Vaccine Makeover: Fall Edition with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
What A Day
The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Amir Locke earlier this year will not face any criminal charges. Locke was a 22-year-old Black man who was killed while members of the Minneapolis Police SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant on his cousin’s apartment.An FDA advisory committee met yesterday to discuss the next phase of COVID vaccines and boosters. Dr. Abdul el-Sayed, an epidemiologist and the host of Crooked’s “America Dissected” joins us to discuss what might come next as we consider the fall months.And in headlines: Ukrainian officials are building cases against Russia for alleged war crimes, the president of Sri Lanka is defying calls to step down, and oil and gas executives appeared before a House committee yesterday.Show Notes:NY Times: “Promised a New Culture, Women Say the N.F.L. Instead Pushed Them Aside” – https://nyti.ms/3jjdi9LFollow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whataday/For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday
Everything You Wanted to Know About Medicare For All with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Medicare for All
Today Ben interviews Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician, epidemiologist, professor, former executive director of the Detroit Health Department, and candidate for Governor of Michigan. Dr. El-Sayed is also the author of several books and publications, most recently Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide. Show NotesDr. El-Sayed discusses how his desire to improve disparities in health led him to become a physician, only to learn that the system he practiced in was part of the problem. The fact that we allow our system to be wound around the axle of profits for major corporation rather than around the goal of healthcare for everyone, is what led him into healthcare activism, advocacy, research and writing.Rebecca in Illinois wrote in to ask about using Medicare (with all the public perceptions and misconceptions about the current program) as the model for the universal, single payer system we want. Dr. El-Sayed notes that most people on Medicare actually like the program because it actually assures that they’ll actually have coverage when they need it, as opposed to private insurance. Medicare has been intentionally choked off and privatized by the health insurance industry so it’s not as high a quality product as it could be. If Medicare is mediocre, it makes private Medicare Advantage products more attractive to younger, healthier (thus cheaper to insure) seniors. “If Medicare is not what it should be, ask yourself why.”Dr. El-Sayed suggests the Medicare for All label might need to be reassessed. Our opponents have twisted the conversation about M4A to the point where we need to decide if the benefits of using a catch-all label that everyone understands still outweighs the negatives the opponents have added to the narrative.An activist in Virginia asks how the legacy of slavery has impacted and shaped our current for-profit healthcare system. Dr. El-Sayed refers to Heather McGee’s book The Sum of Us, in which she writes about how racism thwarts our capacity to invest in collective public goods. For example, 13 states (most in the former Confederacy) have still refused to extend Medicaid, even though it would mean an influx of Federal dollars and greater access to healthcare for all low income residents. For many white voters, the aversion to investing in services that might benefit Black and brown people means they’re also voting against programs that would benefit themselves.One of the challenges of the progressive movement is that we’re great at talking with each other but not that great at talking to folks who don’t see the world the way we do. We make assumptions about their morals and shake our fingers at them, which never works. Instead we need to ask them about their health insurance situation, to learn more about the challenges they face in getting the care they need. Then ask them why they think that’s happening, who is benefiting from that, and how do they keep getting away with it? That makes the issue less abstract and more personalized.People on the Left also really like to debate, which isn’t as valuable as empowering people by giving them information that may eventually lead them to our side. James in Illinois asks how we can overcome the power of big business. Dr. El-Sayed says that over time organizing will win out over advertising. The greed of the healthcare industry is pushing people to our side every day. Our job is to give those new folks the language to describe the solution we need. So organizing is the only way forward. Dr. El-Sayed addresses the need to avoid reproducing the inequities of our healthcare system in our movement. That means recognizing those most affected by this system can’t participate in the traditional 9 to 5 frame that assumes everyone can attend a meeting at 7:00 pm. The circumstances that cause them to suffer at the hands of our healthcare system also preclude them from being part of traditional organizing. Their stories are the most powerful thing we have and we have to adjust our work to put them front and center in the movement. Follow & Support the Pod!You can listen to Medicare for All on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or visit our website here.Register for the Medicare for All Strategy Conference, April 2-3!Please donate to the Healthcare-NOW Education Fund to support the podcast!
Reading Between The Strains with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
What A Day
On Wednesday, federal officials announced upcoming guidance changes, which reflects yet another new stage of the pandemic. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and host of Crooked Media’s “America Dissected,” joins us to discuss what these new policies might look like and answers other questions about the future of COVID.And in headlines: Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva took first place in the women’s short program, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly ousted three members of the city’s school board, and President Joe Biden ordered the National Archives to hand over the Trump administration’s White House visitor logs to the January 6th committee.Follow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whataday/For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday
Get up to speed on the latest COVID news with physician, epidemiologist, and former health director of Detroit, Abdul El-Sayed. Hear him talk with Zerlina and Jess all about masks, ventilation, testing and what needs to be done to address Omicron. El-Sayed also shares his insights with CNN, his newsletter The Incision, the America Dissected podcast, and The New Republic.
The Omicron variant has absolutely exploded in the US in the last few weeks. On Monday alone, the U.S. reported an astonishing record 1.08 million cases, and the CDC estimates that Omicron is responsible for about 95 percent of known infections through January 1st. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed of “America Dissected” joins us again to discuss everything from testing to schools to the CDC’s quarantine recommendations.And in headlines: Harrowing winter storms made life a nightmare for many travelers on the East Coast, a record number of 4.5 million U.S. workers left their jobs last November, and Canada pledged $31.5 billion towards reforming its First Nations child welfare system.Show Notes:CDC: Quarantine and Isolation – https://bit.ly/3t2IvUSFollow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whataday/For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday
"America Dissected", WWE, and Parenting In A Pandemic with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Wake. Dad. Drink. Repeat.
This week on the pod we are joined by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed! Abdul is a dad to one, physician, epidemiologist, educator, author, the former Health Director for the City of Detroit, and the host of the Crooked Media Podcast, America Dissected.Abdul and I kicked our conversation off talking about the public health conversation around vaccinating our children, and why there is such a difference in belief in what it means to take care of our kids. We talk about the importance of learning from history, asking questions, and why Abdul feels like so many of us follow the WWE model for our conflict. A big thanks to Abdul for joining me on the show this week. Be sure to subscribe to his newsletter, The Incision, and his podcast America Dissected. And if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet - DO IT! In This Episode: Abdul’s new book - Healing Politics America Dissected PodcastCrooked MediaThe IncisionAbdul on Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteSubscribe: Apple Podcast | Spotify Check us out: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/wakedaddrink)
Deciding to Do Good - Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Author of "Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide"
Raise the Line
When Dr. Abdul El-Sayed realized that he could travel 15 hours to visit family in Egypt or drive 15 minutes away in Detroit and traverse the same 10-year life expectancy gap, the deeply political aspects of medicine and public health really hit home for him. In a broadly-spanning career with roles in medicine, activism, education, and politics, Dr. El-Sayed has endeavored to fix the problems in the U.S. healthcare system that contribute to this gap. In this important interview, Dr. El-Sayed speaks with host Dr. Rishi Desai about the power of storytelling, the immoral foundation of our healthcare system, and the need to step beyond institutional measurements to decide what matters. Tune in to discover the powerful influence his grandmother has had on his life's work, why Dr. El-Sayed believes that Medicare for all is not only the ethical way to go, but also “extremely technically possible,” and what he sees as the next step toward removing corporate dominance from our healthcare system.