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GOP Hospital Executive Calls For Single-Payer (Medicare For All) As Solution To Health Care Crisis


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: americans, economy, freedoms, healthcare, Single Payer, Health care, Employers, Medicare )

Nancy
- 461 days ago - dailykos.com
Single payer would drive down costs because Medicare (or a utility-like private single payer insurer) would have leverage to keep costs down. With no other game in town, providers would be forced to operate more efficiently. Drug companies would be



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 12:27 pm

Great article. No, it is not a commie, pinko, leftist radical idea. It's just good sense to rein in the enormous spending on health care by this country for all the wrong reasons.

Medicare for all because it just makes good fiscal policy.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 12:35 pm
I know. We hear all the time about taxes, taxes, taxes. But in fact we oare on of the few (or only?) countries to have employer based healthcare. Isn't that a real expense for employers in this country versus elsewhere?

Makes sense to me.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 8:11 pm

It costs the employers and the employees, national heath care would be a transfer of money from expensive insurance to a huge umbrella coverage. Medications would be less expensive because, like other countries, the government would negotiate on our behalf, we would no longer be at the mercy of the pharmaceutical companies, they would be serving us.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:28 pm
Excellent analyses and what other countries have found and probable why their prescriptions and other health care costs are so much lower than in the US (not counting the added costs for insurance company profits)
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:44 pm
Except it doesn't cost WalMart because they don't provide it, throwing all their employees onto Medicaid (and incidentally onto food stamps).

The big surprise in this article is that it is someone in the GOP admitting it.
 

Ray C. (56)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:00 am
I am of the opinion, no planning of care went into the Obama Care, this why I believe it is cost more, the problem with America, is the size of the Country, meaning ,Countries within a Country,

Careful planning and putting the patient first, going down the path of state by state, where Obama went wrong was bring in his health care all at once, this way of working may suit a small Country as the UK but not America, the costs will go through the roof,

the Conservatives/Republicans will always be against state health care, due to the fact the rich look after the rich, meanwhile the poor are left to suffer and neglected, a ride in an Ambulance should never be classed as a luxury but more of a necessity to Patients need,

when your President Regan was shot, he walked into the hospital, to me this was not a reasonable mind at work, thinking about now he was totally irresponsible, not a care for his own health nor the health of others, if this is what he wanted to do, and put his own live at risk, so be it, but don't expect other Americans to do the same,

as you are aware in the UK we have had state health care dating back from 1948, the NHS is funded by Insurance that we have taken out of our pay check, very little comes out our taxes, I accept that I maybe paying for my fellow Brits Health Care also, but it nice to know, that Health Care is there when I need it, as I did in 2003, 2005 and again 2012 and the after care is out of this world,

I suffered a bad attack of Asthma November last, I was taken from home by Ambulance into A&E, then admitted for 10 days, was discharged as an inpatient, then I was place into out patient, indeed I am still must attend Hospital every so many weeks for Asthma reviews and Tests,

with been in the EU, each member state have an agreement with health care, no matter where I am in the EU, I can get Health Care at no cost to myself, once treated I can get on and enjoy my holiday,

America is so far behind other Countries in Health Care Systems, they need to get their house in order, and give Americans and what they want, Health Care need not be to costly if going down the right avenue/path, with careful planning and putting Patients Care first.

another major problem America have, once you elect a President, he in office for a limited time, been 8 years at best, it would take 4 years to get his feet under the table, after which he would a further 4 years, to change thing for the better of the American people and America, so little time.

when I joined Care 2, I was shock how America looks at the female sex, not as a human being but more of a re-product machine which in my opinion is wrong.

 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:10 am
Single Payer Insurance is the best way to tackle our medical Problems. Several years ago a study was done on the Single Payer issue. The results were incredible.
1. Hospital costs were covered with NO co payments.
2. Doctors visits were covered with NO co payments.
3. Prescriptions were covered with NO co payments.
4. Dental visits were covered with NO co payments.
5. Vision problems were covered NO co payments.
How much would this cost? 7% out of our paychecks for 100% coverage. With fewer companies covering their employees this is the way we will have to go. Not only that, but right now with the companies plus employee contributions the cost is app. $12,000 to $13,000.
I saw that the ACA (Obama Care) was criticized. The ACA was adopted because it was the only thing our politicians in Washington would allow. The republicans voted against it even though this was the plan they put forth in the '90s. It is a sad thing when the lobbyists for the medical community stand for profits over the health of American citizens.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:14 am
Thanks for the comments.

It seems harsh to make a job a requirement for insurance. It really isn't but when our median income in the country is about 32,000 and insurance can be 500 or more a month, it really is. In order to have decent insurance you have to have a job that provides that insurance.

Then you get sick and lose that job........
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:52 am
As long as America maintains its "exceptionalist" role game and refuses to adopt proven concepts from Europe, bashing it all as too socialistic, things will only get worse. Overdue time to wake up and kiss that ruinous super capitalism good bye, for the sake of the people!
Thx Nancy! and I agree with Joanne, surprising and most welcome from a GOPer, but then he is an insider, a man of the field, NOT a poitician! Hope more voices will join him!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:00 pm
Yes, we are subsidizing Wal-Mart by providing food and healthcare to its employees.

I do think we need to maintain the idea that anyone with the money should be able to get the tests/ procedures they think they need. I have heard that doesn't happen in all countries. But the key thing here is that they have to pay for it. Too many people say that they pay for their own healthcare (and therefore, others should as well) when in fact, they get it from their job.

Posted an article on that "concierge" medicine that some of us might have heard about here.
 

Gene Jacobson (252)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:01 pm
This IS and has always been the answer. It isn't like people don't know it. Michael Moore's documentary, Sicko, won all sorts of awards. You can google health care costs and find we spend three times per much per capita as any other advanced nation, with poorer outcomes and more uninsured by many millions of people. The only thing shocking is that a republican had the nerve to SAY what everyone else already knows since the rest of his party calls it socialism, which is politico speak for "not enough money for Health Insurance CEO's".
 

Vicky P. (464)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:31 pm
I'm surprised, and I agree. First payer is what works since health care is a human right
 

John Gregoire (255)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:45 am
Concur and it would obviously save Medicare as it would all be one system.
 

Billie C. (2)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 12:07 pm
i've said all along medicare for all. it makes sense and it is not a free give away to the insurance companies.
the only winners under obamacare are the insurance companies that's they they support it so much.
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:07 pm
Be still. my heart!
A GOP fellow, no less?
Boy, are the insurance industry and its drooling slaves going to go after this guy!
Angelica, Gene, John, Nancy, thank you.
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:23 pm
Robert, you are right about Reagan, too. At least as far back as his Governorship, he was not in possession of a "reasonable" mind. He destroyed one of the best Mental Health systems in the country, in Calif., took down the solar panels that Pres. Carter had installed on the White House, essentially brought the religious right into national politics, and more.
I'm going to go look at the Noam Chomsky article about Reagan's "Secret genocidal wars." By the way, he began his presidential campaign in the same southern town in which a major civil rights killing had taken place, and I'm SURE that was no coincidence.
 
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