National Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan

  • is hosting Restoring American Democracy Policy Forum 2019-10-08 07:06:52 -0400

    Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership


    Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership

    On Sunday, October 20th, 2019, all wings and methodologies of the Democratic Party are coming together for a policy forum hosted by Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) for any and all Americans living overseas.

    The Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership will feature 4 speakers, including former leaders in the United States Government and the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), who will comment on the direction of key issues that are bound to affect all Americans.

    This event shall serve as the beginning of our platform discussion in Democrats Abroad Japan, and our leadup to the 2020 National Convention. Each speaker will be addressing a topic for 15-20 minutes as described below. Afterwards, the audience in the room will be allowed to ask questions and follow-up, time permitting. 

    The event will be moderated by John Baumlin, Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan.  

    Speakers

    Ambassador Robert Orr

    Former United States Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
    Speaking On: How to Rebuild International Relations After the Trump Era

    The Trump Administration’s repudiation of the international institutions and alliances which underpin the world order, built by the U.S. and its key allies in Asia and Europe, has damaged them and U.S. standing and reputation. What are the urgent steps needed to restore U.S. leadership and rebuild diplomacy and peace?

    Gordon Gaul IV

    DA Progressive Caucus Co-Chair & DAJ DPCA Rep
    Speaking on: Building a Grassroots Movement that Outweighs Corporate Influence

    A fundamental restructuring of the financing of U.S. elections is needed, if we are to right the ship of American Democracy. What practical actions can get us there?

    Cheryl Okubo

    Climate Change Activist
    Speaking On: Global Climate Change -- What Democrats Can Do About It

    5000 marched in Japan among the millions world-wide on Sept 20th, and Greta Thunberg of Sweden fiercely condemned inaction at the U.N. It seems as if we may finally be reaching a political tipping point. What are the prospects for practical policies on climate change?

    Tom Schmid, J.D.

    Former DA International Counsel and Chair of DAJ
    Speaking on: The Supreme Court: A Failed Institution (and Ideas for Fixing It)

    Filling the judiciary with G.O.P. partisans is key to the Republican strategy of minority rule in the face of demographic change. Many on the Left are calling for radical solutions. What is the best way forward?

    Location

    Please come join us in person! We will be taking questions and comments from audience members. We will do our best to accommodate online attendees, but attendees in the room will be given preference in the question queue.   

    English/Romaji Address: 1 Chome-24-21 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041 Kase Building #173, 4th Floor (Formerly the Crescent Kanda Building) 

    Japanese Address: 東京都千代田区神田須田町1-24-21 加瀬ビル173 4階(旧:クレセント神田ビル)
    GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/7jPBKCXvDkSynkh59

    Attend online via WebEx!
    Web Address: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=mf836951e65e4117153feb17f4f76c30d
    Password: dems

    Doors open at 2:15pm. 

    WHEN
    October 20, 2019 at 2:30pm
    WHERE
    Kase Building
    1 Chome-24-21 Kanda Sudacho
    Kase Building #173, 4th Floor
    Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0041
    Japan
    Google map and directions
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  • published Revised 2019 DAJ National Election Results in News 2019-09-17 10:25:37 -0400

    Revised 2019 DAJ National Election Results

    Dear DAJ members,

    THE 2019 DAJ EXCOM in coordination with the 2019 DAJ NEC would like to announce the revised results of the 2019 national elections.

    Votes in the 2019 National officers election were counted on 6/16 and recorded by the NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE, however after inquiry it was discovered that 1 faxed ballot was not counted. For clarification, there was no change to the outcome of the election. Below are the revised results:

    Total ballots cast: 51

    Total ballots which were complete and where membership could be confirmed: 50

    Chair:

    Votes for John Baumlin - 50 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

    Vice-Chair:

    Votes for write-in candidates

    Votes for Kiyoko Ayukawa 36 votes, 72% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Denise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Gordon Gaul 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Frederick Gunlach 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 11, 22% of total valid votes

    Secretary:

    Votes for Anna Costello - 50 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

    Treasurer: write-in candidates

    Votes for write-in candidates

    Votes for Dave Brauer – 34 votes, 68% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Timothy Trahan 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Jenise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Frederick Gunlach 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 13 votes, 26% of total valid votes

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMMITTEE ABROAD (DPCA) VOTING REPRESENTATIVE

    Votes for Gordon Gaul - 42 votes, 84% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Kiyoko Ayukawa – 5 votes, 10% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 3 votes, 6% of total valid votes

    Member-at-Large for Eastern/Northern Honshu:

    Votes for Elena Morlock - 34 votes, 100 % of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Western/Southern Honshu:

    Votes for Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 5 votes, 100 % of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Shikoku/Kyushu/Okinawa:

    Votes for Rose Turck - 2 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Hokkaido: write-in candidates only

    No votes

    Sincerely yours,

    The DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

    Sarajean Rossitto

    Leslie Anne Rogers

    Steven Breyak

    Jenise Treuting

    DAJ2019elections@gmail.com

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  • published DAJ 2019 Kansai Chapter Election Results in News 2019-09-17 10:22:28 -0400

    DAJ 2019 Kansai Chapter Election Results

    Dear DAJ Kansai membership,

    The 2019 Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Kansai Chapter election. Votes in the 2019 Kansai Chapter election were counted on September 15th and recorded by the KNEC as follows:

    Total ballots cast: 4 (completed and confirmed membership)

    Chair:

    • Kevin Lane - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Vice-Chair

    • Margaret Tomoko Brennan - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Secretary

    • Steven Breyak - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Treasurer

    • Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Thank you to everyone who ran as a candidate and voted in this election. For future elections, the KNEC would like to see more active campaigning to reach at least 20 voters. However, due to the circumstances of this election, we understand the depressed turnout.

    Looking forward to see what you’ll accomplish for the DAJ Kansai Chapter!

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa, Anna Costello, and John Baumlin

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  • published 2019 Kansai Chapter Election Ballot in News 2019-08-31 19:28:10 -0400

    2019 Kansai Chapter Election Ballot

    Voting for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election for chapter officer positions has opened (as of September 1st, 2019).

    You may download the ballot and instructions at the link below anytime between the voting period September 1st - September 14th. Ballots must be complete and received on time in order to be counted.

    Download your ballot here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1exJTpn8Ckzs5NELj2xsVdrQp4l4phSOB/view?usp=sharing

    Read Candidate Statements here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1R2YI4-btcnaQrIVoRizpy62rmrZhuM6G?usp=sharing

    To submit your ballot, print, scan, and attach your completed ballot in an email to dajkansainec2019@gmail.com. All ballots must be received by September 14th at 11:59pm.

    If you have any questions concerning the ballot or procedures, please contact the Kansai Nomination and Election Committee at dajkansainec2019@gmail.com. We look forward to receiving your ballots.

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa, Anna Costello, John Baumlin

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  • Democrats Abroad Japan Announcement of Kansai Chapter Election for 2019

     

    The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is proud to call upon our Kansai membership to submit their nominations for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Vice-Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Secretary of Kansai Chapter
    • Treasurer of Kansai Chapter


    If you are interested in holding an officer position, you must fulfill the following requirements in order to qualify:

    • Be a member in good standing pursuant Article III of the By-Laws of Democrats Abroad Japan. You can confirm your membership by signing into DemocratsAbroad.org.
    • Not be completing a 2ndconsecutive term for the office in question, as per the term limits set out in our by-laws pursuant to Article X, Section 1: “No National, or Chapter Officer, nor any Members-at-Large can serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same position.”
    • In the case of running for Chair or Vice Chair, pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice Chair shall not be of the same-sex.”

     

    Nomination Procedure

    In order to join the election process, members may nominate themselves or another member by sending an e-mail to dajkansainec2019@gmail.com no later than midnight Japan time on August 22nd. All nomination emails should include the following:

    1. Complete name of the person nominated.
    2. Contact information including phone number, mailing address, and email address.
    3. Name of the nominated position.

    The KNEC has enclosed a calendar of the important dates regarding the election cycle so that we can ensure a transparent and fair election process, which can be accessed here. Please direct all questions to the KNEC by email: dajkansainec2019@gmail.com.

    We look forward to receiving your nominations!

     

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Anna Costello
    John Baumlin

     


  • published Kansai Chapter Election for 2019 in News 2019-08-16 01:08:32 -0400

    Kansai Chapter Election for 2019

    Democrats Abroad Japan Announcement of Kansai Chapter Election for 2019

    The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is proud to call upon our Kansai membership to submit their nominations for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Vice-Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Secretary of Kansai Chapter
    • Treasurer of Kansai Chapter


    If you are interested in holding an officer position, you must fulfill the following requirements in order to qualify:

    • Be a member in good standing pursuant Article III of the By-Laws of Democrats Abroad Japan. You can confirm your membership by signing into DemocratsAbroad.org.
    • Not be completing a 2ndconsecutive term for the office in question, as per the term limits set out in our by-laws pursuant to Article X, Section 1: “No National, or Chapter Officer, nor any Members-at-Large can serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same position.”
    • In the case of running for Chair or Vice Chair, pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice Chair shall not be of the same-sex.”

     

    Nomination Procedure

    In order to join the election process, members may nominate themselves or another member by sending an e-mail to dajkansainec2019@gmail.com no later than midnight Japan time on August 22nd. All nomination emails should include the following:

    1. Complete name of the person nominated.
    2. Contact information including phone number, mailing address, and email address.
    3. Name of the nominated position.

    The KNEC has enclosed a calendar of the important dates regarding the election cycle so that we can ensure a transparent and fair election process, which can be accessed here. Please direct all questions to the KNEC by email: dajkansainec2019@gmail.com.

    We look forward to receiving your nominations!

     

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Anna Costello
    John Baumlin

     


  • published Announcement regarding Kansai Chapter Election in News 2019-08-13 19:08:06 -0400

    Announcement regarding Kansai Chapter Election

    Members of the Democrats Abroad Japan Kansai Chapter,


    Thank you for participating in the recent Kansai Chapter election. Democrats Abroad aims to host fair and transparent elections and give everyone an equal opportunity for candidacy and voting.

    Unfortunately, we regret to inform that the election did not directly follow procedures as described by the Country Committee Election Procedures. Specifically, there were 4 issues.

    1. The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) consisted of 2 members when the NEC should have at least 3 members. (2a)

    2. There was no submission regarding the vote counts and meeting minutes. (1d, 3a, 3m, 3n)

    3. The Chair-elect and Vice-Chair elect were not registered members of Democrats Abroad when they ran for office. (5a1)

    4. Ballots were not officially distributed to all membership. Ballots were sent out to members on the activist mailing list and made public on the DAJK facebook page, but not through the DAJ website or email. (9d1, 9d2)

    Due to these issues, the Kansai Chapter election results cannot be accepted, and the elections will be reheld.

    A new Kansai Nomination and Election Committee has been appointed, and we aim to run this second election as smoothly and quickly as possible. On Friday August 16th, we will send out an announcement opening the call for nominations and informing you about the election schedule. The announcement will be set out via email and posted on the Democrats Abroad Japan website. If you have any further questions, you may address them to the committee at dajkansainec2019@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to your participation!


    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa

    Anna Costello

    John Baumlin

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  • published Lights for Liberty in Odaiba in News 2019-08-01 10:02:52 -0400

    Lights for Liberty in Odaiba


    On July 13th, DAJ members Sarajean Rossitto, Jenise Treuting, and Linda Gould hosted a “Lights for Liberty” vigil in Odaiba, Tokyo. It was a solemn event fueled by the passion of people supporting immigrant rights. Attendees took pictures in front of the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba while holding up signs in protest of the immigration camps. One attendee shared his mother’s experience of living in a Japanese internment camp. The vigil finished with a group reading of The New Colossus.































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  • The Democrats Abroad have been the Democrats Out and About!

    Folks gathered on July 4th and 11th at the charming Aldgate Pub in Shibuya for two Speakeasy events.



    Things that were done include:

    • Making signs for the Lights for Liberty vigil

    • Talking politics

    • Drinking liberally

    • Getting to know new people

    • Drinking liberally

    • Generally enjoying the camaraderie of the resistance!

    Banter that was had ranged from:

    • North Korea policy

    • “What brings you to Japan?”

    • “What do you do here?”

    • Hopes and plans for DAJ

    ...to a reportedly friendly competition of ‘how long has everyone has been in Japan.’

















    To my knowledge, the combination of the Independence Day spirit with the old-timey pub atmosphere did NOT result in anybody running out shouting “The British are coming, the British are coming!”

    If any of that sounds even remotely like your thing, come join in next time!

    The more people that join, the more people we’ll attract! At least if Katamari Damacy taught us anything, that is.

    Hope to see you at the next one!



    Sincerely,

    David Odell

    DAJ Kanto Secretary

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  • published How We Work For You #01 - July 2019 in News 2019-07-29 00:06:14 -0400

    How We Work For You #01 - July 2019

    Members of Democrats Abroad Japan,

    Today we want to take some time to talk about what it means to setup an organization. There are few who understand the mechanics of our organization, and the overwhelming majority of activists are not focused on the month-to-month functions of the Executive Committee. That's understandable. It's not exciting, it's administrative - but it is important. It's important because what we're doing directly affects our representation to International, and to the Democratic National Committee.

    If you really want to create change in the Democratic Party, we invite you to join along with us each month for a few minutes to see about how we're representing you, and to give us feedback. We want to tell you what we've been doing the last month, why it was done, and what our next steps are going to be each month.

    Feel free to follow along with the Agenda and Meeting Minutes, that Anna took so diligently, as we comment on our focus here:

    We had our first meeting as the 2019-2021 Executive Committee on June 30th in a small room in Ikebukuro. It was our first time meeting face-to-face as a group, and we immediately started working out what is required of us. While we were eager to support our membership and start posting, Democrats Abroad has 6 certifications required for new leaders. You need to get membership database training, e-mail training, website content training, WebEx training and Nationbuilder training before posting to the web or sending emails. This is just to access the current existing knowledge and functions of the organization. We discussed transitions for new leadership, who would take those trainings, and began collecting the requirements of our organization. We decided on our fundamental goals and focuses for our term, and passed two propositions.

     

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  • published This is your time! Committee slots open! in News 2019-07-27 12:27:36 -0400

    This is your time! Committee slots open!

    The newly elected Executive Committee for 2019-2021 would like to thank you for entrusting us to the enormity of the tasks that lie ahead in the upcoming term. Your newly elected Executive Committee consists of the following members:

        National Chair: John Baumlin

        National Vice Chair: Kiyoko Ayukawa

        National Secretary: Anna Costello

        National Treasurer: Dave Brauer

    As the Executive Committee of DAJ, we represent the voice and ambitions of all Democrats living abroad in Japan. All English teachers and all salaried workers. All spouses and children. All refugees and students abroad for the first time. And we want you to join us in our endeavors.

    The goals of our organization are to provide you the tools and means by which you can make yourself heard, even halfway across the world from America. This is how we plan to serve you this term:

    • Increase membership in DAJ to facilitate stronger representation in the Democratic Party.

    • Increase membership participation to raise awareness of Democratic Platform issues and to give members the means to take action.

    • Keep open communication and transparency between leadership and general membership.

    • Host meetings for membership for members to give feedback and input to leadership to promote said open communications.

    • Fundraise to reach more voters, host workshops, and run community events.

    • Engage in voter outreach to ensure Americans everywhere know they have voting rights and how to act upon them.

    • Run our primaries to inform voters about the goals of each candidate running for President.

    • Work to elect new leadership in 2020!

    We would also like to note some recent changes to our bylaws as of our last general meeting on June 9, 2019. We encourage you to read the updated bylaws here. It is the constitution that guides us overseas.

    With that, we would like to open a call on our membership to sign up and volunteer. We have several different committees with open positions and we would love your support on any of them. The committee openings are as follows:

    • Communications Committee – Drafting announcements, working on messaging, promoting our causes on social media sites (FB, Twitter, etc.) and helping to write articles on the DAJ website.

    • Events Committee – Helping to organize and plan nation-wide events.

    • Fundraising Committee – Helping to raise the funds needed to reach more voters and get the results you want.

    • Outreach Committee – Expand the DAJ membership into new areas and interface with our international committee!

    • Get Out The Vote – Directly Help Americans abroad get registered to vote and request their absentee ballots. Votes are what count the most.

    If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact dajsecretary@gmail.com and join us on Slack - our dedicated organization hub.

    We look forward to serving as your Executive Committee! Let’s work together and restore the meaning of liberty for all in this challenging era of politics. 

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  • published #CloseTheCamps in News 2019-07-10 09:30:38 -0400

    #CloseTheCamps

    In solidarity with Lights for Liberty campaign

    We invite all Americans in Japan to join us in raising our voices and uniting with people around the world opposing the disgraceful treatment of immigrants by and the cruel immigration policy of the current US administration. It's more important than ever to use your voice to push back against inhumane border policies.

    TAKE ACTION:

    • July 4-13, Online campaign and calling our Members of Congress
    • July 13 4 pm, In-person action at the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo
    • More information and updates on the Facebook Event page 


    What we know

    Our families immigrated to the United States. We made the United States home to people from every nation, religion, culture, ethnicity and economic class. We may live far away from the United States, but still believe in the American ideals of tolerance, freedom, equality, and opportunity.

    Immigration has always been complicated and mired in political controversy. Today, we have a president whose main concern appears to be stopping families - just like our own - from fleeing poverty and strife and seeking a better life by making the Unites States their home.

    Caging people, mistreating them while in our custody, separating children from their parents, turning away from the sexual abuse at these facilities, and allowing people to die while in our custody are totally unacceptable. More than that – these action fly in the face of American ideals of justice, freedom and due process.

    We may be far away from the United States, but we will join with millions of people all over the globe protesting the inhumane treatment of immigrants held in US custody.

    Make your voice be heard. Together, we can. Together, we must. #CloseTheCamps #DontLookAway

    If you want to hold an action in your area, and want some ideas, please contact us.


    Best

    Jenise

    Linda

    Sarajean, sarajean.daj@gmail.com

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  • tagged Cherie Mason's A Life Saved #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-10-03 06:00:47 -0400

    A Life Saved #DAresists #Medicare4all

    In the fall of 2012 I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. This is a very rare form of breast cancer that is extremely aggressive and has a terrible prognosis. My disease was so advanced my surgical oncologist believed that I would not survive for very long. I am a longtime permanent resident of Canada and have never had US healthcare. Nevertheless, because of the extent and severity of my disease, I did a lot of research and found out that there were several places in the US that specialize in this type of cancer. But I never once considered visiting any of these specialists. I put my faith in the Canadian healthcare system. The hospital that attended me was actually one of the smaller ones in Toronto, but they provided me exactly the same kind of treatment I would have received anywhere in the US. My treatment was prompt, aggressive, and thorough and based on the very latest protocols. Every aspect of treatment was covered financially. If I had issues during treatment, I received a prompt attention from my physicians. Inflammatory Breast Cancer has a terrible prognosis, however five years later I am still here, with no evidence of disease. I’m going to be followed by my oncologist for an additional 10 years over the 5 I’ve already heen followed. I get annual tests and scans all at no cost to myself. I feel blessed to have been able to receive the treatment I received, and not have to pay any additional costs. Yes my treatment cost the Canadian taxpayer a lot, but I am alive and remain a Canadian taxpayer myself and I am glad to keep contributing to the system that provides such excellent care to its residents.


  • tagged Melissa Gold's Cancer is bad enough.... #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-30 23:34:07 -0400

    Cancer is bad enough.... #DAresists #Medicare4all

    ...Without having to decide to die of it rather than have treatment. My son-in-law have is receiving treatment for his second round of lymphoma. That's two six-month periods of treatment with all the follow-ups and dozens of tests in less than two years. All treatment including medication--covered. If Canada didn't provide this medical care, he and my daughter would be bankrupt. And he doesn't have to worry about losing future coverage for having a pre-existing condition. He received world class care and didn't have to wait. I wish that for every family.


  • tagged Jerry Brainard's Heart - and Mind Restored #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-26 06:41:59 -0400

    Heart - and Mind Restored #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My Story with some highlights: Since 1996 I have had 3 heart catheter treatments which were fully covered by my health insurance. Only expenses were 10€ per day for hospital stay (incl. meals!) 2007 I was diagnosed with severe despression. I was treated as an in-patient at psychosomatic clinic for 18 weeks. Following this I had 240 hours - over about 3.5 years - of psychoanalytic therapy at an external psychoanalysist. Over the time of about 7 years I had my daily supply of antidepressants. With the exeption of a hospital fee of 10€ per day - which is limited to a maximum of 280€ per calendar year - and some minor prescription fees everything was covered. As I found out from the psychoanalyst I would have had to pay 45€ per session, which would add up to 10.800 €, plus 3 digit medication costs per quarter. Since 2008 - at which I needed to retire due to my health problem - I pay around 130 € per month for health coverage - as a retiree. The 3 heart catheter treatments cost all-in-all about 51.000 € plus accomodation at the hospital. I have listed here some prominent examples, not mentioning my daily medication plus regular checks with different doctors over the years to date. For me it is not understandable why a system similar to Germany - which no question may have some flaws - could not work in the U.S., and Germany is definitely not the only country with a functioning Heath Care System.


  • tagged Deborah Choate's Operation fully covered by government healthcare #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-24 09:32:11 -0400

    Operation fully covered by government healthcare #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I live in France. Four years ago I had a major operation requiring three nights stay in a hospital. I could choose the hospital and doctor that I wanted. I checked out the American Hospital and a public hospital recommended by my French doctor. The American Hospital would have been covered by the supplemental insurance I receive from my employer and the public hospital completely covered by the French insurance. The public hospital looked so much more clean and modern -- I took that option and had great care. The only thing I paid for was wifi access in my room. Everything else was covered directly with no cash out required for me. After 26 years in France, I am a firm supporter of universal healthcare.