FIX IT - Health Care at the Tipping Point DVD

This video was produced by the president of a multimillion dollar company, MCS Industries, in Pennsylvania who eloquently points out how of the rapidly escalating and unpredictable costs of healthcare are his biggest expense the biggest threat to his solvency as business and why he favors single payer (single risk pool, unified payer) health care.  The full video is about an hour long, the shortened version is 40 minutes. There is a three minute trailer as well on the disc.

If you are interested in seeing the video or obtaining a copy, please contact us and we will make it happen.

Fix It Healthcare - At The Tipping Point a powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform.

Here is what Ralph Nader has to say about FIX IT in a recent Huffington Post column:

Just when the prospects for single-payer or full Medicare for everyone, with free choice of doctors and hospitals, appear to be going nowhere, from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley comes a stirring that could go national and make single-payer a reality.

Throwing down the gauntlet on the grounds of efficiency and humanness, businessman Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries Inc., the nation's leading supplier of wall and poster frames, is bent on arousing the nation's business leaders to back single-payer - the efficient full Medicare for all - solution.

The woefully wasteful and profiteering health care industries have blocked majority opinion, and a majority of physicians and nurses, to keep the present sky-high costly system in place, that receives huge taxpayer subsidies without any reasonable, and meaningful, price restraints. Health care companies exploit the complexities of Obamacare, which is powerless to restrain price spirals (note the staggering rise in recent prices of certain drugs). But the health care industry cannot defeat an organized business community fed up with uncontrollable cost burdens and the further competitive disadvantages they experience with western European countries, Japan or Canada - countries that have single-payer systems at half the per capita costs or less.

Mr. Master's first step is now complete. He has produced a short movie called "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point" which makes a powerful business case for replacing the current wasteful multi-payer system with a single payer one. He traveled with his award-winning filmmakers to Canada, where he interviewed doctors, nurses and conservative business people. The latter were aghast over why their fellow conservatives in the U.S. are not seeing the light.

One industrialist, Dann Konkin, told the filmmakers that he embraces the Canadian healthcare system because it reduces his company's costs. The film quotes Michael Grimaldi, former president of General Motors of Canada, as declaring that the Canadian healthcare system "significantly reduces total labor costs for automobile manufacturing firms." His predecessor, Jack Smith, who went on to head the entire General Motors, said much the same. more

You can help MVHCA as we work for publicly funded universal health care like the rest of the developed world by donatinghosting a house party, signing up for the newsletter, and attending our monthly meetings. You can also Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter. Thank you.

Canadian health care better than Obamacare

 Ralph Nader points to 22 ways the Canadian health-care system is better than Obamacare in the U.S.

No. 22: In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth — everybody in, nobody out.

No. 21: In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first.

No. 20: In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income — rich and poor are in the same system, the best guarantee of quality.

No. 19: In Canada, health-care coverage stays with you for your entire life.

No. 18: In Canada, you can freely choose your doctors and hospitals and keep them. There are no lists of “in-network” vendors and no extra hidden charges for going “out of network.”

No. 17: In Canada, the health-care system is funded by income, sales and corporate taxes that, combined, are much lower than what Americans pay in premiums.

No. 16: In Canada, there are no complex hospital or doctor bills. In fact, usually you don’t even see a bill.

No. 15: In Canada, costs are controlled. Canada pays 10 per cent of its GDP for its health-care system, covering everyone. In the United States, under Obamacare, costs continue to skyrocket. The U.S. pays 18 per cent of its GDP and still doesn’t cover tens of millions of people.

No. 14: In Canada, it is unheard of for anyone to go bankrupt due to health-care costs.

No. 13: In Canada, if you lose your job, you don’t lose your health insurance.

No. 12: In Canada, simplicity leads to major savings in administrative costs and overhead.

No. 11: In Canada, when you go to a doctor or hospital the first thing they ask you is: “What’s wrong?”

No. 10: In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so they are more affordable.

No. 9: In Canada, government health-care funds are not profitably diverted to the top 1 per cent.

No. 8: In Canada, there are no necessary co-pays or deductibles.

No. 7: In Canada, the health-care system contributes to social solidarity and national pride.

No. 6: In Canada, delays in health care are not due to the cost of insurance.

No. 5: In Canada, nobody dies due to lack of health insurance.

No. 4: In Canada, an increasing majority supports their health-care system, which costs half as much per person as in the United States.

No. 3: In Canada, the tax payments to fund the health-care system are progressive — the lowest 20 per cent pays 6 per cent of income into the system while the highest 20 per cent pays 8 per cent.

No. 2: In Canada, the administration of the system is simple. You get a health card when you are born. And you swipe it when you go to a doctor or hospital. End of story.

No. 1: In Canada, the majority of citizens love their health-care system.

In the United States, the majority of citizens, physicians and nurses prefer the Canadian-type system — single-payer, free choice of doctor and hospital, everybody in, nobody out.

More here.