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Physician: The rich can’t buy their way out of a coronavirus pandemic

March 9, 2020

Coronavirus is a very good case for Medicare
for All, but, as doctors, we see the case for Medicare for All all the time. Our diabetic patients can’t afford the insulin
they need to stay alive. People with chronic conditions come in late,
when they’ve already gotten complications, because they can’t afford to see their doctors. Some of those people are uninsured, but many
of them have insurance, but they can’t afford to use it due to copayments and deductibles. We see immigrants who are afraid to seek care
because of the new draconian immigration laws that put their immigration status at risk
if they use public services like healthcare. So there’s plenty of case already for Medicare
for All. I think that’s the reason why the majority
of exit polls show that voters overwhelmingly support the idea of Medicare for All, at least
from the Democratic side. We won’t have a vaccine for a while. We may find that some antiviral drugs are
a little bit helpful. These can be very expensive, and it’s really
critical that they be paid for for everyone. We’ve been talking a lot about vulnerable
populations, like poor people, like immigrants, but the lack of Medicare for All is forcing
us to fight this epidemic with a hand tied behind our back, and that threatens everyone,
including wealthy people and people with insurance. You know, 25% of cab drivers don’t have
health insurance in this country, 12% of home health aides, 15% of cleaners. So, rich people cannot avoid coming into contact
with this epidemic just because they’re rich. No matter how much money you have, you cannot
buy your way out of this epidemic. We’re going to have to conquer coronavirus
together. And that’s the whole idea behind Medicare
for All. My other point is that these one-off measures
are great — you know, Cuomo’s rules or the $8 billion that’s been released — but
one-off measures leave us fighting this epidemic with too little, too late. We needed these things in place a month ago
or two months ago. And we need these things in place for the
next epidemic and the next one after that. We need a health system that lets everybody
who has symptoms go get the healthcare they need, and get the information they need to
stop spreading the virus.


  • Reply Daniel Steel March 5, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    You can, actually. And many already have.

  • Reply Dittzx March 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Trump: Older folks dying means I don't have to cut Social Security.😜

  • Reply SeaJay Oceans March 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    FIRST ! And the most important thing: wash your hands a lot with soap and water, avoid touching your face, avoid unnecessary travel, and boycott anything at all Made in China. Why take the risk of buying contaminated products ? The ''experts'' tell you ''oh, it's safe to buy stuff from China'' – just like they told the people on the Cruise Ships they would all be O.K. Well — they are NOT O.K., and a SECOND cruise ship is now shut down under quarentine off the coast of California. Protect your family, buy everything Made in USA .

  • Reply liberty Ann March 5, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    These are great points she's making. Bernie 2020!

  • Reply DOE John March 5, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Trump is demonic

  • Reply James Randal March 5, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Truth !!!

  • Reply Sim Tard March 5, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    oh no. rich people are going to have a cold

  • Reply Rob Vann March 5, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Just think of how many people will be carriers and in some cases carriers trying to stay below the radar of the medical system. This is completely insane.

  • Reply Robert Glenn San Socie March 5, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    We need Bernie. The DNC will shove JOE down our throats. Watch the body count grow Joe while you protect insurance companies and our Dear Friends On Wall Street.

  • Reply moon lee March 5, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Also hard to see a doctor in rural areas with not enough doctors in many areas.

  • Reply Richie Tattersall March 5, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    When every person has healthcare, everyone is healthier, people that don't have to wait till their symptoms are so bad they have to go to an emergency room. How many people did THEY infect while they waited.

  • Reply Andrew Smith March 5, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    I'm a medical doctor in SF and I can no longer maintain my silence out of good conscience. For those of you who know me, I have revealed the past coverup and Censorship by the Oligarch controlled media and regime led by Trump that abuses human rights and silenced Infectious Disease experts like Dr Fauci. He has since been threatened and bullied into retracting the statement of being silenced

    I am here to reveal that the authorities in the US intentionally denied the use of ECMO as a means of sustaining the lives of the 9 American deaths so far in Washington State alone.

    ECMO and other truly vital lifesaving treatments are only reserved for the rich elite. You can call up your insurer to ensure that they cover ECMO for you. Go check it up yourself. In China, ECMO was used even for those who could not afford it and was found to have been lifesaving in many cases according to the WHO Team in China led by Dr Bruce Aylward. We unfortunately live in a country run by corrupt Oligarchs with a biased/undemocratic media company spinning lies to hide the truth. It is shameful that our country is denying the most basic of human rights – the right to life- to American citizens while the supposedly evil "ChiComs" are providing it for free to their citizens.


  • Reply Mardan P. March 5, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    The U.S. has an ancient healthcare system, as many other aspects lag behind, as well, resulting in racism, gun violence etc.

  • Reply Norma Bussey March 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    FEAR EVERY VACCINE……Vaccines are a dangerous poisoning cult built on LIES…….NO VACCINE is safe, the devils work, poisoning your body the temple by Pharmakeia sorcery. Wake up people & don’t run to their murderous vaccines.

  • Reply DOE John March 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    How come trump doesn't like his natural skin complexion?

  • Reply Josh Lockie March 5, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    They can if they created it

  • Reply Jo Molololo March 5, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Never let a pandemic go unused huh Ladies , yall are the sick ones.

  • Reply rene trossman March 5, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    And tRump can't tweet it away either…

  • Reply tickettothemoon March 6, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Sure they can. It's called a yacht, at sea.

  • Reply RussCR5187 March 6, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I just wanted to mention that the rich can't buy their way out of climate breakdown either. The bunkers that some are building will not save them. The technicians and guards they employ to keep the bunker going will figure out the score one night over a friendly game of poker. Since the rich don't really know how to do anything practical, they become dead weight. Superfluous consumers of food. Bye bye rich guy.

  • Reply Yogan Barrientos March 6, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Exactly- we need it! EVERYONE must be Covered, because its humane, moral, right thing to do, and its very CHEAP once everyone participate in it a single payment, and once we crack down on the corrupt prices of the Insurance companies and hospitals.

  • Reply Sam Tallarico March 6, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Biden and Trump will kill us all both are beholden to big Pharma.

  • Reply B. Greene March 6, 2020 at 12:20 am

    My “moderate” Dem friends think that Medicare for all is an idea that is “too radical” for the US. Radical is allowing 68,000 Americans to die each year from preventable illnesses simply to ensure corporate profits.

  • Reply Paul Hardrick March 6, 2020 at 12:24 am


  • Reply Yatespeare March 6, 2020 at 12:25 am

    But the rich can buy an island.

  • Reply B S March 6, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Hear that people?! If we want Medicare for all we need to start coughing on rich people !

  • Reply Mick Rj March 6, 2020 at 12:29 am

    The rich people can move to Mars.

  • Reply pcuimac March 6, 2020 at 12:41 am

    I really hope Bloomberg catches it and goes missing in action.

  • Reply K L March 6, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Its like the Edgar Allen Poe story, the Mask of the Red death. The rich leave the city and have a carnival, only to find death has crashed the party. Good story to read.

  • Reply Jim French March 6, 2020 at 1:04 am

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  • Reply Nasral Nasrallah March 6, 2020 at 1:13 am

    The insurance companies made sure that Bernie is not nominated

  • Reply C T March 6, 2020 at 1:21 am

    What is the worth of a billion Dollars, if there are no people in the planet?

    Granted, this virus will never cause that, but is only a matter of time before one does.

  • Reply Jeanne Brauher March 6, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Most people have unaffordable healthcare. This is a crime.

  • Reply Robbin Papalucas March 6, 2020 at 2:14 am

    Diabetes can be reversed. Stop the lies.

  • Reply Dixon Yamowthe March 6, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Sure they can they have healthcare

  • Reply Kelli Votel March 6, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Some of them have likely already taken the vaccine…Just a thought. Don’t shoot the messenger.

  • Reply T W March 6, 2020 at 4:11 am

    A Biden or Drumf presidency means more Americans will surely die. Come on America,are you really that stupid to vote for anyone but Senator Sanders? If Sanders is not the next President, countries all over the world should ban U.S citizens from entering their countries.

  • Reply Scot Fretwell March 6, 2020 at 4:32 am


  • Reply Xeno Phon March 6, 2020 at 4:50 am

    Yeah actually they can. Quarantine works, they have enough money to make their own closed environments just fine.

  • Reply George Wawryck March 6, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Dr Woolhandler saying how it really is !

  • Reply Joshua Sanchez March 6, 2020 at 5:01 am

    ehh I’m not afraid of corona virus. 80-90% of the deaths will be elderly people. should help bernie win

  • Reply Erick Erick705 March 6, 2020 at 5:22 am

    We also need to look at the root of the problem, which is the unnecessary consumption of animal products.

  • Reply Melanie Elliott March 6, 2020 at 5:24 am

    I have a nerf football sized fibrous tumor in my Uterus . I bleed out every couple of months where I need to go to the ER to get a blood transfusion. I can not afford health insurance . The hospitals give me 6-9 units of blood each time , but refuse to operate and give me a much needed hysterectomy . I guess the band aid transfusion and hospital stay is cheaper? Doubt it! I also Had my thyroid removed in '06 due to thyroid cancer . no insurance = no meds , so I get them illegally . I am a hard working tax payer , single mother of a young man on the spectrum . I NEED M4A , and I am not the only one in this country like me . There are thousands of us . We need Bernie Sanders to be #46.

  • Reply Melanie Elliott March 6, 2020 at 5:27 am

    I have heard a suggestion by some people that say if you get a cough , find a rich person , cough on them , then follow them to their doctors , and you can find out if you are infected with Covid19 that way . the society we live in , its scary , and appalling!

  • Reply MoonMilkMan March 6, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I disagree. I think that the possibility for the rich to buy their way out of “this” is…. was (maybe) possible. Imagine if CEO’s, period, were earning 991% less and then, those profits were distributed evenly throughout the company, community, and country…

  • Reply Happy March 6, 2020 at 5:50 am

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  • Reply Thomas Anderson March 6, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Tackle corona virus together? But that sounds like socialism. I'm not sure if independently wealthy americans want to cooperate with others. It's all about freedom right? Thank God I live in canada.

  • Reply Dominik Mittag March 6, 2020 at 7:07 am

    great points!

  • Reply Cerise Jones March 6, 2020 at 8:30 am

    The rich and buy their way out of the coronavirus, but they can park their doomsday shelter next to it…

  • Reply Jos Nijsten March 6, 2020 at 8:44 am

    I still hear the quire about solidarity, fighting together, all for one, one for all, when it’s about war and making money. Now we need to work together to fight a disease but only the money makers can afford a treatment. However, … the virus doesn’t care about your bank account. Medicare for all, on the other hand, can stop the spreading of corona but the government doesn’t want you to have it unless they can make money out of it. So, the virus will spread.

  • Reply stoeger 2 March 6, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Ya pay for health insurance but can't afford to use it (that is a crazy system )

  • Reply randall2020 March 6, 2020 at 8:52 am

    FDR was in favor of universal healthcare already. Why don't we have it?

  • Reply Hong Wei Yu March 6, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Trump should have let the medical experts in CDC to lead in dealing with the virus. But why pence? Trump cutoff budget to CDC and silenced them, instead he urged the med company to make vaccines fast but that can't happen soon enough. Get CDC whatever they need to do their job. And stop interfer CDC politically.

  • Reply La Luba March 6, 2020 at 11:14 am

    About now it is obvious that the problem of being a fellow human, is not only something that is significant for the republican party . It has deep roots in the democratic party as well.

  • Reply Pauline Makdisi March 6, 2020 at 12:01 pm


  • Reply Darrell Petersen March 6, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    This is what happens when your government only care about the rich

  • Reply Darrell Petersen March 6, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Hope the virus visits the white house

  • Reply Rose Green March 6, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Diabitis is way more deadly than Corona virus.

  • Reply kostasbr51 March 6, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    El objetivo de un sistema público de salud para todos es que la población esté sana. Porque así se ahorrarán costes (médicos, sociales, laborales, etc).
    El objetivo de los sistemas de seguros privados es que mucha gente esté enferma, porque ahí está su negocio.
    Cada uno sabrá qué es lo que prefiere.

  • Reply kostasbr51 March 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks to Dr Steffie W. for her words. True and clear.

  • Reply Cosmodian Sagansfire March 6, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    If you are young VOTE!

  • Reply Matt Hiatt March 6, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Greed will destroy us all

  • Reply Pirate Smurf March 6, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Am Pre Diabetic. I cant go to a Doctor my insurance is garbage. I work for one of top Security Guard companies in the US. By the age 50 I'll. Quit my job and go homless maybe then I'll get health insurance

  • Reply Pirate Smurf March 6, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Lets replace joe the Joker Biden with this doctor she would make better President

  • Reply Global Warmhugs March 6, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Drumph needs to get medicare for all, or his KFC supply will run out!

  • Reply Bitsof Bytes March 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    TY for this DN!

  • Reply Charm Life March 6, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Playing with people health insurance was all fun and game until the Coronavirus said “hello can I play too”.

  • Reply TheSaltLakers March 6, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Silver linings.

  • Reply Viracocha March 6, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    The rich hold America's work force hostage with the promise health insurance in exchange for work. We must have Medicare for all for a healthier populous.

  • Reply Free Lander March 6, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Can't be rich if the people you exploit are dead

  • Reply cauldron March 7, 2020 at 5:29 am


  • Reply StealieSteve March 7, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Biden is owned by Big Healthcare. Richest country in the history of the 🌎. Economy based on war and regime changes to steal countries wealth. We got issues 🙃🙃🙃Demented Biden is NOT the solution.

  • Reply Adriano Bulla March 8, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    I live in Europe… Well, had to take a medicine which would have cost 23,000 a month for 2 months… It's FREE.

    And we pay LESS in healthcare per person than in the U.S., much, much less, I think about 30-50% less… But it's all free, forever, no hassle.

    I would literally consider having the constant worry of not being covered by insurance one day, just when I am very ill, maybe after a long sickness, lose all, go bankrupt and who knows what else living a life in nightmare…

    Life is a God given right, and so is the right to health care.

  • Reply mark haas March 8, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Wow. I guess it's a good thing that Trump restricted travel from China shortly after news of the Coronavirus broke.

  • Reply D Confused March 8, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    I would like the news be reported with all 5 questions answered. Who,what, where, when, and WHY. How does a person in a senior home die of corona virus. Why did they contract it? Surely others there have it. Quarantine the home. ? Oh and the fish eye lens filming a cruise ship on the Ocean trying to prove a curve. HA. seems ships would fall more easier off a globe earth than a flat one that no one could ever reach the edge blocked in by ice caps.

  • Reply Sridharan Srivathsan March 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    "Masque of Red Death" fits in here nicely

  • Reply Stephane Jourdren March 9, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Bernie cares people not money Bernie president

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