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Bernie Sanders

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Petition to Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor

Single Payer Healthcare for Iowa

Yes, the Affordable Care Act was an important improvement. and step toward universal health care. Because of the ACA, more than 17 million Americans have gained health coverage. Millions of low-income Americans have coverage through expanded eligibility for Medicaid that currently exists in 31 states. Young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance until they're 26. Further, all Americans can benefit from increased protections against lifetime coverage limits and exclusion from coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Nevertheless, the U.S. is failing its citizens when it comes to healthcare. Even with the ACA, many Americans cannot afford the copayment, deductibles, payroll deductions and denials. Many people skip their prescription medications and avoid going to the doctor because they do not have the money to cover the deductibles. Even further, of the 1.4 million Americans who file for medical bankruptcy each year, 75% have health insurance.  The ACA increased the number of insured Americans. Unfortunately, according to the Congressional Budget Office, by 2023, 31 million people will still lack coverage. But as stated above having insurance does not solve all the problems because having insurance does not guarantee access to need care or protection from financial ruin due to health care costs. These people are considered "underinsured." these individuals cannot afford their deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance and thus do not go to the doctor or seek medical attention until their condition is too severe to ignore.  Personally, just one of my mediations, Procysbi, costs over $72,000 for a 30-day supply. This was a 2,400% increase compared to the original drug (Cystagon) (1). Procysbi, is the primary medication that treats the rare disease I have cystinosis. The medication has the same ingredient as Cystagon (cysteamine bitartrate), which is the immediate-release form. The only difference between Procysib and Cystagon is that Procysbi has an enteric coating over the active ingredient which makes it a delayed release drug.  Procysbi was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013. Unfortunately, because of the high cost of this medicine (Procysbi), insurance companies fight not to cover the drug, and I am left without the drug sometimes for weeks. A recent survey of 50 insurers and pharmacy benefit managers by J.P. Morgan which found that medicines for the rare disease are increasingly subject to scrutiny and possible restrictions on use, as mine are (2). The American people need a health care system that works for all. We need a system where all people can get the care they need to maintain and improve their health when they need it regardless of age, color, creed, economic status, ethnic identity, familial status, gender identity/expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, physical disability, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.  That system to solve all of these problems is single payer health care and because the federal government seems unable to act, the State of Iowa needs to take a stand and protect their people.  The State of Iowa must create a state administered single-payer health care program. The program must cover the entire continuum of health care, from inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary care to specialty care, including long-term and palliative care; vision, hearing and oral health care; mental health and substance abuse services; as well as prescription medications, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostics and treatments.  1. Carrol, John. “Raptor’s orphan drug-win at FDA overshadowed by debate over steep price,” fiercebiotech.com, Biotech Industry’s Daily Monitor, 1 May 2013. Web 2 Nov. 2015 2. Pollack, Andrew. “Parental Quest Bears Fruit in a Kidney Disease Treatment,” the New York times (2013): B1 Print. 

Mika Covington
23 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to We need a viral group of 20 million registered voters.

Together Let's Change American Presidential History in 10 Days!

This may be the most important document you ever read in your lifetime. By signing it you may be able to change and avert a political catastrophe. Right now we are being manipulated and intimidated into voting for either of two candidates that over 60% of the country does not want. Removing all partisan analysis, most American voters are honest and caring people who want America to come together and follow an agenda that reflects commonality of purpose, that allows the center of America to prosper. The choices we have been given reflect a representation of moneyed, undemocratic power elites for whom protecting foreign and domestic power, revenue flow and keeping taxes and regulations low at the cost of public safety are the dominant motivators. They are shameless in presenting these views. Primarily most Americans want a President with a moral compass to lead our great nation. A person who children can look up to and believe in. Without sinking to the level of current campaigning lets just say the two lead candidates do not reflect the minimum standards that most American children would want in a sports team captain. Let's leave it at that. We all know why we dislike both of these candidates, the question is what can we do about it? The system, on the surface fair, most feel has incorrectly pushed two candidates forward that the majority of American voters would not want in the office- the process seems inexorable, but its not. The Republican Convention is a done deal. The Democratic Convention appears to be a freight train out of control. Here is the ONE crack these political ward bosses have left. Ostensibly Bernie Sanders has endorsed Clinton so he and his delegates will be "allowed" to attend the Convention. There, the same super delegates who were picked from the beginning, will nominate Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders beats Trump in most local and national polls. If he was elected he would get little or nothing done as both Branches of Congress would be gridlocked and forced to coalesce to get even the most simple things done. If you sign this petition you are sending a message to the Democratic Super Delegates that this is not only your wish, BUT YOU WANT CONTROL OF YOUR POLITICAL SYSTEM BACK AND YOU EXPECT MORAL LEADERSHIP SELECTIONS IN THE FUTURE. If a hundred thousand people sign this it will have no effect. If 14 million people sign this it only means that the Bernicrats thought it was a good thing. If 20 million people sign this and they sign it before the super delegates vote in Philadelphia it means that AMERICA IS MAD AND IF THEIR WILL IS IGNORED THERE WILL BE DIRE CONSEQUENCES. So if you are a queasy Democrat or a Republican of good faith, real moral standing and believe in the common welfare and thoughtful political leadership of a President who should have high moral character- SIGN THIS PETITION. Then contact the super delegates and your own political representatives and tell them to put pressure on the super delegates to nominate Bernie Sanders. We have a choice- allow the race to continue unchanged and shame us, or take this moment in history and make it one we will all be proud of sharing,  I know Sanders is not the majority's first choice, but as a messenger of the voice of the American people he is a demonstrated point. There WILL not be a second chance to stop this- if either side gets their leader you won't believe the disaster that ensues, and you know it! Sign it now and circulate it to your friends. The time for individual courage is fast upon us and if you reflect too long- that reflection may turn to a larger legacy of regret. We have only one chance remaining to reclaim America's moral direction- let's not waste it.

Marty Milner
2,252 supporters