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    Robert Reich speaks with Democrats Abroad

    Join Robert Reich as he speaks with Democrats Abroad.  
    The American political commentator, author and activist will be joining us in a Zoom call on Friday May 29th, 2020 at 11:00am Eastern Daylight Time (Washington, DC).     
    When: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:00am EDT (17:00 CET, 23:00SGT)
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    About Our Speaker
    As someone who has served in three presidential administrations, Robert Reich has seen how the system works from the inside and as an author and Professor of Public Policy he explains how it has been corrupted and how we can fix it. His political and government experience spans decades, including serving on President Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board and four years as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He's a prolific and bestselling author, publishing more than a dozen books and he has co-created two award-winning Netflix documentaries, Inequality for All and Saving Capitalism.
    His recent opinion pieces in the The Guardian are deeply critical of how the US, the elite and businesses are operating during COVID-19. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, and How We Fix It analyzes how we came to the current fraught economic and political situation, what systems keep it in place and how we can change the system so it serves the majority of Americans rather than the elite few. Join Democrats Abroad as we talk with Robert Reich to support Democrats Abroad's 2020 Get Out the Vote campaign, but also to find some solidarity, inspiration, and clarity along the way.
    Secretary Reich will be taking questions from Democrats Abroad members. Please submit questions in advance by emailing 
    May 29, 2020 at 11am
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  • tagged Gail Fagen's New York Voter living in Japan #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-10-18 22:59:24 -0400

  • tagged Gail Fagen's Two Texas Voters living in Japan #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-10-18 22:58:42 -0400

  • tagged Gail Fagen's Virginia Voter living in Japan #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-10-18 22:58:10 -0400

  • tagged Gail Fagen's Delaware Voter living in Japan #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-10-18 22:57:34 -0400

  • tagged Jessica Willett's Bankruptcy vs Life #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-29 03:17:58 -0400

  • tagged Elizabeth King's Preventative and no Co-Pay #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 23:38:37 -0400

    Preventative and no Co-Pay #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My story isn't about a life-saving operation or being able to afford that medication that changed everything. This is about you - average everyday person. I know so many Americans who will not go to the doctor for a sniffle or an ache because they don't want to pay (or co-pay) for a visit. I can't count the times I have heard stories of people going broke trying to diagnose an illness: those co-pays for each visit really add up! Here, in Germany, I go to the doctor whenever I don't feel well. For every ache and pain. And sometimes, there is no real problem and I go home with some herbal tea. But sometimes I get an MRI and a CAT scan and some blood work and they find the problem . . . and I don't pay a single penny for this care because I already have paid with my taxes. It doesn't hurt my pocket book and my work allows me to go to these visits without penalty because that is how the system works. What is better: Getting sicker and sicker trying to avoid co-pays until it is too serious or too far along to fix? OR Pay a bit of tax out of your paycheck, bosses who understand the benefit of preventive care and stay healthy by regularly getting checked up with our the great of going broke over what might be just a simple cough. What if it's not just a simple cough - why take the risk? You are worth it!

  • tagged Jennifer Varela's Prevented cancer #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 11:13:56 -0400

    Prevented cancer #DAresists #Medicare4all

    In April this year, I had a papsmear screening which showed that I had cervical dysplasia (CIN3). I was told that I would need to have surgery to prevent cervical cancer. This was a huge shock as I have always been healthy. Thanks to Medicare in Australia all my doctors visits including surgery was free. I was able to have this procedure knowing that I didn’t have to give up a choice of paying for rent or eating. I support health care for all so that we all have an opportunity to prevent deadly diseases without struggling to afford cost of living.

  • tagged Patricia Schneider's Grateful for German Healthcare #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 05:38:20 -0400

    Grateful for German Healthcare #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My husband and I stopped to help a middle aged American couple who had been touring the Rheinland. They had been biking when the woman fell and hurt her leg. We helped them access the German healthcare system, where the woman was treated for a broken leg. She and her husband were so impressed with the quality of care and the cost of care that they returned for follow up from the state of Washington a year later. Having lived in Germany for 30 years I can only confirm their experience. I was treated for breast cancer 10 years ago. Not only did I receive excellent care and experience a positive outcome, there was absolutely no disruption of my family’s life due to financial pressures.

  • tagged Alexis Eva Alvarez's 18 month old daughter with severe case of bronchiolitis #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 05:37:28 -0400

    18 month old daughter with severe case of bronchiolitis #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My daughter was 18 months old and had been suffering from congestion for about a week. I didn't think much of it until she woke up one night and I noticed that she was having labored breathing. She laid still in her crib, her chest collapsing. She wasn't crying so it was clearly evident that something was wrong. We immediately took her to the hospital where she was admitted immediately. We spent 3 days in the hospital, the first night being the most intense. She was connected to an IV, had a catheter, and had to wear an oxygen mask. Every few hours the nurses came in to administer her dose of steroids. They bathed her and did their best to keep her from crying. It was difficult to watch because she was just a baby and was being pricked by needles and forced to endure other scary moments that would be difficult even for adults to handle. After a few days, she was cleared to go home. When they handed us the paperwork we weren't quite sure what to do. The nurses looked at us like we were crazy because we just stood there waiting to be handed some kind of bill. Prior to this, I don't think I really had a strong opinion because I had never had an experience to know otherwise. However, from that day on, I feel very adamant about socialized healthcare. The pediatricians, pediatric nurses, and ER staff provided excellent care. Had this happened in the United States, we would have had to have paid a few thousand dollars, not taking into account the medicine that was required afterward either. Her nebulizer and salbutomal inhaler, together, cost less than €20. This is just one example, but I have many others. Both my children were born in Spain so we have numerous experiences dealing with the healthcare system. No parent, or anyone for that matter, should have to worry about the cost of medical treatment when it comes to the health of a loved one.

  • tagged Robert Kerr's #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 04:10:43 -0400

    #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I married my Danish partner in 2012 and she gave birth to our beautiful twin daughters in 2013. Because it was her first delivery, and she was older and had to undergo hormonal treatments, she experienced hormonal imbalances. No problem, she was given two weeks of inpatient care at the country's premier hospital in Copenhagen. Later, one night she awoke at 3 a.m. with severe back pains. No problem, an on call physician arrived at our doorstep within 30 minutes! Recently, one of the now four year old twins fell and damaged her teeth, of course in the evening! My wife called the emergency medical number, was given an appointment at the emergency dental clinic, and within 30 minutes had gone with my daughter, received treatment and returned home, which in this case was the removal of her two top front teeth. In Denmark, all you have to do is show your national health card upon entry to any medical facility. Your record pulls up, you are told exactly where to go relative to your appointment, and off you go! That entire process takes less than one minute. And because she was a child with an obvious immediate dental need, she went right to the front of cue, no questions asked! On my side, I just recently received my national ID number and thus access to the local health care system. Previously I would have needed to use my US insurance for routine care. However, I had a bike accident resulting in a concussion and needed emergency medical attention. I was fully covered, including many nights in the hospital, several MRIs, and two months of outpatient treatment. No bureaucratic lines, no hassles of any sort, 100% first care, easy treatment. During last year's presidential election season, Denmark was referenced often as a place where according to Bernie Sanders health care works and according to Republicans: "we don't want socialized medicine like in Denmark." Well ... Bernie is right. It works great here. It is hassle free. And the total costs are LESS than in the States. Sounds like something that our leaders should more seriously look into!

  • tagged Stacey Akers' Quality Care Isn't Compromised #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 04:09:09 -0400

    Quality Care Isn't Compromised #DAresists #Medicare4all

    My daughter (then 7) broke her arm at 6pm on a Friday night. Our doctor met us at the local hospital 15 minutes later. The X-ray technician had gone home so he gave her a call and she came back in to do the X-rays. I repeat, she came back in to work at 6:30pm on a Friday! We were home with my daughter's arm in a cast and pain relief by 7:30pm. As if that wasn't enough generosity- they didn't even charge the $25 after hours fee. Total cost for the broken arm $0. My son needed stitches in his head so the doctor asked the doctor in the office next door to put them in because he had plastic surgery experience and would leave minimal scarring. We waited 20 minutes and he was right, there was no scarring. I was once so sick and vomiting uncontrollably that I couldn't drive to the doctors office - my doctor sent a health shuttle to pick me up. My mother visited and got a lung infection. She was seen, without insurance, right away and given antibiotics. The visit and meds cost $45 and the illness didn't ruin her trip. Universal coverage doesn't mean longer waits or compromised care- it means peace of mind, it means no hesitation to get a consultation, care, treatment and medication. After 13 years in NZ & Australia, I wish this peace of mind for all my fellow Americans!

  • tagged Robert Kerr's Perspective of an American doctor working in India #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 02:47:11 -0400

    Perspective of an American doctor working in India #DAresists #Medicare4all

    As a doctor/medical physician in India, one developing country slowly rising out of the economic pit into a possible new economic super power, still has healthcare for all. There are drawbacks but still available. No one is turned away for reasons of lack of finance or insurance, rather they may be turned away because of the lack of space. Having worked in a Government run hospital, no emergency patient was turned away, once we had to since there was no more space, which means no floor space to place a mattress on the floor, we were working at double capacity with beds filled and beside each bed on the floor another mattress with a patient. We had to refer to our neighboring government hospital. Medicines had to be bought, and those who could not even afford this the doctors would pressure the pharmaceutical representatives to supply the necessary dosages for these poor patients, at times we had to sell our soul to the devil for these precious medications so that we could help patients. I don’t understand while the rest of the world enjoys healthcare, even the poorest, with the help of the government funding, why can’t our government for once ignore the bottom line and those who feed on that line (the “bottom feeders”) and serve the very people they were elected to serve? There is a reason I have invested heavily in health insurance here, I know I will not have to fight long hard battles for my stay in the hospitals etc with a company. People here are worried about the availability of medicines rather than medical care. There is a tier service, however that medical care is available is the issue. It is a sad day when people cannot get care because of cost that is driven not by anything else except the pharmaceutical, health insurance companies, and the legal system demanding high insurance rates from my American resident physicians.

  • tagged Robert Rosenbaum's Still Waiting #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 02:44:57 -0400

    Still Waiting #DAresists #Medicare4all

    One reason single payer works in Canada is that each Province runs its own program. Federal involvement is limited. When comparing the US with Canada remember that we have very long wait times. This helps reduce costs but has only worked so far because we are so polite -- that may not last much longer. It will be very difficult to modernize, especially medication and dentistry. Supplementary services are only covered by private insurance and employers don't always make good partners. Canadians like to compare themselves with the US but we don't look so great compared to Europe and other developed countries. Some Canadian doctors are willing to work on a salary, which has some advantages but that would probably not be acceptable in the US.

  • commented on The right to health care is written into the Costa Rican constitution #DAresists #Medicare4all 2017-09-22 02:34:00 -0400
    Great story that shows the benefits and challenges of universal healthcare.
  • tagged Margaret Van Dusen's Canadian Healthcare Saved Our Son's Life #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2017-09-22 02:32:03 -0400

    Canadian Healthcare Saved Our Son's Life #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I am a U.S. citizen who moved to Toronto in 1980 to attend graduate school. While there, I met and married my husband, who was a seminary student at the time. In 2010, our nineteen-year-old son was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. Although the tumor was benign, it was compressing his brain stem, and required complicated surgery in two stages. Two full days' use of an operating room and three surgeons were required, so there was a slight delay until the necessary scheduling could be worked out. From the time of his diagnosis until his surgery took place was only a matter of six weeks. He was hospitalized for two weeks, then had six weeks of radiation a year later, and has had a series of MRIs and follow-up appointments at regular intervals ever since. I would not be able to begin to estimate the cost of his medical care over the past eight years - and the ongoing care he will need for the rest of his life. In all this time, the only bill we ever received was for the rental of a TV while he was in the hospital. We are a single income clergy couple, with a daughter who has her own medical concerns, so we would have been bankrupted several times over had we not had Canada's universal health care. I am happy to say that our son went on to graduate with honors from the University of Waterloo, and now works full time for a computer software company in Toronto. He will always have some disabilities as a result of the tumor, as well as the surgery and radiation. But for now, he is doing well. I'd like to conclude with a story told to us by one of our son's surgeons, who did a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford. He had operated on a man who developed complications, and required additional surgery. As the man was being wheeled down to the operating room, a message was received from his health insurance provider, stating that the gentleman had maxed out his insurance coverage. The hospital staff were advised to take the man back to his room and discharge him. At that point, our doctor decided that he would return to Canada to pursue his medical career. Based on our family's experience, I cannot imagine living in a country without universal health care.

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