Regional Vice Chair & Communciations Director at Democrats Abroad

  • tagged Morris Grossfeld's Managing Leukemia on the UK National Health Service #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:09:54 -0400

    Managing Leukemia on the UK National Health Service #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in London and have for many years now. When I was feeling unusually sluggish for weeks, I went to see my GP, who suggested a blood test. He had the result the next day and rang me immediately, offering me a choice of two local hospitals, and he then arranged for me to see a specialist at my chosen hospital within the hour. The hospital quickly confirmed a diagnosis of Leukemia and I was admitted for treatment of blood transfusions. I was then referred to another London hospital who are the UK Center of Excellence for the treatment of the rare form of Leukemia I have. They offered me a drug trial and I have never looked back, achieving remission in six months. My specialist was available to me for weekly visits as well as phone calls and email whenever I had any questions or concerns. She normally replied to my emails within about two hours. And all of this cost me not one penny - not the consultations, drugs, tests, transfusions or treatments. When I read the horror stories in the US press about "socialized medicine," I would like everyone in the US to know what it is really like to be backed up by the UK system, which is caring, responsive and up-to-date, and all free at the point of delivery.

  • tagged Kirk Haggerty's Health Insurance in Germany #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:08:55 -0400

    Health Insurance in Germany #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I'm an American who has been living and working in Germany for 25 years! I've been an asthmatic since childhood. It was always a struggle for my parents to get help for me when I had an asthma attack and can barely breathe! As I got older I was able to get health insurance through my employer, but whenever I lost a job I would also lose my health insurance! When I went to Germany I was suprised how easy the whole health insurance system was. Rich or poor, employed or unemployed, young and old; everyone was insured and had a simple card to use whenever one needed to go to a doctor or to the hospital. Germany has probably the oldest functioning health insurance system in the world - it's origins go back to the age of Bismarck in the 1880s. Yes, taxes are higher to help pay for the system but nobody really complains about it. Is it perfect? No, nothing is. But in the end everybody is satisfied with it, regardless of what political party one favors. I only wish that the U.S. would learn some lessons from the German health insurance system.

  • Universal health-care in Spain takes care of me in my retirement #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I have been living and working in Spain since 1964. There was a moment that I thought it was a temporary situation. Then I went back to the US with the thought of relocating there. After talking to friends and discovering what they were paying for health insurance, I changed my mind. Plus a horror story from my own family definitely changed my mind. A brother-in-law had a heart attack IN A HOSPITAL. He was later presented with a $40,000 bill that his insurance refused to pay and they cancelled his policy. This after years of paying $800 a month! Four years later and a court case, the hospital settled for $25,000. Something doesn't make sense. I am now retired and receiving wonderful medical attention cost-free. This does not mean that it is free. I paid into Social Security for years but am now enjoying the benefits of stress-free medical care that allows me to live comfortably on my pension without worries. So, wake up, America. Health-care should take care of you not bankrupt you.

  • tagged Mirah Gary's A week in the hospital with no bills #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 05:07:01 -0400

    A week in the hospital with no bills #DAresists #Medicare4all

    About 3 years ago, I broke my leg skating. This resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital, emergency surgery to install a metal nail and screws, and a week's stay in the hospital. How much did I end up paying for all this? Nothing, it was completely covered by insurance, I paid nothing out of pocket. Just imagine how much this would have cost in the US, even after insurance. Think about the deductibles, the copays, the time off work.

  • tagged Walter Winfield's No appointment? No problem. #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-20 02:37:41 -0400

    No appointment? No problem. #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in Taiwan, which has national health insurance. One afternoon I mentioned to my wife that my eye had felt strange all day. She suggested we go to the ophthalmologist, whose office was a block from our house. It was about 4:30 and I knew they closed at 5:00pm. Not only that, I had no appointment. I assumed that I'd be turned away but my eye was uncomfortable so we went. There were a few patients in the waiting area when we got there. Eventually the doctor saw me and by 5:10 I was walking out the door with some eye drops. I was impressed. I have had doctors here tell me they are proud of the system that allows them to serve everyone. It is common for Taiwan citizens who live abroad to continue paying their insurance premiums and then getting checkups when they return to Taiwan because they don't have to wait weeks as people in some countries must do.

  • tagged Marcos Bertamini's Never Again #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-19 23:40:31 -0400

    Never Again #DAresists #Medicare4all

    As a former Officer of Marines, I essentially had fully socialised medicine or "Medicare" (Tri-care) from the government in that if I or any member of my family had a medical issue, we simply made an appointment, went in and received the care and any medication required without any worry that any single or multiple medical condition/issue would ever harm us financially in any way. No calls about billing, no exorbitant costs - i.e. no worries. After serving our nation for 11 years, I separated from the service and found myself with a civilian employer in the US. One night, our child grew dangerously ill and we felt compelled to take him to the ER in the middle of the night. At the end of it all, he spent one night in the hospital, was given Pedialite and had one IV inserted in his arm to re-hydrate him. We were shocked with a bill for over 5,000 Dollars (this was in 2005). I had full coverage insurance through my employer and overlap with Tri-care. Neither insurance company wanted to pay and the hospital came after us for the hyper-inflated bill. Considering that I was fully insured, I refused to pay. The battle went on for 5 years and finally Tri-care and my private insurer agreed to pay the hospital. What a nightmare... I have now been living with my family and working in Hong Kong for over 10 years. My employer gives me a medical card and my monthly medical payments are miniscule. I have full coverage medical care for myself and my family in Hong Kong and in the Unites States.  Additionally, we have no co-pay for any visits and there are no worries. I do not ever want to go back to the system in the United States which has the highest medical costs and the constant worry of inflated and overpriced medical bills and the worry of possible bankruptcy around the corner because of an unforeseen medical condition. We receive top-notch care here in Hong Kong top quality medical care here in Hong Kong and costs are kept very low removing the worry of financial hardship.  I have sampled many different medical systems throughout the world and they constantly demonstrate to me that the system in the U.S. is overpriced and undully hurts those that are less well off.  I am a believer in medicare for all and the Affordable Care Act.  No one should be ever be penalized financially for falling ill.  

  • tagged Bryce Kositz's Survival is not a Pre-existing Condition #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-19 23:40:01 -0400

    Survival is not a Pre-existing Condition #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My partner has beaten cancer twice. Her spirit and willpower to beat it are a daily inspiration to me. But under any of the GOP's plans, her survival is considered a pre-existing condition and we would not be able to afford insurance. Here in Australia she received the medical care she needed to beat cancer, as have so many others that we met during her treatment, and she has gone on to get her Masters degree and contribute to Australia. Forcing Americans to choose between death and bankruptcy will not make our country great. It's time to not repeal the ACA, but develop it into Medicare for All.

  • tagged Richard Pierce's If It Can Happen to Me, It Can Happen to Anyone #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-19 23:40:47 -0400

    If It Can Happen to Me, It Can Happen to Anyone #DAresists #Medicare4all

    American society has made life easy for me because I am male, white, and straight, and I don't have any disabilities. So you would think that I would never have to go without my basic, Human needs being met by my society. Such as basic healthcare. But life is complicated, and in 2004, my basic needs DID go unmet by my society. I was between jobs, had to go to the emergency room for heat exhaustion, and ended up with a $2800 bill, which I didn't have the money for. I was scared. I wrote to the hospital and told them this, and they forgave almost all of the bill. But is that the way it's supposed to be in such a rich country? A citizen who supposedly is everything the society idealizes, no longer all that ideal when he suddenly needs healthcare? If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. And it does. Please give all Americans affordable health care. #DAresists #Medicare4all

  • tagged Kent Getsinger's Support Medicare For All! with approved 2017-09-18 14:13:29 -0400

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  • published RESIDENCY BASED TAXATION CAMPAIGN in Tax Blog 2017-07-07 00:16:13 -0400



    Democrats Abroad is running a grassroots campaign in support of Residency Based Taxation. 

    The US is the only developed nation that taxes its citizens on income earned while they live abroad. This system is complicated, inefficient, and causes uncertainty for ordinary Americans living outside the US. Democrats Abroad favors Residency Based Taxation because it is a simpler, fairer, and more efficient system.

    Ordinary Americans living outside the US, even those that earn very little income, are burdened not only with increasingly complex and costly forms and filings, we are also obliged to submit reports on our foreign accounts and other financial assets. For this reason, Democrats Abroad has supported Residency Based Taxation since our inception. It has been a high priority in our Platforms and on Capitol Hill during our Congressional Door Knocks. 

    Now that Congress is planning to introduce a comprehensive tax reform package the time is right for all aggrieved non-resident Americans to raise their voices and be heard on this matter. Democrats Abroad advocates for a system of Residency Based Taxation that introduces fundamental, common-sense reform while protecting American values of fairness and responsibility.


    Click here for the Residency Based Taxation Campaign In A Box.  It includes:

    • Background on Residency Based Taxation
    • Links to find elected representatives and their contact details
    • Scripts for calls to elected reps 
    • Language for letters, postcards and emails to elected reps
    • The link to our trackable RBT email campaign on the Congressional outreach platform 

    Contact Carmelan Polce at any time with questions:  [email protected]


    We are working hard to see Residency Based Taxation included in the package of tax reforms moved by the 115th Congress.  However, our support for any package of tax reforms will depend on whether it aligns with our Democratic Party values.

    We believe Congress has an opportunity to enact common sense reforms that clarify and simplify filing and make the tax code fairer for all Americans. The advantages of changing to Residency Based Taxation must primarily benefit ordinary Americans living and working overseas, without enabling a few to take advantage of new loopholes.

    Democrats Abroad has given careful consideration to the potential impact of a change to Residency Based Taxation. We support efforts being made to structure a Residency Based Taxation proposal (hyperlink to ACA webpage) that results in a policy that is revenue-neutral to the federal government. Because we would not, for example, abide a tax reform plan where school lunches were eliminated so that our taxes become simpler. Common sense tax reforms must not become a quid pro quo in order to starve programs that benefit children, the elderly or otherwise vulnerable Americans.

    Democrats Abroad will only support reforms that help reduce inequality, boost opportunity and raise enough revenue to meet public needs, predominantly from those with the greatest ability to pay.

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Regional Vice Chair & Communciations Director at Democrats Abroad