The Illusion of Free is Killing Us

If you ask someone who gets their insurance through their employer how much they pay for health insurance, most people say they do not know. They sign up for a plan upon open enrollment and they never see the money taken out of their paychecks. However, the average employer-sponsored health insurance premium for a family in 2017 is $18,764. Then, ask people how much it … Continue reading The Illusion of Free is Killing Us

Pro-single-payer doctors: Health bill leaves 23 million uninsured | Physicians for a National Health Program

robot-heart-politics: ziatroyano: As much as we would like to join the celebration of the House’s passage of the health bill last night, in good conscience we cannot. We take no comfort in seeing aspirin dispensed for the treatment of cancer. Instead of eliminating the root of the problem – the profit-driven, private health insurance industry – this costly new legislation will enrich and further entrench … Continue reading Pro-single-payer doctors: Health bill leaves 23 million uninsured | Physicians for a National Health Program

As Congress and the people consider restructuring the American healthcare system, they must keep in mind that rationing health care may not be undeniable, but it is unavoidable. To claim that Congress will devise a new federal healthcare plan that will not involve rationing is like claiming that it will invent a triangle that doesn’t have three sides. Currently, within the private sector of health … Continue reading

The first time he was patted down, at Newark Liberty International Airport, Mikey was 2. He cried. Mikey Hicks, 8, Can’t Get Off U.S. Terror Watch List And there are those that want the government to be the “single payer” for healthcare. If they can’t manage a list of 15,000 people, I don’t think they’ll even come close to managing 300 million people’s health. Continue reading

What’s Wrong With a Single-Payer System?

soupsoup: I know the good doctor Jay Parkinson has addressed this before, but I think it’s worth taking another look. Thanks…it’s actually very simple. It doesn’t matter who pays for healthcare if doctors are incentivized to do as much as they can and the processes of delivering healthcare are such a convoluted mess with no deliverer nor payor of healthcare responsible for your health. The … Continue reading What’s Wrong With a Single-Payer System?

Extending this successful program [Medicare] to those between 55 and 64, a plan I proposed in July, would be the largest expansion of Medicare in 44 years and would perhaps get us on the path to a single payer model Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y) The proposal to extend medicare eligibility to 55 and increase medicaid in lieu of a public option really is a reasonable … Continue reading

a favored public plan would probably doom today’s private insurance. Although some congressional proposals limit enrollment eligibility in the public plan, pressures to liberalize would be overwhelming. Why should only some under-65 Americans enjoy lower premiums? In one study that assumed widespread eligibility, the Lewin Group estimated that 103 million people—half the number with private insurance—would switch to the public plan. Private insurance might become … Continue reading

America’s failed attempt at a single-payer system, the Indian Health Service

Kevin, MD: Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, the United States has already tried its hand at a pseudo-single-payer system. The VA is one example. Another, albeit less highly publicized, is the Indian Health Service. (via WhiteCoat) Based on an agreement in 1787, the government is responsible to provide free health care to Native Indians on reservations. And, as you can … Continue reading America’s failed attempt at a single-payer system, the Indian Health Service

First, let’s counteract the lies and untruths with what Huidekoper calls, “no-brainers.” These are the simple facts that you can copy and paste and include in an email to all your family and friends, and they are: 1. Healthcare is a human right. 2. We are not starting from scratch—we are taking an existing program, Medicare, and expanding it. 3. Medicare is a single payer … Continue reading

mikehudack: jeffmiller: It’s bad form to quote an entire blog entry, but there isn’t a word of it I’d like to omit: I plan to do a lot more shopping at Whole Foods in the coming weeks. Mostly in response to the moronic boycott of the store now gaining momentum on the left. Let me see if I have the logic correct here: Whole Foods is consistently ranked … Continue reading