and lifting any punitive restrictions that threaten their ability to participate with Medicare B as a result, will give patients and medical professionals more freedom to lower the cost of medical care where possible, deliver services that are better tailored to help the Medicare enrollees maintain and improve their health condition and give providers more freedom to design and deliver services that improve the health of their patients, rather than to slavishly follow the dictates and restrictions of the fee-for-service Medicare B program. Passing S. 2812 is a step in the right direction. With this bill, Rand Paul continues to demonstrate his commitment to lower the cost of health care and health insurance and improve the health of the people of the United States.
11/01/2019 - HUGE WEEK FOR HEALTH CARE POLITICS.
No later than the RSC released their block-grant health care reform, then-Senator Elizabeth Warren released the blockbuster cost estimate for her Medicare 4 All plan, which came in at a cool $52 Trillion Dollars over ten years. Candidate Warren sincerely believes that she and other Democrats can not get elected by spouting warmed-over Republican talking points like recommending health care reforms that actually have some chance of passing both the House and Senate and being signed into law by the President, like Medicare-Advantage-for-All. She still claims that she is going to be able to tax "only" the rich to pay for her program. Even former Vice President Joe Biden says, " She's making it up." Please see our 11/07/ 2019 Blog for more information.
10/23/2019 - SEEMA VERMA DUCKS ON DETAILING ADMINISTRATION CONTINGENCIES if the ACA is struck down.
By Adam Cancryn - Politico
CMS Administrator Seema Verma repeatedly refused to tell a House oversight panel how the Trump administration plans to stabilize the nation’s health care system if a federal court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.
“The president has made clear that we will have a plan in action to make sure that Americans have access to affordable coverage,” Verma told a House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee today. “I’m not going to get into any specifics of the plan.“
House Democrats repeatedly pressed Verma over the contingency planning, criticizing her for failing to lay out any fallback options even as the administration backs the legal effort by a group of GOP-led states to immediately wipe out Obamacare. A federal appeals court is expected to rule on the case in the coming weeks.
“Do you have a plan that you can present to us, or is this another pie in the sky promise?” said Rep. Jan (D-Ill.)Schakowsky
Verma later insisted that the administration has planned for “a variety of different scenarios” and only needs to wait for the court to rule — but refused to offer any evidence or details.
President Donald Trump had originally vowed to roll out his own health care plan by September, but officials have not provided any updated timing, and there’s little expectation any proposal from the White House will extend beyond offering general principles.
10/22/2019 - HOUSE RSC PERSONALIZED AFFORDABLE CARE PLAN RELEASE
House conservatives have rolled out their Personalized Affordable Care Plan as an alternative to "Medicare for All" ahead of the 2020 elections. The White House has not officially endorsed the Plan, which envisions rolling back Obamacare’s popular Medicaid expansion and much of the regulations governing the individual market and offering federal block grants to states to help establish their own health insurance markets. The proposal is designed to blunt criticism for failing to protect people with preexisting conditions, arguing that high-risk coverage pools — along with fewer benefit requirements for health plans and an equalization of the tax treatment for employer-sponsored and individual plans — will effectively provide all Americans with an array of low-cost options.
10/15/2019 - EMAIL TO RSC COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Email to RSC memeber - October 15, 2019
Recently, I sent you the list of 293 members of the 116th House of Representatives that have supported Medicare Advantage (MA). I will send it again Today! I have since learned that the Republican Study Committee is planning to release its own health plan alternative by the end of the month. As an important member of this and related committees, I am writing to urge you to incorporate Medicare Advantage into your thinking.
Previously, I sent you the top 28 reasons why Medicare Advantage should be the core of your new health plan. I believe that to successfully pass any major health plan legislation in the House, then get it through the Senate and ultimately signed by the President, the plan must have three essential elements. It must be bipartisan (or capable of becoming so). It must be cost-effective, but even more importantly, in order to avoid the natural skepticism from public health advocates and others, it must be popular with the American people. The truth is Medicare Advantage is the ONLY health plan that meets ALL three of these basic criteria.
Medicare Advantage For All has answers for you on this and how to restore the health of the American people, including the efficacy of Medicare Advantage as a national plan for all ages. These answers can be found on www.medicare-advantage-for-all.com We are excited about your new health plan. Reducing our cost of health care and making it affordable will ultimately require an Apollo-like national commitment. And, we believe that you can “Make America Healthy Again” with the best design of the health plan for which you vote. You will be receiving our correspondence again soon by snail-mail. Please keep a look-out for it. Thank you very much for your service.
09/18/2019 - LETTER TO MA SUPPORTERS IN THE HOUSE
Letter excerpts to the 293 House members supporting MA - September 18, 2019
Thank you for supporting the Medicare Advantage Program (MA) which is the bright star on the national health insurance stage. MA is the most popular health plan with your constituents and in Congress. Enclosed you will find the list of the 293 of your fellow Houwse memebers that have supported Medicare Advantage. This is more than double the number of sponsors for the Medicare for All Act of 2019. Also enclosed please find our Fifth Edition of The True American displaying the Medicare Advantage programs popularity and making the case for extending this dynamic program to All Americans. (See the Fifth Edition here under the True American Tab - SITTING ON A BOMB: May 2019 )
The most important challenge we face is maintaining and promiting the health and well being of all our people. We have 30 Million uninsured. We suffer from a crippling chronic disease epidemic that is driving our costs of health care through the roof.
We believe you have already supported the solution. A properly designed Medicare Advanatge plan with an integral health and wellness component created and delivered under the supervision of our able Health & Human Services Department is the answer to all of the ptoblems. A Medicare-Advanatge-For-All Program that changes the way our medical professionals treat chronic illness will save over $1 Trillion Dollars annually.
Medicare Advantage is the most popular health plan in America. Unfortunately, there has never been any major health plan legislation passed by the Congress on Medicare that has NOT been bipartisan! In fact, every major act signed into law since Medicare's inception was both biaprtisan and passed to reduce the cost of the medicare program.
Your constituents are looking to you for answers. We believe that for any health plan to pass the House, then get through the Senate and ultimately signed into law by the President; the plan must have three essential elements. It must be bipartisan (or capable of becoming so). It must be cost-effective, but even more importantly, in order to avoid the natural skepticism from public health advocates and others, it must be popular with the American people. The truth is Medicare Advantage is the ONLY health plan that meets ALL three of these basic criteria.
We Americans are sitting on a health care Bomb! This problem can not be fixed without your help. But, every day your constitutents have to live with high cost and the difficulty in getting the health care that they need and deserve. That can not be good for your re-election. Please consdier working with the 293 of your colleages, who support Medicare Advantage and help us create a "program that really works".