The fight for single payer in Maryland

Study group on single payer health insurance system

SEVENTH SESSION: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 7:30 PM
St. John’s United Methodist Church
St. Paul St. at 27th St., Baltimore

WHAT: One time study sessions on what a single payer health insurance system could look like in the United States. Each month the topic will be the same and we’ll cover pretty much the same ground.

THE TOPIC: “Single payer” is a technical sounding term that simply means that only one agency will pay for medical services- this in contrast to the roughly 1500 insurance companies now operating in the US. Private insurance companies would be effectively eliminated from the medical market. The rough model for most single payer advocates in the US is the Canadian system. Another way of simplifying: An expanded and enhanced “Medicare for All.”

The main national vehicle for single payer is HR 676 whose principal sponsor is Congressman John Conyers of Michigan.

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