Thursday, March 12, 2009

Single-Payer Health Care


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?

While I’ve been advocating the elimination of Wall Street, the implementation of a Carbon Tax with a 100% dividend and the 32-hour work week, today I’ll weigh in on health care reform.

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.

4 comments:

Brian C. Setzler said...

Here is my letter to my Congressman:

I am a small business owner and consultant. I am also a supporter of single-payer health care reform and am writing to ask you to support and/or cosponsor HR676.

I believe single-payer is the fundamental reform we need to strengthen our economy and society.

I would appreciate knowing where you stand on this important issue. We need a system that includes EVERYONE, and leaves no one out. Single-payer is the only one that meets this fundamental threshold.

Brian C. Setzler said...

My letter to the editor supporting single-payer health care appeared in today's Oregonian.

Here is what is said:

I am a small business owner and business consultant. I am also a supporter of single-payer health care reform and believe single-payer is the fundamental reform we need to strengthen our economy and society.

A single-payer system 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.

H.R. 676 is the Congressional bill to bring a single-payer system to America. It currently has 65 co-sponsors. I urge Oregonians to write their representatives in Congress to see where they stand on this important legislation and fundamental reform.


BRIAN C. SETZLER
Northeast Portland

Brian C. Setzler said...

I fear corporate control of our health care system. Donna Smith has an update on what is at stake:

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/20-11

TheGreenCPA said...

Re Universal Single Payer Health Care.
I agree
I've done a six part series on this subject.

See "An Unpopular War
(In the Trenches)"

at
www.commonsense2.com
May 2009 Issue

Lynn M. Petrovich
The Green CPA