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My 28-year-old daughter's stroke's a wake-up call to all: Medicare for All.

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Why do we need Medicare for All? Let me tell you a personal story. Please listen to the entire video and share it.

Many people look at healthcare, Medicare for All and more in an abstract fashion. Empathy dictates seeing through the eyes of others and how their needs could be yours.

Check out the full episode here.

My daughter, Ashley, received excellent medical care for her unexpected stroke last week. As a 3rd year medical student at the University's hospital, she was able to navigate for services easier. The doctors, nurses, and staff were as exceptional as they could in a corrupt healthcare system.

The fear is, of course, that the bill she is about to receive; she will not be able to afford. Here is a young lady who went into medicine saying,

"Dad, I want to be a doctor to help all those underprivileged people I see suffering," my daughter once told me. "I won't ever get rich being a doctor because to be rich as a doctor means you cannot care too much for people."

When she becomes a doctor she will be hundreds of thousands in debt just for medical school. When the bill for her stroke is tabulated and added (she cannot ever pay that till after college) it would add substantially to that debt. Interestingly, given her goal of taking care of people over getting rich, a pay-it-forward education would provide a much bigger bang for the buck as she concentrated on healing patients instead of maximizing profits from patients to pay off her debts.

We need Medicare for All

But we have been so indoctrinated by a plutocracy who would prefer to pilfer all, we just are having a hard time getting to Medicare for All which would solve all of these problems including with other legislation, create a launchpad to bring in more doctors with both pay-it-forward college and student debt forgiveness.

So what can you do? Make sure to tell your lived experiences with our corrupt money extractive wealth transferring legalized thieving system truthfully. Most find that our healthcare industrial complex -- health insurance, pharmaceutical, hospital corporations -- find ever novel ways to take more of our hard-earned dollars. We must not allow this to stand.
If you have a compelling story however small, please drop me a line. I may contact you to appear on Politics Done Right.


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Egberto WilliesEgberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is "political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship". He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to accumulate wealth while (more...)
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Beautiful daughter. Navigating today's medical system is sometimes like being adrift in a life boat, with no land in sight. Luckily, she has caring family.

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Ashley mentioned diet, exercise and stress as lifestyle variables that can affect vulnerability to disease. what she did not mention is sun exposure.

I spent my summers under the blazing sun of the Nevada desert. When I learned of evolution white skin made no sense to me. I did not know that my ancestors came from where the sun does not shine much.

I learned over time how skin color variation works. Direct sunlight can penetrate white skin to the core of the body. It destroys folate. So at or close to the equator black skinned women are more likely to have healthy babies. White skin produces vitamin D3 much more efficiently than black skin A child born to a white skinned woman far from the equator will be more likely to survive. The D3 is vital for flexible bones and disease resistance including hypertension. One of the reasons blacks living in the North have higher all cause mortality risks is they make D3 much less efficiently so must supplement. I have black friends who did just that and their hypertension decreased dramaticly. That is not a complete explanation of skin color and evolution but it is sufficient.

Submitted on Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 at 8:56:35 PM

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