Saturday, January 31, 2009
"The bottom line, then, is that this is no time to let campaign promises of guaranteed health care be quietly forgotten. It is, instead, a time to put the push for universal care front and center. Health care now!"
"The alternative to single payer is multiple payer. That means massive waste and inefficiency, not what a new government ostentatiously looking for solutions that really work should settle on. It also means maintaining the only things in America less popular than Dick Cheney: health insurance companies, and funding them with public money as well as money directly from citizens. In a multiple-payer system, one of the payers is you If you can't pay, you may be out of luck. If you can and do pay, you are often out of luck as well."
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Yet Daschle proposes not much more than tinkering -- improving Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Health Administration, all examples of "single-payer health care" -- in which the government is the single payer for the health care -- while preserving the inefficient, multipayer, for-profit insurance model. "
If you want to read a good story on the split between single payer advocates and those that want the government to pay for private insurance for all, take a look at this article by Kip Sullivan.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
A very good essay on single payer. Thanks to Joel Clemmer for finding it.
"Most Americans believe lack of health insurance is a “serious problem” (NPR/KFF survey, Feb 2008). Current reform proposals claim to be the way forward. However, expanding our flawed system will not solve the serious problems we face – rising costs and lack of coverage (for uninsured and under insured). Unfortunately, having coverage in our system does not guarantee care. One-fourth of the insured go without needed care due to cost; three-fourths of individuals bankrupted by medical bills had insurance when they became ill. Is this a system worth perpetuating?
Reform efforts such as those proposed by HCAN and outlined by Senator Daschle maintain a central role for private insurance companies, and are thus doomed to fail because they cannot control costs."
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This is an article about expanding insurance coverage to all. That is laudable but it is not sustainalble and is too costly. The only way we can afford the reform needed is single payer universal care. Giving more money to the insurance companies is just throwing good money after bad.