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  • published DA Aghanistan Intro in News 2018-09-21 05:22:30 -0400

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    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Afghanistan!

    We invite Americans living in Afghanistan to get involved with DA AF,  the official country committee for US Democrats living here. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - and if you're interested in putting on an event yourself or helping to get out the vote, please do get in touch with Kat Allikian, RVC for Asia-Pacific ([email protected]), who will help you coordinate and promote the activity. 

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  • tagged Robert Kerr's More than 50 years of great coverage in Israel #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:17:14 -0400

    More than 50 years of great coverage in Israel #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I am happy to share my story. I have lived in Israel 48 years counting my 1st year when I came on Sherut La'am in '65-'66. From the beginning, whenever I had health care needs they were taken care of by the Israel healthcare system. My anemia was properly treated enabling me to have children. Maternal and child health was marvelous! Hospitalization was covered. Child and adult immunizations were and are covered. As my children got older 2 of them developed mental illnesses. Thanks to our system, both of them are being treated. It allows them to work and be self supporting and pay taxes and have full lives. Two of my children have attended university. Again it is due to our government subsidizing higher education and making it affordable. They work part time and I have been able to swing the rest. My husband developed cancer in 1999. My only out of pocket expenses came to $35 a month. Even on my nurses' salary I could manage that and keep the family supported. Now I am retired. I became ill with Systemic Lupus Erythematosis 2 years ago. From the beginning from diagnosis to care I have been able to afford to buy medications and eat. The state provided me with a caretaker for 8 months of that first year until I could manage to take care of myself. There is always room for improvement in any system, but I am so grateful to be here in Israel and not in the US. I vote absentee in Texas, Federal offices only. I write my senators and representative all the time but needless to say they are Republicans and really do not care what happens to people. Still all the rest of my family is in Texas so I keep writing. Wishing all of you a Shana Tova u'metuka. Sincerely, Shoshana Katz

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Perspective from Malaysia #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:16:47 -0400

    Perspective from Malaysia #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I support Universal Health Care for the sole reason so that everyone has health insurance coverage and that is affordable. We are from New Jersey and have been living in Malaysia for the past eight years and both me and my wife are 100% covered here with the cost of medical care, which is 1/4 th compared to the USA. Americans need affordable health insurances for poor, rich and for all segments of the population. We are against the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill! Looking for a better America for all. Ken Chakravarti

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Perspective from Israel #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:15:55 -0400

    Perspective from Israel #DAresists #Medicare4all

    Thanks for the e-mail. Living here, universal health care seems such an obvious feature of life. Doctors fees are much less since I think they have to participate in the health plan to get tax breaks, and also they do not have to hike up their fees to cover malpractice insurance. At any rate, at my age, I need to see several doctors, and each one costs $5 per visit, and the health plans do not seem to be suffering financially. In the States, my experience is that a routine visit costs $150-200 and the service is worse in the US -- most of the work is done by a nurse practicioner who might be only marginally qualified (the one I saw did not know how to remove a bandage) whereas in Israel you see the doctor directly. There is competition among the health funds here, and this seems to me a good thing, to avoid complacence. Sincerely,Louis Rowen

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Compelling story from Canada #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:15:18 -0400

    Compelling story from Canada #DAresists #Medicare4all

    If I didn't have access to free health care in Canada, I might have died from ovarian cancer.

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Great Experiences in Norway! #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:14:54 -0400

    Great Experiences in Norway! #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in Norway. Children up to 18 years old do not pay for Medical or dental assistance. Last year I had heart pain and went to the emergency room, I had an EKG and they kept me all night for observation, all free of charge, never received a bill. I have also birthed 2 children and had an appendectomy. All these were also performed with no co-pay. We do have co-pay for doctors visits and if you reach your income class limit you do not have to pay for the rest of the year. The limit is set based on income ranges. Best regards, Celeste

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Great experience with orthopedic care in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:14:00 -0400

    Great experience with orthopedic care in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I am proud to pay taxes that support healthcare. At the moment, I am on a low income (having been in the second-highest - 40% - tax bracket for many years). I injured my knee a few weeks ago and have now had two visits with my local 'GP' (family doctor), an x-ray to rule out a floating bone fragment and have now got an appointment with a physiotherapist and soft-tissue scan in the pipeline. How much have I paid? Nothing, apart from my taxes. On my current income, my knee would go untreated if I had to pay. I'm proud of the NHS, and I am proud that I have contributed to paying for it. And I am grateful that when I need it, regardless of my income, it's there. #DAresists #Medicare4all

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Observations from Turkey #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:12:33 -0400

    Observations from Turkey #DAresists #Medicare4all

    RE: What can Turkey teach the US about healthcare I would love universal healthcare for US citizens. Under the current Medicare for All proposals by Senator Sanders, it won’t cover US citizens living overseas. I would hope that Medicare would allow recipients to receive benefits while living or traveling overseas. Currently I need to buy a policy as part of my Turkish residency permit. I have a private insurance policy with a Turkish/international company. However good it is, the Turkish government makes me buy a worthless policy for about $1000 in addition to the excellent policy I buy. The required government policy is just another corruption to give money to the governing party’s friends. Saying that, Turkey has an excellent universal insurance for its citizens (SGK) in which some private hospitals participate. It’s not rocket science to give such a system for all US citizens, whether they live inside the US or overseas. The mentality of the Republicans is that healthcare is a privilege. Until they see it as a basic human right for all Americans, we are doomed. Universal coverage for all Americans can be affordable if we control prices, especially from the pharma sector. Thank you for hearing my voice. Andrew Barrer Istanbul, Turkey

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Great long term peace of mind in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-21 05:11:53 -0400

    Great long term peace of mind in the UK #DAresists #Medicare4all

    The NHS has been my sole health care provider for the last 17 years. Whilst I am in good health I have spent virtually no money on my healthcare except through taxes. I am able to get an appointment with my GP when required within a reasonable timeframe and am sent on the specialists when required. I personally have not had to wait very long for an appointment. When my son was born both he and my wife needed to spend an extra week in the hospital because of a minor complication. Again, the extra stay did not incur any expenses to us. I find staff at the NHS to quite competent. Having the NHS is very reassuring. I never have to think about whether I am covered and whether I can afford medical services. While perhaps not perfect, it is awesome to have, especially when compared to the millions living in the US whose healthcare is precarious. Long live some sort of version of publicly funded medicine!!! David Wasserberg, US citizen, London, England

Regional Vice Chair & Communciations Director at Democrats Abroad