Stop selling Medicaid to Big Business
  • Petitioned Rafael Del Castillo

This petition was delivered to:

Rafael Del Castillo
Attorney General Eric H. Holder
Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.
Secretary, DHHS
Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate

Stop selling Medicaid to Big Business

    1. Summer  Harrison
    2. Petition by

      Summer Harrison

      Kalaheo, HI

The civil rights of 80 million Americans are being erased as control over their lives is sold to companies that care more about profits than patients.

The Administration has been quietly auctioning off Medicaid and Medicare to for-profit HMOs.  This federal subsidy totals about $11 billion a month now, and is growing. Between $2 billion and $5 billion is skimmed off the top every month for profits.

This campaign is about putting an end to this outrageous subsidy and reinstating the civil rights that have been stolen from my daughter and eighty million other Americans.  We need legislation now!

More than half the people on Medicaid are children, and adults, children and senior citizens with disabilities make up another 28%.  Together, these medically vulnerable populations account for 86% of the national Medicaid budget,

My beautiful daughter Hannah is one of them.  Control over life and death decisions for her was auctioned off to one of these for-profit HMOs about thirty months ago.  Hannah is medically fragile, and at 24/7 risk of death from her seizures.  Nevertheless, medically necessary services and treatments, and even prescriptions, are routinely denied.  The company claims it's losing money while nationally its net earnings soared 313% in the past three years.  

Meanwhile, the Administration is unravelling fifty years of civil rights legislation. The Supreme Court is considering denying everyone on Medicaid the protection of federal law.  New regulations clearly state the government’s guarantee not to challenge "state sovereignty" over Medicaid, including keeping track of how $11 billion a month of taxpayer money is being spent. Or even if it’s being spent at all.

Please join our campaign to stop this obscene subsidy to Wall Street HMOs, and to restore all the civil rights that have been decimated by White House pandering to big business. Eighty million Americans should not be turned into second-class citizens!

 

 

 

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Corporate profits from Medicaid and Medicare could pay for 1 million jobs

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      Halting the privatization of Medicaid and Medicare could create between 400,000 and 1 million jobs. That's how many people could be hired every month by states, counties, nursing agencies, therapy centers and the like based on current HMO profits..

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. For-profit Medicaid HMOs commit criminal fraud over and over and........

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      Stealing from the federal government apparently isn't a crime, at least for the for-profit HMOs buying up Medicaid and Medicare contracts.

    5. Administration unlooses new attack against human rights

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      The Administration has loosed a new attack on the civil rights of children and people of all ages with disabilities. States have been instructed on how to sell off their Medicaid populations to for-profit HMOs without violating ARRA and PPACA regs.

    6. Medicaid/Medicare revenues push Wall Street HMOs 25% higher than S&P 500

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      Two myths surround Medicaid and Medicare: that they primarily benefit unemployed people; and that national and state budgets for Medicaid and Medicare are actually spent, on these same unemployed people.

      Both are wrong.

    7. Obama's $1 trillion handout to big business insurers

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      Figures collected from the ten top insurers leading the privatization of Medicaid and Medicare show total revenue from the government could top $1 trillion in the next five years.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Study shows growth of for-profit Medicaid, links bad consumer experiences

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      A study published this month by the Commonwealth Fund documents the growth of for-profit Medicaid plans, and links them to poor consumer experience. Updated figures show a fifty-one percent increase in for-profit Medicaid membership in six months.

    10. What Ryan couldn't do to Medicaid, Obama is

      Summer  Harrison
      Petition Organizer

      The White House has sent a clear message to the states and for-profit managed care Medicaid providers: they can do what they want and the feds won't intervene.

      Medicaid fraud is OK and doesn't affect a company's chances to pull down future contracts, according to a court settlement filed with the SEC on May 6.

      We've uncovered more information, reported at the link below.

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Daniel D. Stiehm ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am one of the ones affected!

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    • Geri Mellgren-Kerwin BURBANK, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Get real Mr. President. You can't hold off single payer, universal healthcare forever. The private insurers have made their pile, they can back off or specialize in cadillac policies for rich pricks. Get the privateers out of healthcare insurance.

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    • H M PLEASANT HILL, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is just one example of why I cannot vote for either of the 2 candidates for president foisted on us.

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    • candice hawkins ALLEN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a nurse who goes to the homes of the disabled and elderly almost every day. When I hear them tell me they are still nauseated and vomiting because their insurance won't pay for a proven medication it just kills me. I know many of the retired people I care for are on such a fixed income that they cannot afford any additional funds for meds. How has this happened? When the House and Senate was asked if they would go on the same insurance policies that were being given to Medicare patients they blatantly refused. Unless you have walked in the shoes of a parent with a disabled child or an elderly person trying to live out their final days

      you have no idea what it feels like. I see what our goverment has done to the lives of these patients and wonder how the politicians sleep at night. As of right now, Medicare reimbursement to doctors is so low that those same doctors refuse any Medicare patients/ or any new patients. Who is at fault; the doctors for wanting more money or the government, for picking these areas to cut in fixing the deficiet

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    • Danielle McDonough NORTH GRAFTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      my son deserves the same rights as others

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