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Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Charles Schumer

Real people NEED The ACA-Obamacare. Don't play politics with people's health and lives.

My wife has pre existing conditions. Before the blessing that is Obamacare came along, because of those life altering pre existing  conditions, we were only able to afford a health insurance policy that had a $10,000 deductible at a very high monthly premium. She couldn't afford to see doctors regularly and her health deteriorated.  I remember counting the days to Obamacare and spending most of the night, and many frustrating days following, struggling to sign up, and once we did, the smile on my wife's face, the sigh of relief that she too can see a doctor, and there was hope. I remember tears of relief and hope. We celebrated the peace of mind this brought us with a hug, a smile and a good nights sleep.  Today, there are tears again, fear instead of hope, anxiety instead of peace of mind, worries and sleepless nights (it is 3:42 am as I write this).  I hear politicians exclaiming, speaking indignantly, waving their fists and wagging their tounges all preaching about what will happen when 25,000,000 get cut and have no insurance, the outcry there will be.....well, we are those 25,000,000, we are each a human being , not a number. You know us, we are your family member, your neighbor, your Uber driver, your friend, your classmate from years ago, your acquaintance of today.... STOP using our plights for political fodder and for so much fist waving and speechifying!  STOP being resigned to the fact that there are not enough Democrats in the  Senate to stop this lunacy and reach out to Republican Senators who are thinking individuals and STOP the insanity! Senators McConnel and Schumer, do the hard work that is your job and that you know how  to do so well and make it known that this end of Obamacare tragedy and travesty will NOT happen. Don't let us suffer with anxiety and sleepless nights and worse ! For my wife, who is asleep as I write this while I am up worrying about her health and healthcare, for all of us , each one of us, real people - not numbers, DON'T wait to see and hear the outcry when 25,000,000 are left without insurance! Do the hard work of bringing sanity back now.  Our health, and our healthcare is not, and should not be a partisan issue! DON'T LEAVE 25,000,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. SAVE OBAMACARE/ The Affordable Care Act! PS:  If you say there will be insurance available for those with pre existing conditions, you know that premiums  for those with any pre existing condition will  go back to being astronomically expensive and unaffordable and high risk pools are either unavailable, most don't meet criteria eligibility, and those that do see high costs and even higher deductibles.   

Harold Jacobs
86,798 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

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#ProgressiveDisruption by the States

What happened to make this country the focus of judgment, laughter, and fear from the rest of the world? The industrialized world outside of the United States enjoys a better quality of life and general happiness that most of us can only imagine. First class education, comprehensive health care, clean food/water/air and an overall better relationship with their fellow citizens. And as a country, we have higher mortality rates at younger ages, poorer health, and an impoverished population who can't learn new skills without going deeper into debt. As much as we like to blame Donald Trump for our national problems; these problems were here before him, and they will still be here if Trump is removed from office tomorrow. We have a political system that centralizes power to a consolidated political center in Washington, DC and an economic center in New York City. Our Electoral System will isolate the power to determine the direction of our political system to a very small, easily manipulated portion of the electorate in strategic location. Worst of all, we have a large portion of the population who will empower a mentally unstable man to the highest office in the world; just so they can say “We Won”. This group is constantly complaining about a simple world with plentiful jobs in their communities that are extinct or never really existed. And now, they have the nerve to complain about losing the federal government programs they benefitted from and voted against. It's time we said “ENOUGH” and have Progressive States and Communities band together and share resources and ideas to provide a better quality of life for its people, that the Trump Administration wants to take away. And furthermore, we need to ensure that we only support States and Communities who will change their policies for its people. We can no longer provide assistance to Red States, just so they can abuse and neglect their citizens for business interests.    For the future of this nation, we need to explore every legal method possible to protect the people from an extremely dangerous President Trump.    A Values Based Alliance of the States (VBAS) is one way of resisting this new reality of government, and the dangerous changes that we all know are inevitable. I understand that the constitution will not allow us to directly stop this monstrosity, but it will allows us to devalue it. A VBAS of certain states with similar values and policy preferences can and will use its population centers and economic influence to co-op, share resources, and implement policies with other co-opted states, while not having to depend on or engage the federal government.  Examples:  There are certain states with a majority of people that believe single payer healthcare system (CA, MA, VT, NY, WA, OR, IL, HI.). If those states passed laws to provide single payer health care for it’s people, a Single Payer Healthcare VBAS organization of those states can share resources to improve efficiencies, expand medical training/education amongst the co-opted states, negotiate pharmaceutical/treatment, amend needed tax policies and petition the US Government. This would also force neighboring states to decide if they want to change their internal policies to provide single payer, so they can join the Health Care VBAS. A resident of Indiana might ask his state to join the VBAS, because he could literally see his next door neigbor in Illinois fully covered, and using a Doctor that just came back from his training at a medical school in California. Although the VBAS states can not legally sign the Paris accords, they can change their internal policies to abide by its recommendations. There could be an environmental protection VBAS, where the states involved agree to abide by the Paris accords, improve safety protocols within its states, take climate change seriously, and provide economic preference to states and nations that do the same. CA, OR, NY, MA, VT, WA HI, and NV could agree to be a preferred customer of states or nations that voluntarily reduces its carbon emissions and address climate change, instead of LA or TX, which most likely will not. Other issues could include minimum wage, education, trade agreements, gun control and virtually every policy not adjudicated solely to the federal government. As more VBASes are organized and more states agree to join them, Donald Trump and the ignorance of future presidents become less and less relevant. Please sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as possible. 

Blake Green
4,621 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Appoint an MD/DO for Surgeon General

We write this not intending offense, but knowing it will offend some, even some for whom we have great love and respect. We write this not to divide, but to raise awareness. We write this because our continued silence may have implications for the safety of patients and we’ve pledged first to do no harm. Right now the acting Surgeon General (“The Nation’s Doctor”) holds not a doctorate of medicine, but a doctorate in philosophy. And our physician colleagues who have dared to question these changes are being shamed, mocked, and have become the subject of name calling; and that’s not counting the ones too afraid for their jobs to speak their opinions.Don’t get us wrong, many of us work with and love many NPs, PAs, CRNAs, etc. and feel they play a vital role in healthcare delivery in this country. There are systems that function as great models in regards to how all these levels of providers can work together for the betterment of patients. But the trainings are not equal and the general population has not been made aware of the distinctions and we have each seen unnecessary complications or negative outcomes resulting from practice beyond the scope of training.Somewhere along the way, it’s become "elitist" and "arrogant" for physicians to assert themselves as physicians. We’ve been shamed for using our titles, told other practitioners are “just as equal” and that we’re all “practitioners”. To become practicing MDs/DOs – generalists in our fields (including the much maligned and underappreciated primary care physicians) – we must have 4 years of undergraduate training, 4 years of medical school (one ENTIRE year of which is pathophysiology, or how disease processes occur and including 2 years of clinical training). Yes, we have >2,000 clinical hours before we can even write an order for an x-ray without direct supervision. Then, and only then, do we enter a minimum 3 years of residency where we attain another 11,000+ hours of supervised clinical experience before we are considered eligible to sit our board certification exams and practice independently. It doesn’t matter our background or experience (yes, even having practiced as an OB/GYN previously, one must perform all the clinical hours of an internal medicine resident to become an internist) because we’re training for what we’re going to be, not what we were. There is not a practitioner degree program out there that matches an MD/DO’s pathophysiology or clinical training (in contrast, NP programs require 500-700 hours of clinical training in total); there is not another program that awards their doctorate based upon clinical experience rather than a thesis project. So when we have someone with a doctorate of philosophy acting as our nation’s Surgeon General, yes, it raises eyebrows and starts the alarm bells ringing. No, there is not a mandate that the Surgeon General be an MD/DO, but the Surgeon General is the head of the Commissioned Corps, a healthcare system whose mission is the advancement of public health and who can be deployed immediately in public healthcare emergencies, i.e. doctors there when things are at their worst. It’s hard to fathom having someone with less disease process knowledge and clinical experience than those they're supervising direct the workings of this group and it’s because of this we ask you, Mr. President and Mr. Assistant Secretary for Health, to appoint an MD/DO to the position of Surgeon General.Thank you.

Physicians for Patient Protection
1,207 supporters