We are over a year into this crisis and we have yet to see a single reform beyond massive government spending programs designed to restart the same system that created the mess. Isn’t that akin to using a defibrillator on a 75-year old, 1,000lb, diabetic smoker?
One fundamental change I support [and we don’t hear enough about] is the Single Payer Health Care system.
Single-payer is the system that removes private insurance companies from the picture; the government pays all the bills, but health-care delivery remains private. People still get their choice of doctors and hospitals. Single-payer reduces administrative costs and eliminates expenses for-profit insurance companies add to health-care delivery.
How nice it would be to never have to worry about health insurance again!
This would benefit everyone, including business. Managing health care plans is an expensive proposition for business. Beyond the high cost of coverage are the hidden costs of shopping for insurance, evaluating options, legal and tax compliance, HR overhead, employee benefit education and communication and other administrative costs.
Despite being closed out of the debate by corporate media, single-payer is developing critical mass. H.R. 676 "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All," has 65 co-sponsors in Congress. I myself won’t vote for a politician who doesn’t support universal health care. Groups like Single Payer Action (I am a paying member) are growing and taking action.
I believe all of us suffer as a result of our for-profit health care system. We need a system where everybody is in, and nobody is out. Single-payer is the solution. I hope you’ll take action (contact Congress, talk to people, get educated, tell your story, etc.) right now, to help further single-payer.