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Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

National Medicare for all (single-payer) is the one health system reform that is not a fantasy, the one reform that is truly universal, that will cover all necessary care and allow free choice of providers, that will address the terrible inequities that characterize our current system, and that includes evidence-based cost control measures that make it sustainable into the future. Instead of creating elaborate and expensive bureaucratic procedures for discouraging patients from getting care and rewarding clinicians for withholding it in a doomed attempt to save money, a single-payer system will greatly reduce bureaucracy, generating enough savings--more than $500 billion per year--to care for everyone and do a better job than we do now. This is not impossible at all; rather a growing movement--in Illinois and the nation--is educating and organizing to make it a reality. Please join us. Anne Scheetz, Chicago; member, Illinois Single-Payer Coalition and Physicians for a National Health Program

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Posted by AnneScheetz on 02/11/2017 at 3:36 PM
Posted by C.J. on 02/11/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

I would like to see transparency in billing for medical procedures. I'm a musician, I'm covered under the ACA, essentially just catastrophic coverage. I have a chronic condition and should be monitored regarding its progression. When I contact hospitals about one particular test they quote me outrageous figures, compared to when I had comprehensive coverage. I have records of the same test being billed at a fraction of what I'm being quoted now. Something is fishy.

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Posted by ddmcn on 02/11/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

You got it Mikey. Every other industrialized nation on earth has some form of single payer at the core of their healthcare delivery system and most outrank the US in any metrics measuring health outcomes. But we can't do it here because "entitlements," and exhibit A for your case is the fucking Soviet Union. Thanks for the impressive economics lesson.

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Posted by Duuuude on 02/10/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

The richest Country in the world can't afford to provide basic health care for it's citizens, but has plenty of money to fund a global war machine.
What's wrong with this picture?

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 02/10/2017 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

Derek, Marcus and Duuuude, unfortunately, single payer universal health care is a fiscal fantasy.

Has anyone noticed we went $10 TRILLION (That's right, a 'T' for TRILLION) further into debt during the Obama administration? There are NO countries in the world who have EVER lasted more than 75 years without currency collapse due to entitlements? Remember the Soviet Union? Had to chop 3 zeros off of the Ruble in 1998. Many of the their 'greatest generation' who fought in WW 2 lived close to starvation after their pensions became worthless. Russia's 'safety net' is a fraction of what it used to be. Longingly looking to Europe? Greece is still waiting to depart the Euro and create a new (heavily discounted) Drachma. This fate is also looming for Italy, and then France. Spain and Portugal are also staggering along with huge debt.

Everyone wants the government to take care of them. Unfortunately, the cold hard reality is that we have to take of ourselves and our families.

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Posted by Mikey Wright on 02/10/2017 at 3:36 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

A president is supposed to be a leader, so why did Obama never even say he was in favor of single-payer, let alone try to marshal support for it? Answer: because he wasn't in favor of it. Had he come out strongly and publicly in favor, millions of Americans would have lined up behind him, and Congress would have had to take notice.

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Posted by Derek Davis on 02/09/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

"Obama could have simply expanded Medicare into a workable universal healthcare system"

I say this as someone in favor of single payer - you're talking completely out your ass here. He never remotely had the votes to get a single payer program through Congress. I don't know who is more demented, the Trumpkins who think a centrist like Obama was a hardcore Marxist, or the people on the left who think he had a magic wand that could have rained down all manner of progressive legislation upon the working classes IF ONLY HE'D BEEN WILLING TO TRY!

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Posted by Duuuude on 02/09/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

@ Derek Davis:

Right you are, sir! Obama could have simply expanded Medicare into a workable universal healthcare system, but, oh no, he and his cronies in Congress had to create an absurd monstrosity instead ("We have to pass it to see what's in it" --Nancy Pelosi's approach to parliamentary governance). Obamakare is a gigantic scam designed largely to line the pockets of the fat cats in the insurance industry and the fat cats in the Democratic Party too. It is absolutely not designed to promote affordable, competent, humane healthcare. This despite all the propaganda spewing from the shills in the M.S.M. and beyond. The Reader must be getting bedpans full of cash to publish this shit.

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Posted by Marcus Welby on 02/09/2017 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act

Here's an affordable care act for you: Universal Health Care for all Americans. Simply expand Medicare coverage to everybody - everybody in, nobody out. Remember how hard Obama fought for this during his first administration (not)?

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Posted by Derek Davis on 02/08/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Five local labels that had excellent years in 2016

Kimochi Sound had 5 grea EPs and two more records on new-in-2016 sublabel Tesuji!

Posted by ViktorNamakov on 02/04/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Lumpen Radio amplifies voices from the margins

Lumpen Radio has launched an inauguration-day project to allow listeners to share their feelings about the incoming administration.…

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Posted by Philip Montoro on 01/20/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “The Ballad of Jim and Dannie

Everyone who worked at Wax Trax in chi at the end of the 80s wwere part of the reason that i have great memories of the store. Uncle Al was there and everyone let us walk up to him and chat for 10 min. Where in the world would that happen now...... Nowhere.
Thanks to all who worked there, you may not realize the impact you had on so many of our lives.

Posted by Frank Sn Ramone on 01/16/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Saxophonist Greg Ward returns to Chicago on Mingus wings

What a fantastic article, Peter! I had just downloaded the album and was listening to it for the first time and then searched the web for more info on Greg and found your article. This album is a tour de force and one of the best jazz albums released in 2016 (and I've heard many) I wish Greg all the success in the world. He deserves it.

Posted by Robert Middleton on 01/15/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “The ten best jazz records of 2016

I'm enjoying the Secret Society CD, though I wish there was more voice sampling throughout. Topically, it also seems a bit trapped in amber, given the events of the past couple months.

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Posted by C.J. on 01/01/2017 at 1:40 AM

Re: “How can grassroots musicians fight the Trump beast?

Stop performing. That should really have a massive effect on everyone's life.

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Posted by happy2b on 12/18/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “How can grassroots musicians fight the Trump beast?

Please boycott all the Cultural Marxist criminals trying to destroy human civilization.

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Posted by Hot to Trotsky on 12/16/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “How can grassroots musicians fight the Trump beast?

Tell ya what...let's wait for his genius to Make America Great Again, return the economy to normal levels, put some cash back in the pockets of people like a decade ago (which you Millennials couldn't possibly remember) and then maybe I will have some disposable income to support LIVE MUSIC again!!

This whole notion of what I'm reading here is utterly absurd. Thank GOD Crooked Hillary is not in charge!

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Posted by Matt Schademann on 12/16/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Comedian Nicholas Rouley on Birdcloud’s shit-kickin’ straight talk

birdcloud is also a band that is racist af

Posted by parx on 12/15/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “How can grassroots musicians fight the Trump beast?

@Lee V. Gaines
Let's forget our differences, gather, join hands, and sing KUMBAYA MY LORD!

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Posted by Sez Me on 12/14/2016 at 5:27 PM