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British Citizens SHOCKED To Learn How Badly Americans Get Screwed On Healthcare


An amazing new video is gone viral on social
media posted by the Twitter account politics, Joe underscore U K and in this video, Britains
were asked how much they think American citizens pay for certain kinds of healthcare. You know,
certain services at the hospital or at the doctor or certain medications. And all of
them were shocked at how badly American citizens are getting screwed with our healthcare system.
Here’s a brief sniff a snippet from this video. Take a look. So two EpiPens. How much do you reckon they
are? $80. $600. $40? I’m afraid not. More? More. A hundred dollars? $150? More. $250
More. Shut the fridge. 300 pounds. $600? What? Why? That’s a very good question. $600 yeah. For me it’s more like just hives and shortness
of breath. So it wouldn’t be like an immediate death situation. But like, so I’ve been fortunate
about how to use it, but it’s something like, keep on me. Like I have my backpack right
now. I have it on me. Cost of childbirth. She’s um, 50 grand, something ridiculous.
Now I’ve blown it. I’ve blown the figures up in your head. And I have an odd cause they’re
large. It’s the highest generally speaking. About 30 grand. Okay. Okay. Reasonable, reasonable.
It’s so, it’s just like now I’m like a what? A benchmark. A hundred $200. Yeah. Uh, the average is about
10 grand. It can go up to 30,000. 10 Grand for a baby? An inhaler. $100. Yeah, you’re
pretty close. It’s a bit more $120? $250 – $350? For an inhaler. Yes. So if you’re poor, you’re
dead. I believe the young woman said it best when
she said, so if you’re poor, your dead, which is pretty much how the United States system
of healthcare operates today. If you’re poor, you’re dead. Her little soundbite, right?
There needs to be a campaign video, but only for the politicians who are actually pushing
universal healthcare. Medicare for all single payer plans. Not for your Medicare, for all
who wanted people, but for your Bernie Sanders types. If you’re poor, you’re dead. And that’s
not an overstatement. That’s not hyperbole. That’s what’s happening in the United States
today. People are having to ration their medicine. They’re having to hop the border both North
and South to go to be able to afford medications to stockpile it so that they can actually
afford it. And again, this is a uniquely American occurrence. Other countries do not pay the
markups that we pay here in the United States. Their governments negotiate drug prices. We
don’t because we’ve made it to where we can’t. We have promised drug companies that we’re
not going to do that because those drug companies are the ones who fund most of our politicians.
The healthcare industry funds them to the insurance industry funds them to the hospital
corporation. Every part of the healthcare system has their dirty little fingers on at
least one politician making these rules, allowing these companies to continue to gouge us at
the point of service. This has to stop and the only way to stop it is Medicare for all.
Not all who want it? Medicare for all period. End of policy. That’s the only way. And you
can’t phase it in either. I’m sorry you can’t. I do like Elizabeth Warren, but her, let’s
take our time. Put her feet up, just gradually get to Medicare for all. Nope, that’s not
good. That’s not good enough. People will still die. So let’s Institute a plan that,
yeah, guess what folks? It’s going to be a little painful at first. It’s gonna be a little
hard to figure out in the first couple of weeks and after that, everything should be
okay. Change is hard sometimes, but not as hard as losing a loved one because they couldn’t
afford their insulin. Which would you rather have a couple of weeks of confusion about
healthcare or sticking someone you love in the ground because of the price gouging from
big pharma.


Reader Comments

  1. If you poor you die and now your children go hungry and die two ,trump really knows how to get rid of the so call undesirables, trump's plan help the rich and use the poor to keep power and fool them with promises ,then turn the heat up by taking away food assistance

  2. I've just had my second hip replacement here in the UK, it cost me nothing.
    Looked up what it would cost in the states…$32,000 each, you guys are getting royaly screwed.

  3. The conservative( tories.etc) in countries with free health care, are always chipping away at these systems to trying to implement an American system

  4. FINALLY!!!! a short concise video that Americans can see so that they realize how they’re being robbed blind!!! I live in the US, but in my country (one in Western Europe) there’s free healthcare and private healthcare, which is peanuts, and no one has to go broke to be in good health!!!
    Oh, and the doctors and facilities are great, even though the big fat lie Americans are told is that the quality of healthcare would go way down….absolute bullshit.

  5. In Denmark we have a public tender on drug prices every forthnight, the cheapest are going to deliver the drugs for the next 2 weeks. As you can parallel import drugs from all over EU (and associated countries) we have a number of companies giving lower prices on genuine, original drugs – sometimes 50% – I know about it, I have been in the business.
    For USA, the companies buying the drugs demand so high discounts that most drugcompanies has to multiply their 'normal' price with a factor 6-7. They know if they object, they will not sell anything, if they tell about it, they are blacklisted.
    They tell themselves, that these discount will trickle down to the patients, while the insurance companies and their CEOs pocket the profit.
    As long as you don't have medicare for all, you will pay 6-7 times the price for medicine compared to the rest of the world

  6. Any of the ppl in any country if would be treated like the American working class they would NOT take it! Wake up America! Vote politicians that are working in your interests not for the 1%. Wake up!

  7. And Boris, the guy from the party who want to sell off the NHS, is winning in the polls. England still thinks they can get a better deal with the US without the bargaining power of being with 27 other counties at the same side of the table. The Silly Sods.

  8. I've had braindead republicans telling me the drug companies sold their medicines to us europeans at a loss, and they had to pay those ridiculous inflated prices because of "big Pharma" balancing that loss with their "extra cash".
    How do you generate such people?
    Oh, sorry… I forgot you also don't have some public education worth that title.
    And that clown in the white house dates too call other countries "shitholes"!

  9. I'm dying of prostrate cancer because I'm not qualified for medical insurance, I'm not disabled, and I'm not employable. But hey, don't worry. Trump is cutting my food stamps so I'll be starving before the cancer gets me. Welcome to America.

  10. My 84 year old mom voted for Trump and deeply regrets it, but she is also against any "social" program like Medicare for All and doesn't think kids should get free college, as she came from the generation that picked themselves up by the bootstraps and didn't see a real need for higher education. I don't argue with her, I just say,"sigh,well mom whatever were doing now is not working" which she agrees.My family has double insurance and the cream of the best do to husband working for the government, and I also get Medicare. Sometimes when I see a bill for a visit it just blows my mind that they are billing the insurance companies 350-700 dollars a visit! I personally don't agree on open borders and free medical to adults, only children. It's going to take some real start policy changes to really work, but we have to try.

  11. Even if you have insurance, or Medicare as it is now, healthcare can be too expensive. I'm on Medicare now and can't afford my care. I often resort to taking Fish Antibiotics because that's way cheaper than doctors visits plus the prescriptions. Yes, I know that's not a good idea. But for certain ailments such as UTI's, I feel safe enough diagnosing myself. It can kill me if I don't treat it all, so Doctor Google and Fish Antibiotics have to do sometimes.

  12. In doing research on alternative medicines for my family I have learned of the use of WD40 for arthritis pain, Dog dewormer for cancer treatment, animal antibiotics are cheaper than for humans Moringa for eye problems. All of the people without healthcare are learning to take care of themselves. We don't need McTreason to give us anything.

  13. Holy Shit !!!!! Looking back, I’m so pleased that when I lived in the States for a few years I never needed medical attention !! I am in a good position financially but I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) which thankfully hasn’t had too much of an effect on me,as yet, even though I’m approaching fifty. I would be screwed if I lived in the US !!!
    I’ve benefited from the NHS my whole life but I’ve also paid my taxes which in turn benefits others who, for whatever reason, haven’t and I’m cool with that !! It’s called social responsibility !!

  14. But, but the billionaires need their tax cuts! Moreover, dangerously stupid Trumptards have warned us about the extreme dangers of Democratic Socialism, especially the cost of human right to life when billionaires and corporations stand to lose money if lives are valued and saved.

  15. Had a kidney transplant and cancer. Medication is ridiculously expensive because I have a chronic disease. So I moved to Italy. It's so great now 🙂 Ciao Ciao

  16. I am Australia and i am appalled and saddened at what at what is happening in richest most powerful country on earth, i had gestational diabetes when i was pregnant all my insulin the test strips the needles and the testpen everything was for free the government paid for it every month i didnt pay a dollar.

  17. Any lawyers out there ? I'm not a lawyer and I've got a legal question: If we know that someone is going to die unnecessarily in the near future, and we can prevent that death and yet do nothing, are we complicit in manslaughter or even murder? By extension; if we know that 30,000 to 50,000 people are going to die unnecessarily in the future and we can prevent it (by passing Medicare4All) but do nothing, are we not complicit in genocide of our own people ? That my friends is the bottom line on healthcare in the good 'ol USA, it's genocide ! You can argue about intent 'till the cows come home but I maintain whether you die from someone's malicious hatred or someone's greed and callous indifference, you're still dead.

  18. The corporations have done nothing wrong.
    Capitalism is all about making the most with spending the least.
    Don't blame the playa, CHANGE THE GAME!
    When the people demand a better system then maybe we can start the next phase without wage slavery.

  19. As an Australian I’m horrified at how much Americans have to pay for healthcare and the fact that it’s debated so vigorously. It’s an absolute NO BRAINER healthcare should not cost so much

  20. americans are so stupid for paying for healthcare. its insane, most the world has a form of the NHS except america, in america they are ruled by greed. i will never ever pay for healthcare. its against my beliefs. i would rather die than pay. also i have a small business , i couldnt afford to offer health insurance. even if it was the law to provide it, i wouldnt provide it, because i am british. and i am ABOVE paying for healthcare

  21. You would see the same reaction if us Australians were asked the same questions (and I bet the same if you asked anyone in most of the western world apart from the US.)

  22. the republicans,fox news and msnbc dont care that people are dying because of health care,they only care about their corporate donors

  23. The United States healthcare system is only geared to the Rich and those who can afford it through private insurance policies,The rich can get whatever they want in hospitals if they throw a couple million at them .I have heard when that is done the hospitals ALWAYS give that individual front of the line access to top notch healthcare and medicine ,meanwhile someone who is on a GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE PLAN gets nothing .Believe me even in Canada it's basically the same thing Doctor's here give the rich front of the line access to medicine meanwhile the poor here still have to co pay at a lot of pharmacies and with the co pays they have to take money out of their food budget and starve especially those who are poor and live in rural areas .And the provincial healthcare system s here won't cover migraine medication to people because migraine pills here are over 100 Dollars A PILL and you're lonly allowed 6 pills every six months. And they expect the poor to take a generic heart medication WHEN THEY DON'T have a heart condition to begin with .The reason why I WOULD KNOW is I LIVE in Canada and I live with someone who has had that happen to them .So people of the world DON'T THINK Canada has "Universal Healthcare" BECAUSE IT DOESN'T .that is a big lie.The only reason why American's come up here is the U.S Dollar is almost double than ours and therefore medication is cheaper for them THAT'S IT.

  24. Alright, but what the fuck?
    My sister had asthma when she was a kid (she outgrew it in her late teenage/early adulthood years) it was so bad she had to go to the hospital multiple times for an asthma attack. How would my mother have paid for all that shit if she lived in America? A monthly inhaler, the ambulance, the hospital stay. I'm just glad we still have out Medicare.

  25. I take Breo for asthma, and even with insurance it's $100 a month. To make it last I use it every 3 days instead of every day, now my insurance company does not want to cover it any more. I think without insurance it will be around $400 per month. i can't possibly afford that. "if you're poor you're dead" indeed.

  26. Hey doctors and CEOs got yacht bills they gotta pay. Stop complaining, Instead how about voting someone the hell out of office?

  27. In the UK we can't complain at the prices but the NHS isn't all that good. Not if u like to be alive anyway. Unless you have a drug or alcohol problem or are an immigrant you can't get a doctor's appointment unless you plan to be ill two weeks in advance. Going to hospital is a gamble. You go in with one thing and come out dead or with some completely different disease. Then there is the medication postcode lottery.
    So I guess the best idea is to stay away from health care as much as possible. Most things go away by them selves or can be fixed at home anyway.

  28. It clear up any misunderstanding.
    There not moving to Trumps American
    Where GOP made it Clear its Government own Privileges
    nothing to do with
    body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.
    Shitting on constitution

  29. In the winter I have to choose heat or meds. My thermostat never goes above 55. I only take my asthma meds in the Spring. I ration my insulin and reuse needles.

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