Single Payer Update and Reading List
The tide is turning my friends. This is becoming an inexorable force that cannot be denied.
The New York Health Act, which previously passed the Assembly three times but stalled in the Senate, would provide no-cost coverage to every New Yorker with no out-of-pocket costs and no network restrictions. It would be paid for through a progressive payroll tax and levies on non-earned income, such as capital gains. A 2015 analysis from Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, showed a potential savings of $45 billion in the first year of implementation
Single Payer healthcare Bill Passes Assembly
Fein notes that a single payer system could significantly reduce costs by negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and health care providers, and drastically cutting hospital-billing costs.
"There was a comparison of Toronto General with Mass. General 'cause they're similarly sized hospitals,” he states. “Toronto General, three people dealing with billing. At the Mass. General, over 350."
Fein adds that while private insurance companies spend about 20 percent on administrative costs, for Medicare that figure is only 3 percent.
Oh, here's a big surprise from the Public News Service article: "Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position on the bill."
Single Payer healthcare discussed at Nevada County Town Hall
"We have an historic opportunity," said Michael Lighty, the special guest speaker, who is director of public policy for National Nurses United.
Lighty and the panelists who joined him Tuesday believe that California's Senate Bill 562, the Health California Act, could create a unique, state-initiated health care system that provides universal coverage and benefits at lower costs than the current federal health care system.
Note - Nevada County is in California
No, the next one is not a rah-rah article, far from it.
Single Payer Healthcare is the Key To Democratic Victory in 2018
Single-payer health care is exactly the kind of high-concept, visionary goal that the Democrats deliberately shied away from when they chose to support Hillary Clinton’s brand of incrementalist politics, a gamble that paid off poorly in an era of instability and anxiety. Like many big ideas, single-payer is the embodiment of hope — in this case, hope for a healthier and kinder American society in which the worth of a human life is not contingent upon how much capital that human possesses or produces.
If the Democrats won’t stand for that, why should anyone vote for them?
Okay the next one is f-king fascinating - a Republican Congressman from Idaho who says he wouldn't have voted for the Republican abomination if he thought it would pass and then all but endorses single payer in a back-handed sort of squishy way. Think those town halls might have had an impact?
Simpson, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, including most of Boise and everything in Idaho to the east, said “there are no tweaks out there” to make the Affordable Care Act work. He predicted the law will be replaced either by a system that relies less on the federal government or by a single-payer system like Medicare.
“It’s been surprising to me how many people I’ve heard who, five years ago, wouldn’t have said something like that,” he said. “Business people. Who said, ‘Just go to a one-payer system. It’s the simplest thing to do.’ But is it the best thing to do?”
That's just a small sampling of the news coverage out there on single payer. I by-passed countless op-eds and Letters to the Editor from all over the country making eloquent and informed pleas for single-payer in light of what the Republicans are offering up. It would be so incredibly wonderful if their spiteful, homicidal, sociopathic healthcare bill inspired and accomplished the exact opposite of their goals. Oh, there's those laws of motion popping up again - For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.