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'Medicare for All' Would Cover Everyone, Save Billions in First Year


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: healthcare, government, americans, politics, news )

Carrie
- 500 days ago - healthcare-now.org
Economist says Canadian-style, single-payer health plan would reap huge savings from reduced paperwork and from negotiated drug prices, enough to pay for quality coverage for all - at less cost to families and businesses.



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Peggy A. (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:01 am
Thanks for sharing
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 2:52 pm
Interesting article....thank you for posting Carrie! Peace, Light and Love.
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 5:13 pm
i just can't understand why the US govt doesn't look after its people.
In Australia we have medicare for all & we're doing just fine, no recession here!
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 5:44 pm

Many economists have said the same. Getting this from the economists to the politicians, now that is the trick.

 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:14 pm
Thanks for the article Carrie.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:19 pm
It's not in the medical and/or insurance industries best interests to centralize our healthcare and cover everyone. Note with thanks.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:49 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Laurie H. (731)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 8:14 pm
We just have to dig the potatoes out of the politician's EARS, I think Kit!!!!!! Thanks Carrie!~
 

Carrie B. (318)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:45 pm
It is not a matter of getting this to the politicians ~ just getting it to the self serving GOP/ Tea Party!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:46 pm
A large number of politicians aren't concerned about keeping American citizens healthy. They've voted against the Affordable Care Act 40 times. They're more concerned about keeping the bottom line of their corporate masters healthy, i.e., the investor-owned for profit health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. One hand washes the other and, unfortunately, greed rules in this country.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:05 am
Healthcare is one of the reasons I'm so happy that I live in Australia and not in America, where I know I would have been dead for a long time already. With all that waste, the poor Americans have a deplorable health system which they proudly call "the best in the world".
 

John Gregoire (264)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:10 am
Unlike Obamacare, this makes sense. Obama has already caved to big business on two key points in his plan which will cost Americans millions out of pocket.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Friday August 16, 2013, 6:21 am
Makes sense to me....
 

Mike M. (56)
Friday August 16, 2013, 10:42 am
Yeah getting this to go over with the republicans and tea-party is like 5 lbs of crap in a sandwich bag. Tis not about to happen. God save the elites, corporations and the government.
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:58 am
"Upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield more than a half-trillion dollars in efficiency savings in its first year of operation, enough to pay for high-quality, comprehensive health benefits for all residents of the United States at a lower cost to most individuals, families and businesses."

Well, he discovered what the rest of the civilized world has known for years, good job, Captain Obvious. You can google health care costs and in 5 seconds see a chart that shows we spend more than $8000 per capita in the US with poorer outcomes and 30 to 50 million uninsured people while other advanced nations spend a third of that AND cover everyone. Michael Moore's documentary Sicko proved the truth of that chart in 2007. We KNOW this, everyone knows this, the problem is not that we don't get it, the problem is that our political leadership, the republican party, the health insurance companies and the 1% who hold their stock don't WANT to change anything because this is how they make money. Dollars before people is their only belief and it is as immoral as anything else that segment of America which owns virtually everything does. We WILL have single payer one day, the HCA is just a step along the path we are forced to tread by the 1%. But no one is giving up until we DO cover everyone and find that all the money we save can be used for things we desperately need to fix like education, highways, bridges and our ancient water and sewer system and even our held-together-by-bailing-wire electrical grid. The question isn't that, it is when. And that depends on how long the rich can stave off the people who know this is the option we need and must have. I never stop wondering how the rich sleep at night, how they live with themselves, doing what they do to the rest of us. And what they will do when the rest of us rise up against them. That, too, is coming.
 

James Maynard (68)
Friday August 16, 2013, 2:33 pm
I've been saying this since before the ACA and
Medicare should cover ALL U.S. Citizens where
ever in the world they live. All it would take is a
simple claim form similar to what the Insurance
companies use.
 

Kay m. (37)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:24 pm
Thank you for the article and the opportunity to comment on the subject matter, I am so proud of our President and his effort to get medical coverage for all of the citizens in this country that need it. The students, the pre existing conditions, the people who have reached the ceiling of their coverage, the small business employees who do not have medical insurance. The poor. the elderly, I hope we can keep it going and that way everyone will be helped. Even though the rich, stupid republicans want to unfund it, and repeal it. We will not let them get away with it....period. I can not send Gene a green star for his posting because it says I already have, but he said it all in his posting... I enjoyed reading all of the comments.
 

Avril Lomas (0)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 7:29 am
I am a Brit. and so proud that the little UK can have Universal health Care (since 1948) I worked in the health care field ! Cannot believe that the American public did NOT demmand universal health care ,although I know why "OUR" political representatives balked at it. MONEY!!. Private health care companies and Big Pharma ,Equipment manufacturers are rolling in dough and channelling pockets full to Washington.
Worked in USA health field since 1967.initially was shocked,Join the Civilised world America.
Awake from yout "TORPOR" American public.and stop listening to politicians.
 
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