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    Prince of Whales RandomGuy's Avatar
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    Over three years, nearly 400 pregnant or new mothers died in Texas. Its system for helping the uninsured thwarts women at every turn, frustrates doctors and midwives, and incentivizes substandard care.

    Rosa Diaz was no stranger to hunger and stress and a throbbing pain in the gut that was usually nothing serious — gastritis, she had been told, or lactose intolerance. When she became ill on the evening of Jan. 6, 2015, she figured it was the hot chocolate she’d been drinking with her family to celebrate El Día de los Reyes. It was made with milk, but she finished it anyway, savoring every drop.

    In the middle of the night, her oldest daughter, Diana, found her on the couch, clutching her belly and moaning. Diana half-carried her to the bathroom, offering her some Alka-Seltzer and a sip of Gatorade to wash the antacid down. Rosa started to shiver and cry. “Let me drive you to the emergency room,” Diana urged. “No, I don’t have insurance,” Rosa protested. “I just want to go to sleep. I’m sure I’ll feel better tomorrow.”

    Rosa, a 43-year-old Mexican immigrant who became a U.S. citizen in the 1990s, rarely saw doctors. She was employed through temp agencies, mostly working in factories and cleaning schools — jobs that didn’t offer insurance or pay enough to let her afford her own policy. Without realizing it, she’d become pregnant, and the fertilized egg had attached itself to her fallopian tube, instead of her uterus. The condition, an ectopic pregnancy, is extremely dangerous if not treated immediately.

    Diana tucked a blanket around her mother and sat with her for a while, then went back to bed. Around 3 a.m., she heard her mother scream. Rosa’s fallopian tube had exploded, and three liters of blood — almost two-thirds of her total volume — was gushing into her abdomen. By the time paramedics delivered her to the Baylor University Medical Center emergency room in Dallas, her heart had stopped.

    When Diana thinks back on the night her mother died, and what was most on her mind, she still gets angry — “because instead of wanting to feel better, she was more worried about the cost.”

    https://www.propublica.org/article/t...sured-in-texas

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    These are the casualties in the Republican War on the Poor.

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    Unfortunatey, if you want the Trump s to care, find a sob story with a white girl. They see the words “Mexican immigrant” and immediately tune out.

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    One the primary reasons racist White Male Texas is a hole run by bag Repugs elected by ignorant, Christ-loving, racist bags, repeatedly.

    non-male? non-Euro-white? In Texas, you. And if you are a non-Protestant Christian (Catholics aren't Real Christians), you, too.

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    And it's just not poor women of color ...

    America’s Red State Death Trip

    Why does falling life expectancy track political orientation?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/o...ed-states.html



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    I'm not going to say she's stupid for not going to the ER, but life and death sends the majority of people to the ER, expenses be damned. Most people in the ER on any given night are not paying those bills.

    And if the Republicans are killing the poor, then I must be at ground zero for the middle class genocide going on here in Cali at the hands of the Democrats.

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    Yep.

    Health care delivery being so bad that people don't present themselves to a doctor until symptoms are so acute they have to go to the ER, is a widespread problem and definitely not a respecter of transient political majorities.

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    Unfortunatey, if you want the Trump s to care, find a sob story with a white girl. They see the words “Mexican immigrant” and immediately tune out.
    The only reason they hate single payer healthcare is because they don't want any minorities to get any assistance. If the country was mostly white European I guarantee you they would not care as much about people getting SNAP or WIC. They would LOVE free healthcare and college. A lot of retired baby boomers who abour socialism LOVE their Medicare and Social Security.

    I'm not going to say she's stupid for not going to the ER, but life and death sends the majority of people to the ER, expenses be damned. Most people in the ER on any given night are not paying those bills.

    And if the Republicans are killing the poor, then I must be at ground zero for the middle class genocide going on here in Cali at the hands of the Democrats.
    Medical bankruptcies should not exist in a 1st world country like the United States. Medicare 4 All is the solution.

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