Resources

Maine’s Support for Universal Healthcare Is Growing!

In Maine and the USA, we are living in unusual and tumultuous times. Resistance, persistence, and advocacy. Healthcare is one of the daily topics in the news. Now is the time to get the word out about health care for EVERYONE in Maine. Healthcare rallies in support of the ACA have repeatedly become calls for “Improved Medicare for All in Maine: simple, sensible, and fair.”

Films

If your group is interested in screening any of the films mentioned here please let us know. We will try our best to schedule a showing in your community along with a discussion on how we, in Maine, can achieve health care for everyone.

FIX IT – Healthcare at the Tipping Point a must see documentary for all Americans

This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens. Produced by Richard Master, owner and CEO of MCS Industries, an Easton PA company.

My company now has to pay $1.5 million a year to provide access to health care for our workers and their dependents. When I investigated where all that money goes, I was shocked. I found that the first three cents of every premium dollar goes to the insurance agent who helps MCS select an insurance plan and negotiate rates with our insurer. The next 20 cents goes to the insurance company to help pay for its sales and marketing and other administrative functions, which includes the work of a huge staff that does nothing more than approve or deny care. Another 10 cents (at least) goes to cover what it costs doctors and hospitals to handle the massive amount of paper work and phone time made necessary by my insurance company’s pre-­approval demands, denials and other payment issues. That’s 33 cents of every premium dollar, 33 cents that has nothing to do with the delivery of health care.

Excerpt from a introductory letter by Richard Master

For arranging a FREE screening of this one hour documentary please email us.

Now is the time: Healthcare for everybody

The powerful movie shows core problems with the US healthcare “system” and the obstacles to change. Interviews with key players and archival video from Senate ACA hearings and Vermont single-payer efforts are gripping, the graphics are helpful, and the filmmakers’ first person healthcare disaster stories ground the film in 2016 realities.

One viewer said, “It underscored the disgraceful posture and behavior of Obama and the Democrats surrounding the enactment of the ACA, a law that leaves many uninsured or grossly underinsured, nicely demonstrating the moral bankruptcy at the law's core inasmuch as the law was largely shaped by the health insurance industry, which continues to game the system to avoid paying for needed care.’”

Another commented, “Now I get it- costs skyrocket because our system is profit-driven, so mega-merging institutions (like Mass General Hospital) raise prices, big Pharma is unrestrained, and insurance companies keep profits up through government collusion with network-narrowing, lemon-dropping and cherry-picking!”

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FixIt

Now is the time: Healthcare for everybody

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Reading List

If there is an area of agreement among most Americans about our health care system today, it is about its complexity. In order to improve it, citizens must develop some level of understanding of how the system operates – or doesn't, depending on your perspective – and who the key players are. We have received suggestions from a number of experts and pulled together a Reading List that will help educate people interested in making health care universally accessible, affordable and effective.

American Health Care System

  • Clifton Leaf - The Truth in Small Doses - Why We're Losing the War on Cancer - and How to Win It, Simon and Shuster – 2013
  • Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh - Medicare Meltdown: How Washington and Wall Street Are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It - Rowman and Littlefield – 2013
  • Paul Starr - The Social Transformation of American Medicine – 1984
  • Arnold Relman - A Second Opinion – 2007
  • Maggie Mahar - Money-driven Medicine – 2006
  • Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle  - Uninsured in America - 2006
  • Philip Bredesen - Fresh Medicine –– 2010
  • Barlett and Steele - Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business – and Bad Medicine - 2005
  • Jonathan Cohn – The Untold Story of American’s Health Care Crisis – Reed-Elsevier – April, 2007
  • David Cutler – Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America’s Health Care System – Oxford University Press – 2004
  • Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity - Marc Roberts, William Hsiao, Peter Berman and Michael Reich - 2008
  • Pickett and Wilkenson - The Spirit Level – Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger – 2009
  • Blumenthal and Morone - The Heart of Power - University of California Press - 2009
  • Wendell Potter - Deadly Spin - 2010
  • T.R. Reid – The Healing of America - 2010
  • Altman and Schactman - Power, Politics and Universal Health Care - Prometheus - 2011
  • Jacobs and Skocpol - Health Care Reform and American Politics - Oxford U. Press - 2012
  • Stiglitz - The Economists Voice 2.0: The FInancial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More - Columbia U. Press - 2012

 

Medical Practice

  • Bernard Lown  - The Lost Art of Healing –1999
  • Shannon Brownlee - Overtreated – 2007
  • Gibson and Singh  - The Treatment Trap - 2010
  • Otis Webb Brawley and Paul Goldberg - How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America - 2012

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Jerry Avorn – Powerful Medicines – 2004
  • Marcia Angell - The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It-– 2005
  • Jerry Kassirer - On The Take – 2005
  • Jacky Law – Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda – Avalon – 2006
  • John Abramson - Overdosed America – 2008
  • Melody Peterson - Our Daily Meds – 2009