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Simple Answer = Single Payer

Category: Single Payer Health
Posted: 07/06/14 22:30

by Dave Mindeman

The health care fiasco that has begun with the SCOTUS Five ruling does have a remedy.

The problem has really been there all along. It was there when HMO's began. It was incorporated into Obamacare. It is the flaw in the free market for health care. It is entrenched in Republican philosophy. The problem is employer based health care.

And there is a very simple remedy.

Single payer health care.

It has all the earmarks of solving the problem. No one's religious freedom is endangered. No one's right to privacy is encumbered. Your health care is completely portable. You appeal to the same source. You get your benefits from the same place. You do not have to read and compare hundreds of policy options. You just get health care.

Single payer eliminates employer based issues. It eliminates the premium vs coverage chaos. It eliminates trying to figure out who you need to talk to about coverage. It eliminates figuring out if your doctor or clinic are in "the network". It eliminates the constant changes from year to year as your employer changes coverages based on bids.

Health care could be simple again - and free of SCOTUS interference and Congressional obstruction.

Single Payer - where your nasal allergy and Scalia's hemorrhoids all get treated by the same equal coverage....without all the commentary.
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Simplify the Health Care Debate -- Pass a Single Payer Bill

Category: Single Payer Health
Posted: 06/25/09 00:26

by Dave Mindeman

I have difficulty understanding the arguments being used in the current health care debate...and remember this debate is about a weak "government" option rather than single payer.

Private insurers have complained about the costly bureacracy that would, they say, inevitably happen with a government run system. Even though their own administrative costs rocket upwards of 17 to 20%. Medicare's costs, which is government operated, runs about 3%.

Now, the private insurers are concerned about competing with a government insurance option because it would run them out of business. In theory because costs would be low and coverages broadened. Afraid of the competition?

The Chamber of Commerce is complaining that a public option will force mandates on employers and penalize them with some "mysterious" fine that so far has no basis in fact. And how these mandates can be forced on employers when a public option is available is also quite mysterious.

Republicans complain that the public doesn't want government run health care....even though a recent poll claims that 72% of the American public say the opposite.

Democrats seem to be afraid of their own shadows; because they are worried about a government run option even though they hold majorities in both Houses to pass it and have a President who is eager to sign it.

And still.....nobody is dealing with real, honest to goodness, single payer health care. What we have been debating is a weak ghost of the real thing....a usurper that claims to have all the same advantages, yet it adds too many of the old private insurance problems.

Single payer would be a complete change from what we have now. It apparently worries the people who profit from the status quo. And it should, because it can fix the burdensome problems that are dragging down the budgets and the economy.

It is the solution that requires leadership and courage to bring it out of the shadows. The people are ready -- but the leadership and courage is in short supply.
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Forget Public Option -- The Right Direction is Single Payer

Category: Single Payer Health
Posted: 06/16/09 05:43

by Dave Mindeman

It is really disappointing to see the Obama administration fall all over themselves to avoid even the appearance of approving a single payer health plan.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made that clear via NPR:

"This is not a trick. This is not single-payer," Sebelius told Steve Inskeep. She added: "That's not what anyone is talking about ? mostly because the president feels strongly, as I do, that dismantling private health coverage for the 180 million Americans that have it, discouraging more employers from coming into the marketplace, is really the bad, you know, is a bad direction to go."

The bad direction to go is a patchwork of health plans and options that leads to more of the same. And that is where we are going.

The statistics and analysis continue to prove single payer is the best health care option. For cost savings it is single payer. For consistent standards of care it is single payer. For benefits to employers and small business it is single payer. For job transitions and retirement it is single payer. For simplicity, it is single payer.

Yet, the administration will only allow for a public "option". And, even with that, they are so sensitive to the "governement run" critique that Sebelius and other spokespersons go out of their way to make assurances that their plan is NOT a government plan.

Then it will be a problem. It will be complex. And it will probably fail to achieve its main objective.... stop spiraling costs.

The only glimmer of hope I see in the Obama Health plan is that the government option, in whatever form it takes, will serve as a basis for advancement to single payer in the future.

But it is only a glimmer.
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