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Healthcare NOW! 2008 Year in Review

Single payer would save the United States $350 BILLION a year

Question for the single payer folks?

Just a simple question: How much will it cost (to the nearest $100 million) to make the transition to single payer and how long will it take (to the nearest quarter)?

A single payer system would save the US $350 BILLION a year. This is calculated by comparing the costs of administering Medicare versus the administrative costs of private health care insurers.

Find out more about HR 676, Medicare for All.

Single-payer health system could save billions

Peter Mott

Believe it or not, there is one proposal that could cover all Americans for all needed services and save money. And it is now that we must explore that proposal. Studies have shown that national savings would amount to $350 billion per year.

At the national level, this proposal is called Medicare for All, and it is embodied in Congress as Bill HR676. In New York state, it is called Single Payer New York, and it is one of the options now being studied by the governor in Albany.

Mike Dennison, a hero for our time

Reporter’s Notebook: Why is single-payer health reform not viable?
By MIKE DENNISON
Reporter’s notebook

HELENA – When it comes to health care reform in America, there is a relatively simple solution that will cover everyone’s basic health care, control costs and save businesses, most people and the country a lot of money.

It’s called a single-payer health plan, where the government collects taxes to finance national health insurance. The government, which is the “single payer,” covers all citizens and pays the bills when they visit private (or public) doctors, hospitals and other facilities for medical care.

Why ins’t Mike Dennison on TV? He clearly knows where of he speaks.

My hope is through Left in the West, I can do some small part to help deepen understanding of the differences between these bills. I’m also optimistic that with Dennison’s knowledge on these issues (even if he and I don’t seem to see eye-to-eye) that Lee will provide informative coverage of the debates.

Are you listening Senator Baucus?

Billings Gazette

HELENA – When it comes to health care reform in America, there is a relatively simple solution that will cover everyone’s basic health care, control costs and save businesses, most people and the country a lot of money.

It’s called a single-payer health plan, where the government collects taxes to finance national health insurance. The government, which is the “single payer,” covers all citizens and pays the bills when they visit private (or public) doctors, hospitals and other facilities for medical care.

All would have basic coverage, regardless of whether they have a job, or where they work. Nobody gets billed for basic care. No-body goes broke because of medical bills.

Yet this option has been declared “off the table” by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who’s among those leading the charge for health care reform in America.

Single payer teach in at Fall Church


Speaker: Chuck Pennacchio, PhD, Executive Director, Health Care for All PA

Where: At the home of Moya Atkinson, 3149 Fiddlers Green, Falls Church,VA 22044

When: Sunday, December 7, 3 pm – 5 pm

RSVP: moyaatk[at]att.net or 703-941-3707
When:
2008-12-07T T15:00:00 – T17:00:00 15:00:00-05:00

Tom Daschle and single payer

Tom Daschle for Health and Human Services

I do think Daschle is a decent pick, and I think he wouldn’t oppose HR 676 if Congress passed it, and I think Obama would sign it if it made it to his desk.

But, oh, a lot of rich people will be working hard to make sure it doesn’t, and I don’t see Daschle or Obama opposing them, either.

A lot of rich people opposed the creation of the EPA and OSHA, yet Nixon signed both of them into law. We can win single payer if we keep our shoulder to the wheel. Join Katie Robbins this Sunday to find out what the single payer lobby is planning.

Single payer conference in Chicago next week

Single Payer Meeting in Chicago

Single Payer advocates will be meeting in Chicago Nov. 15-16 to map a strategy to lobby Pres.-elect Obama to consider Single Payer as the only real option to solve the health care crisis. Many organizations and legislators will be approaching Obama’s team with their health care reform proposals.

The only Single Payer bill that is already in Congress is John Conyer’s HR676
. All the other proposals keep the health insurance industry reaping profits off the backs of sick people. They deny care and cause folks to become bankrupt as they limit coverage to make money.

We need health care not health insurance

Tell Obama that we need to pass HR 676, Medicare for All.

What Digby said

LA Times Interview with Digby

You’ve said the goal of the movement you identify with is to “take back America.” If you had to settle for one victory—
Universal health care. It will restore people’s faith in government by tangibly improving their lives. That’s exactly why the Right is so afraid of it.


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