We need Medicare-for-All

June 8, 2022

The covid-19 pandemic has shown that countries that have single-payer health insurance systems, also known as Medicare-for-All, do much better than for-profit systems such as ours. Fewer people get sick, and a lot fewer people die.

Don R. McCanne, M.D. writes for the group, Physicians for a National Health Program. Here are some of the advantages:

“Single payer insurance would provide better and more affordable care for everyone.”

“Single payer national health insurance would resolve virtually all of the major problems facing America’s health care system today.”

“Single payer insurance is commonly defined as a single government fund within each state which pays hospitals, physicians and other health care providers, replacing the current multi-payer system of private insurance companies and health plans. It would provide coverage for the 44 million who are uninsured. It would eliminate the financial threat and impaired access to care for the tens of millions who do have coverage but are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses because of deficiencies in their insurance plans. It would return to the patient free choice of physicians and hospitals, not just choice of restrictive health care plans. It would relieve businesses of administrative hassles and expenses of maintaining a health benefits program. It would remove from the health care equation the middleman – the insurance/managed care industry – that has wreaked havoc on the traditional patient-physician relationship, while diverting outrageous amounts of patient-care dollars to their own coffers. It would control health care inflation through constructive mechanisms of cost containment that improve allocation of our health care resources, rather than controlling costs through an impersonal business ethic that strips patients of care to improve the bottom line.”

“In sum, single payer national health insurance would provide access to high quality care for everyone at an affordable price.”

If you elect me to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will reintroduce the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, which Representative John Conyers championed for more than 15 years before his death in 2019. It is only 11 pages long, unlike the complex, unworkable plan Hillary Clinton introduced in 1993 when she was the First Lady.  John Conyers’ bill – here’s the text of it – was also much better than Obamacare. I will defend Obamacare, however, if the Republicans reintroduce their damaging bill to eliminate it “root and branch” and replace it with nothing at all.

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