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Single Payer Health Care Gains Support

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Single Payer Health Care

Single payer health care, paying doctors and hospitals out of one fund managed by the government, and paid to health care providers by either a government agency or insurance company, is gaining support. Single payer health care groups are pushing for streamlined payments that would result from single payer health care. This is another way of delivering universal health insurance, which aims to make the coverage more affordable.

Head of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus seems to be moving Congress toward single payer health care, something President Obama has said simply will not happen. At this point, Baucus told reporters at the National Press Club, that single payer health care is "on the table", saying there are many ways to accomplish the goal of health care reform.

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) claims, “private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $350 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans”. The PNHP says that private insurers waste health care dollars and that single payer health care is one of the only ways to stop that waste. (1)

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The premise of single payer health care is that everyone gets access to needed care. Many people have watched as health care in the US has declined, in part due to administrative waste, an issue that should disappear with implementation of a single payer health care system.

Healthcare reform has taken center stage. Everyone wants affordable and accessible health care. Congress is pushing for developing a single payer healthcare plan, and support seems to be increasing. No one knows how insurance companies will fare in the end. Insurance groups fear our government may insure the public.

Proponents of single payer health care include PNHP, Health Care for America NOW!, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, as well as many state groups.

Nader contends, “With a single-payer system - everybody in, nobody out - you don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out who’s in and who’s out”, also saying that single payer health care decreases deaths in countries who insure their population.

(1) http://www.pnhp.org/



If we had a single payer health care system, I wouldn't have to pay $400 a month to add my pregnant wife to my group plan even though her pregnancy is not covered because its a "preexisting condition". How anyone can be against single payer health care is an absolute mystery and uncaring for the plight of good hard working people.
There is one glaring error in what is otherwise an excellent article. Kathleen Blanchard states the organization Health Care for America Now is a proponent of Single Payer. This is incorrect HCAN was formed by a group of Union Leaders whose allegiance lies with advancing the agenda of the Democrat Party and Barack Obama. To quote an excellent expose of this group written by Helen Redmond last October. "The organization, Health Care for America Now (HCAN), was formed in July of this year. The group stole its name from Healthcare-Now, a national grassroots organization that supports a "single-payer" health care system modeled on Medicare" "The steering committee includes four big unions--AFSCME, Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers and the National Education Association--plus Moveon.org, the community organizing group ACORN, the National Council of La Raza and Planned Parenthood." "Each of these organizations donated $500,000 to HCAN. Atlantic Philanthropies, funded by billionaire-turned-philanthropist Chuck Feeney, kicked in $10 million to bring the total war chest to $40 million." In short HCAN, not to be confused with Healthcare Now(HCN), is one of the most pernicious and deceptive groups out there. If you want Single Payer be advised to steer well clear of them and advise those unaware of HCAN's Agenda of their nefarious intentions.