Danny Glover undercover for large pharmaceutical and insurance companies

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Ask your liberal friends about Danny Glover.

They will say – superstar actor featured in the Lethal Weapon film series.

Civil rights activist.

Democracy Now regular.

Bernie Sanders’ supporter for President and for National Single Payer Health Insurance.

But ask the older Americans who watch cable TV a lot about Danny Glover, and they’ll tell you about Danny Glover – a paid actor for big pharma and the insurance industry.

It turns out Glover is the civil rights face of corporate liberalism.

I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it this week.

But then, reality was just a few clicks away from Google.

First question: national single-payer health insurance.

Danny Glover supports the Single Payer. He was a major Bernie Sanders supporter for the president. A single payer would effectively wipe out the insurance industry.

Throughout his career, Glover has been a strong supporter of traditional medicare and national single-payer medicare.

Last year Glover narrated an hour-long PBS documentary – The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution – chronicle of the historic struggle to ensure equal and adequate access to health care for all Americans.

At the heart of the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a coordinated and dramatic effort that racially disintegrated thousands of hospitals across the country, all in a matter of minutes. months in 1966.

That Danny Glover would never betray the single payer movement by working for a Medicare Advantage insurance company to undermine traditional Medicare, would he?

Wrong.

Glover starred in commercials for a Medicare Advantage – Assurance IQ insurance company.

“Hello, I’m Danny Glover with an important message for anyone on Medicare,” Glover says in one of those ads. “I’ve done a lot of action movies over the years and I know you’re never too old for good health care. Many of you may be eligible to save money or receive additional Medicare-approved benefits at no additional cost. But listen. You don’t automatically get these savings or additional benefits. That’s why I recommend getting a free, no-obligation Health Insurance Benefits review. They can see if you qualify for new benefits such as free glasses, prescription drugs, telehealth home visits, and over-the-counter benefits.

“You may be eligible for zero dollar monthly premiums, zero dollar deductibles, or no co-pay. “

“I got high enough to know that health care benefits are important to everyone. And that’s why I trust a licensed health insurance agent at Assurance. They will find out which plan you are on and provide a free no-obligation health insurance plan review and answer all of your questions. Call now and make sure you’re getting all the Medicare benefits you deserve.

Glover should know that Medicare Advantage is undermining traditional medicare and defrauding the elderly.

A September 2018 report from the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services found that Medicare Advantage routinely denies claims, and when patients appeal those denials, the Medicare Advantage plan reverses three-quarters of their own. refusal.

The numbers were troubling because of how infrequently patients and providers used the appeals process – only one percent of those who were denied care.

“For these organizations, keeping the funds entrusted to them that have been designated to pay for the health services that were actually provided is worse than theft because it is on such a massive scale,” said Dr Don. McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program at the time of publication of the report. “This is racketeering at its worst.”

Diane Archer of Just Care USA was surprised to learn that Glover was advertising for a Medicare Advantage company.

“Danny Glover is an ally who supports Medicare for All,” said Archer. “Medicare Advantage and all private health insurances drive up costs and compromise access to care. Traditional health insurance is the best choice.

In a single-payer zoom meeting earlier this week, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-Calif.) Put it this way:

“Medicare Advantage costs more, is less transparent and provides poorer care. “

And the idea of ​​a civil rights icon involved in a racket to sell substandard insurance to the African-American community irritates many within the movement.

Or as one single-payer activist said at the same meeting – “Medicare benefits African Americans”.

Number two: Glover on the front for Big Pharma.

Glover would never advertise for the big pharmaceutical companies, would he?

Still wrong.

Glover starred in commercials for pharmaceutical company Avanir Pharmaceuticals pushing a red pill called Nuedexta, which has been approved to treat a disorder marked by sudden, uncontrollable laughing or crying – known as pseudobulbar affect, or PBA.

In May 2017, the New York Times published a photo of Glover laughing under the headline – How a drug to treat crying skyrocketed sales.

“With an overhead light drawing attention to his face, actor Danny Glover drops his head in one hand and begins to cry,” The Times reported. “Then he abruptly switches to deep laughs, before resuming a straight face.”

“’When I play, if I do that, it’s totally in my control,” he says into the camera. “But for someone with a pseudobulbar effect, choosing to cry or laugh may not be your decision.”

The 60-second television commercial, which ran widely until the end of last year, raised questions about the role of direct-to-consumer advertising – characterized by ads that urge you to ‘ask your doctor’ for a possible treatment – in promoting the use of drugs for rare conditions well beyond the small population of people who benefit the most.

A CNN investigation in October 2017 found that Avanir is making hundreds of millions of dollars a year by aggressively targeting frail and elderly residents of nursing homes for whom the drug may be unnecessary or even dangerous.

Third issue: The non-profit industrial complex (NPIC).

Now that Democrats control the Senate, House and White House, they are pushing for single-payer national health insurance, right?

The public interest groups inside the ring road, those who profess to be in favor of the single payer, are behind the Democrats in pushing for single-payer health insurance for all, right?

Still wrong.

Sanders has yet to introduce his bill to the Senate.

Instead, Sanders and NPIC are pushing for Medicare for Some – lowering the Medicare age to 60 and expanding benefits.

This week alone, seventy-seven organizations that support a single payer, including Public Citizen, MoveOn, and Indivisible, sent a letter to Senate leaders to support the expansion of Medicare – aka Medicare for Some.

No mention of single-payer universal health insurance.

The Liberals would name Bernie and Danny and the NPIC as the best of our corporate system.

This of course means that the change will come from elsewhere.

Not inside the ring road.

Not NPIC.

Not Bernie or Danny.

Once again, from top to bottom.

But to paraphrase Danny in Lethal Weapon:

“We’re too old for this shit -.”

(via the Single Payer Action newswire)

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