Mar. 18, 2016 By Jack Jodell.
PUBLIC CITIZEN (www.citizen,org/) is an excellent site for reliable and thorough information on a wide range of governmental matters. They recently sent me via snail mail a superb and enlightening double-sided pamphlet exposing and correcting many of the misconceptions which have been going around concerning the Single-Payer health care system Bernie Sanders has advocated and that many other, much saner nations have enjoyed for a great many years. I, too, favor this system rather than the horrible for-profit system we currently have here in the U.S. With 2016 being an election year, we have already seen some discussion of Single-Payer among several candidates, and we will continue to hear more. Because most of these candidates are bought-out by the extremely greedy for-profit health insurance companies, much of which we will hear about Single-Payer will tend to be distortions and outright lies. Thanks to this Public Citizen pamphlet, most of which will be featured in this post, YOU can be assured that YOU will know the true facts about Single- Payer health care!
1. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (“OBAMACARE”) PROVIDES UNIVERSAL COVERAGE AND PROTECTS PATIENTS FROM ABUSIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, SO WE DON’T NEED SINGLE-PAYER.
WRONG! Under the Affordable Care Act, you are required to purchase coverage from a for-profit corporation…like Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and others, (which) still control access to doctors, hospitals, and coverage; the insurance industry arguably has more power with the Affordable Care Act in place than before…
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. COSTS WILL SKYROCKET UNDER SINGLE-PAYER.
WRONG! Single-payer is the only health care reform that will save enough money to insure everyone. By eliminating the health insurance industry, we will save $350 BILLION a year in administrative costs and profits! We then use that money to insure those who lack insurance and fully cover those who are under-insured.
5. DRUGS WILL BE MORE DIFFICULT TO GET UNDER SINGLE-PAYER. WRONG! The drug industry would have you believe that there will be less research and development under a single-payerr system. In fact, much medical research is currently ended by the National Institute of Health. Under single-payer, this would GROW. Also, drugs will be cheaper under single-payer. When all patients are under one system, the payer wields lots of clout. For example, the Veterans Administration gets a 40% DISCOUNT on drugs because of its buying power. This single-payer buying power is the main reason why other countries’ drug prices are lower than our own...now you know why the drug industry is so opposed to single-payer!
6. SINGLE-PAYER WILL COVER LESS THAN THE INSURANCE I HAVE NOW.
WRONG! For the majority of Americans, single-payer will be a vast improvement. All medically necessary care would be funded through the single payer, including doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, mental health services, nursing home care, rehab, home care, eye care, and dental care.
7. SINGLE-PAYER WILL COST ME MORE THAN I’M PAYING NOW FOR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE.
WRONG! The vast majority of Americans will be paying the same or less than they are paying now. Instead of paying premiums to a private health insurance company, most of us will pay a similar or smaller amount in taxes. So, right now, if you are paying #8,000 a year in premiums for a family of four with a $4,000 deductible, your present liability is at least $12,000 a year. You will most likely pay less than that to fund a universal, single-payer system, -AND, – there will be NO DEDUCTIBLE! Plus, you can go see any doctor or check into any hospital in the United States!
It is very clear to me (and it is beginning to dawn on growing millions of other Americans) that this current “for profit” health care system we now have is a gigantic rip-off that is shortchanging us badly! We are running one of the most expensive health care systems in the world and we are needlessly overpaying badly and, more importantly, are NOT getting a system worthy of such a cost! We do NOT enjoy the best health care in the world by a long shot. These multimillion health insurance CEO and board of directors salaries are immoral and outrageous and must be ended immediately! So let us put an end to this greed-ridden nonsense and adopt and implement a single-payer health care system for this country as soon as possible! The time has come to end Obamacare and fully replace it with universal, single-payer!
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