Monday, August 14, 2017

Health care reform should point to single-payer - Loveland Reporter-Herald

Health care reform should point to single-payer - Loveland Reporter-Herald
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Health care reform should point to single-payer
POSTED:   08/13/2017 08:35:15 PM MDT

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law March 23, 2010. The GOP immediately began calling for its repeal, yet until recently, they gave no thought about a replacement.

Seven years! When they finally began proposing replacements, they all had one thing in common: depriving access to health care for millions. This after the president promised that "everyone" would be covered and for less.

Republicans control all levels of the federal government. They have no one to blame but themselves, because they're trying to reconcile one faction that wants to do something (especially GOP governors who fear cuts to Medicaid), with another that would have the market solve the problem — the market that before Obamacare allowed people to be refused insurance for pre-existing conditions or because a lifetime limit was reached.

The fact is, Obamacare works pretty well, especially in states that expanded Medicaid for those who can't afford insurance. Most of its failures have come in red states that refused to do so. Also, how many shortcomings might have been avoided had the GOP decided to participate in the process instead of just saying no since day one? But maybe there's an even better way.

After World War II, we helped Japan and much of Europe set up universal health care. Yet in 1949, when President Truman proposed it for the U.S., it was defeated by calling it socialized medicine. You will note that not one of those nations ever repealed it. Nor has anyone in those countries ever gone bankrupt or lost a house because of medical expenses. Or had to beg for proper medical care. Plus it's cheaper because no profits are added or huge salaries paid and far fewer people deal with billing. Maybe it's time for Americans to follow our own lead and reconsider universal health care.

Ken Bublitz
Loveland

Single Payer or Bust? - The New York Times

Single Payer or Bust? - The New York Times

Forget about single-payer healthcare. This California congressman has the real solution: Medicare for all - LA Times

Forget about single-payer healthcare. This California congressman has the real solution: Medicare for all - LA Times

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile | AM 1440 KYCR - Minneapolis, MN

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile | AM 1440 KYCR - Minneapolis, MN

Health care access should NOT be linked to your job.  It is not good for small employers and it certainly is not good for the individual's ability to choose their job.

Universal healthcare bill attracted lots of lobbying | The Sacramento Bee

Universal healthcare bill attracted lots of lobbying | The Sacramento Bee

So much of our health care money (which includes our tax money) goes to pay for non-medical care things.  Lists like this need to be made public all over the country.  Example of cost seldom, if ever, mentioned that would be saved via Medicare for All are lobbying, campaign contributions and advertising.

Douglas Turner: Dems divided on universal health care - The Buffalo News

Douglas Turner: Dems divided on universal health care - The Buffalo News

A negative view on possibilities.  Points our need to plan for what to do with all those currently working to sell health insurance.

Canadian unions push for Pharmacare – a single-payer prescription drug plan – People's World

Canadian unions push for Pharmacare – a single-payer prescription drug plan – People's World

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Universal Health Care Can Work: But the Case Must Be Made for How to Pay and How Money Will Be Saved | Alternet

Universal Health Care Can Work: But the Case Must Be Made for How to Pay and How Money Will Be Saved | Alternet

Single Payer? Take a Look At How South Korea Did It. – Mother Jones

Single Payer? Take a Look At How South Korea Did It. – Mother Jones

Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care | The Nation

Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care | The Nation

Where Are the Single-Payer Wonks? | New Republic

Where Are the Single-Payer Wonks? | New Republic

Molina Healthcare to drop out of Wisconsin's Obamacare marketplace

Molina Healthcare to drop out of Wisconsin's Obamacare marketplace

This does show a big impact in WI for ACA members. But, my main reason for posting this is 2fold.

1. This company, like many, many more nationwide, find it financially workable to continue managing Medicaid and state government welfare medical plans even though they say ACA is no longer financially feasible. That tells us we really need to learn more about how our tax money is going to profit them and why.

2. The decisions by these and other for profit insurance corporations to drop out of ACA is based on making a profit. The ACA says they can't use more than 20% of their premium income/subsidies for administrative overhead. Medicare and such costs in other countries is like 2% or 3%. Their top lever execs get millions in compensation. Millions are and will lose health care because millionaires aren't making enough profit.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Minn. individual health plans could see smaller 2018 hikes - StarTribune.com

Minn. individual health plans could see smaller 2018 hikes - StarTribune.com

Understanding Republican Cruelty - NYTimes.com

Understanding Republican Cruelty - NYTimes.com

"Or to put it another way, Republicans start from a sort of baseline of cruelty toward the less fortunate, of hostility toward anything that protects families against catastrophe.

In this sense there’s nothing new about their health plan. What it does — punish the poor and working class, cut taxes on the rich — is what every major G.O.P. policy proposal does. The only difference is that this time it’s all out in the open."