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Medicare-for-All would save money by reducing administrative costs by $500 billion per year (U.S. health care spending totals about $3.5 trillion per year) and allowing the government to negotiate for more affordable medicines


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APRIL 9, 2019

 

The analysis, “The Case for Medicare-for-All,” found that such a health care system not only would reduce overall health care spending compared to employer-based insurance, but also would improve financial stability for struggling rural hospitals and doctors, without increasing patient wait times.

 

Patients would no longer need to worry about debt-inducing medical bills or loss of coverage.

 

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and elsewhere have shown that:

  • Medicare-for-All would save money by reducing administrative costs by $500 billion per year (U.S. health care spending totals about $3.5 trillion per year) and allowing the government to negotiate for more affordable medicines;
  • Medicare-for-All would cost patients less than employer-sponsored insurance and improve access to community-based services, including home health care;
  • Under Medicare-for-All, there would not be increased wait times, in part because improved financial incentives for providers would mean better prioritization of care, leading to improved access and a reduction of unnecessary costs.

 

Industry groups aren’t just on the wrong side of the facts; they also are on the wrong side of public opinion.

 

A Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll has found a consistent increase in support for a single-payer government health care system over the past 20 years. Additionally, a January 2019 Harvard/Politico poll found that 68 percent of all voters, including 70 percent of independents, said providing health insurance coverage for everyone through a taxpayer-funded national plan is an extremely important priority.

 

Public Citizen is investing more resources to ramp up a massive grassroots campaign to build the people power needed to overcome the corporate opposition and eventually win Medicare-for-All. On Feb. 14, thousands of Public Citizen members participated in a virtual townhall meeting with Representative Jayapal and Weissman to learn about the details of the Medicare-for-All bill and the next steps in our campaign.

 

Hundreds of our members committed to urge their members of Congress to sign on as cosponsors to the Medicare-for-All legislation and to educate their communities and local elected officials to build a lasting movement to move Medicare-for-All over the finish line

 

“The people power on this issue continues to intensify as Americans feel the pain of a health care system that is focused more on profit than it is on providing health care,” said Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen’s Medicare-for-All campaign director.

 

“The American people won’t stop pushing for significant change. The question is not if we will win – it is when.”

 

APRIL 9, 2019

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Health Insurance-for-All would:

 

Provide citizens 3 choices thus allowing patriotic citizens across the USA to decide for themselves which one works best for each household!  Let us vote for our choice.

 

=== RETAIN ObamaCare insurance for those who are pleased or apprehensive to change or believe paying more is fun.

 

=== Self financed health care allows those who can afford to pay out of pocket the opportunity to do so.

 

=== Provide Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for millions upon millions upon millions. Open this door. This coverage is no more free than ObamaCare however it does cost substantially less. I want my tax dollars spent this way. Trillions of tax dollars are being spent on heath care as we speak.  Let’s spend these tax dollars more effectively on Medicare Single Payer Insurance for All.

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How many republicans,democrats and moderates are Libertarian conservatives deceptively posing as republicans willing to throw under the bus?

 

Here are 10 great reasons to support IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance:

 

1. Everybody In, Nobody Out. Universal means access to health care for everyone, period.  Plus it is estimated to create 2.6 million new jobs!

 

2. Portability. If you are unemployed, or lose or change jobs, your health coverage stays with you.

 

3. Uniform Benefits. No Cadillac plans for the wealthy and Pinto plans for everyone else, with high deductibles, limited services, caps on payments for care, and no protection in the event of a catastrophe. One level of comprehensive care for everyone, regardless of the size of your wallet.

 

4. Prevention. By removing financial roadblocks, a universal health system encourages preventive care that lowers an individual's ultimate cost and pain and suffering when problems are neglected and societal cost in the over-utilization of emergency rooms or the spread of communicable diseases.

 

5. Choice. Most private insurance restricts your choice of providers and hospitals. Under the U.S. National Health Insurance Act, patients have a choice, and the provider is assured a fair payment.

 

6. No Interference with Care. Caregivers and patients regain their autonomy to decide what's best for a patient's health, not what's dictated by the billing department. No denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions or cancellation of policies for "unreported" minor health problems.

 

7. Reducing Waste. One third of every private health insurance dollar goes for paperwork and profits, compared to about 3% under Medicare, the federal government’s universal system for senior citizen healthcare.

 

8. Cost Savings. A guaranteed health care system can produce the cost savings needed to cover everyone, largely by using existing resources without the waste. Taiwan, shifting from a U.S. private health care model, adopted a similar system in 1995, boosting health coverage from 57% to 97% with little increase in overall health care spending.

 

 

9. Common Sense Budgeting. The public system sets fair reimbursements applied equally to all providers, private and public, while assuring that appropriate health care is delivered, and uses its clout to negotiate volume discounts for prescription drugs and medical equipment.

 

10. Public Oversight. The public sets the policies and administers the system, not high priced CEOs meeting in private and making decisions based on their company’s stock performance needs.

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1 hour ago, jrock2310 said:

Many are concerned w/ the poor souls who will be ousted from insurance jobs that flourish off the well being of others.  

 

Single Payer will need employees and the insurance industry has many many scams underway that need trained individuals = the sky is not falling ........

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1 hour ago, merrill said:

 

Single Payer will need employees and the insurance industry has many many scams underway that need trained individuals = the sky is not falling ........

Theoretically, MFA should be a job creator. There would be a much larger consumer pool.  

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1 hour ago, merrill said:

Single Payer will need employees and the insurance industry has many many scams underway that need trained individuals = the sky is not falling ........

 

No, it's not falling, because any law that proposes to shutter an industry with a half-million employees only to have to turn around and figure which of them to employ and how to train them and where to put them and to get systems up and running for them to use and so on.. such a law would never pass Congress.  We already contract a lot of this work out to administer little old ordinary Medicare.  Any workable Medicare For All bill would have to figure out how to contract the benefit administration and utilization management out to existing insurance companies, because there is virtually zero readiness for a government agency to take over all that. 

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2 hours ago, jrock2310 said:

Theoretically, MFA should be a job creator. There would be a much larger consumer pool.  

it is estimated to create 2.6 million new jobs!

 

The job loss rhetoric is more scare the people BS ..... USA corporations have killed millions of USA jobs through outsourcing and leveraged buyouts.

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SINGLE-PAYER IS GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE,
WRONG!  That would be the Veterans Administration. Or the British health care system. Where the government pays the doctors and hospitals. 
. Under single-payer, you get a health care card and you can go to any doctor or hospital in the United States. Doctors are NOT employees of the government. Hospitals remain in private hands. You get free choice of doctor and hospital. 

 

SINGLE-PAYER WILL LEAD TO RATIONING, LIKE IN CANADA.
WRONG! Right now in the United States, the private health care companies ration care. If you don’t have health insurance, you don’t get health care. More than 30 MILLION Americans currently lack health insurance. That’s why 120 Americans die every day from lack of health care…ZERO people die every day in Canada due to lack of health insurance.   

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