Recommended Reading 2016
HOW TO PROVIDE MEDICARE FOR ALL
Dr. Marcia Angell presents the inadequacies of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and why we still need single payer health care.
AMERICANS SUPPORT SINGLE PAYER BUT ARE NOT MOTIVATED TO FIGHT FOR IT AT THIS TIME
In a Gallup poll 73% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans support national single payer healthcare. Despite the fact that costs continue to rise, medical bankruptcies continue and 29 million Americans still lack health care coverage, it may be that recent incremental improvements under the Affordable Care Act have created disincentives to mobilize for health care reform at this time.
AMERICAN WORKERS ARE BEGINNING TO MOBILIZE
It may be that at this time there is insufficient momentum to achieve single payer health care. However, the times they are a changing. Tamara Draut documents the declining and even miserable standard of living of most American workers, but states that they are beginning to organize for better working conditions, wages, and social benefits. My opinion is that the surge in public support for Bernie Sanders reflects growing worker awareness and motivation to organize.
This book, Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America by Tamara Draut, is available through the Bellingham and Whatcom County library system.
SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE WOULD BE TOO EXPENSIVE
At this time the American political establishment--both Republican and Democrat--seems unified in its rejection of single payer health care. Their spokespeople argue that single payer health care would be too expensive, which seems disingenuous in that the U.S. pays on average twice as much per capita for health care as other industrialized nations with national non-profit health care systems. Dr. Don McCanne presents the establishment position and an excellent refutation of it in his May 18 Quote of the Day on the Physicians for a National Health Program website:
Adam Gaffney responds to NYT's Margot Sanger-Katz on cost of single payer ___________________________________________________________
THE PROSPECTS FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE
Jonathan Oberlander shows why a single payer health care system is needed in the United States and what obstacles stand in the way of achieving it. He concludes that due to those obstacles it is unlikely that we will achieve single payer health care in the near future. In his commentary, Dr. Don McCanne urges us to read this article thoroughly so that we can develop strategies to overcome those obstacles and achieve the health care system we need.
Jonathan Oberlander on the prospect for single payer.
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What is Single-Payer Healthcare?
The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,160 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 46.3 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.
This is because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.
|Single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public, or quasi-public agency organizes health financing, but delivery of care remains largely private.
Single-payer is a term used to describe a type of financing system. It refers to one entity acting as administrator, or payer. In the case of healthcare, a single-payer system would be setup such that one entitya government run organizationwould collect all healthcare fees, and pay out all healthcare costs.
In a single-payer system, all hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers would bill one entity for their services. This alone reduces administrative waste greatly, and saves money, which can be used to provide care and insurance to those who currently dont have it.
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Only Insurance Fat Cats Win NEW!
HR 676: One Plan, One Nation
The United States National Health Insurance Act (HR 676) establishes a unique American national universal health insurance program. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare system that uses the already existing Medicare program by expanding and improving it to all US residents, and all residents living in US territories.
With over 45-75 million uninsured Americans, and another 50 million who are under-insured, the time has come to change our inefficient and costly non-healthcare system. Learn more about HR676 - the United States National Health Care Act.
New Articles: Reactions and Comments on the Newly Passed Healthcare Reform Bill
With passage of the Healthcare bill comes an avalanche of dialogue. Our work is far from over! Here are some articles of interest to get you started:
What You Need to Know About Health Insurance Reform, by Steelworkers Union President Leo Gerard
Diary of a Wimpy Healthcare Bill by Rose Ann DeMor, director of National Nurses United
False Promises of Reform, statement from Physicians for a National Health Program