The Argument for Single-Payer Health Insurance…

Not that this is what the Obama administration is proposing.  Indeed, even the option of buying into a public health care plan is likely to be wiped off the table by the mouth-frothing protesters, who apparently want to limit your choices to the current crop of profiteering insurance companies that have somebody’s interests at heart, but definitely not yours. 

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9 thoughts on “The Argument for Single-Payer Health Insurance…

  1. It is amazing how easy our populace is swayed by fear mongering. Sad, really. I fear this whole debate has more to do with the failure of our public education system than with the failure to argue well for health care reform. *sigh*

  2. I had a back surgery recently.I have private insurance but still ended up paying two thousand out of pocket.What really bugs me though is that BCBS    negotiated with the provider and paid  just twenty percent of the charges which were twenty thousand dollars. This for an out patient procedure. I wondered why the inflated charges .and why the hospital accepted it and then it occurred to me that the hospital will write the difference off on their corporate taxes. I can’t swear to it but its an educatede guess. This means the government is definately uinderwriting my health care as it is but doing so in a manner that is not  transparent at all. Its a wonky system that does nothing to insure quality of care or lower costs I have a son with quadriplegia who is an adult and recieves medicaid.He also has BCBS under his father’s insurance.I asked a good doctor I wanted to see him if his father and I paid all deductibles could he see my son. This was an earnest request  since  the only doctor that accepts medicaid ( that is not a specialist but is a primary care doctor )is not oneI would Ichoose to manage my sons health care .The odd thing is he does accept BCBS which means they must have incentives to use him. I note my son’s physicals are extremely  shjort.. no blood work is ever done etc.The doctor That I wanted to care for my son  told me that his contract with  BCBS dictates that he can not accept medicaid patients , if he does they will drop him. Thats totally unfair ,and it is an insurance company that is limiting my son’s choices , not the government.  I am for a public ioption(and single payer would be fine with me ) because the  focus currently is not on health but on profits.It ensures higher profits in part by not addressing the needs of outr most fragile  citizens.and does nothing to address cost containment ,choice ,or quality. The ideas presented  in this video make sense to me I am hopeful that president Obama will  help the public cut through the misconceptions when he next addresses the nation on this topic.

  3. I wonder if the angry protesters realize that they are unwitting pawns of the insurance companies?  Who is really starting these stories about “the government will pull the plug on Grandma?”

  4. WOW.  I liked that so simple even right wing waco’s should eb able to understand.  I wish we could really move to this type of system and not have to have super expensive things happen to us.  Last time I was in the hospital, I spent two years paying them off.  I got good care, but I hit my ‘stop loss’ with one visit. 

  5. Firstly:  Very well done video.  I enjoyed watching it.Secondly:  The services that the video maker refers to as free, government-run, socialist (i.e. police, firefighters, post office, education) are, other than the postal service, actually state or locally run.  I wonder if the majority of the ‘fear-mongers’ might not be so monger-ous if that would be the case with health insurance, too.  Unfortunately, I don’t really trust the federal government to get much done in a way that truly benefits the person in Podunk, Oklahoma when they can’t balance their budget, they stick their fingers into every pie and they seem determined to throw good money after bad.Just my 2 cents…and we know what that’s worth these days.  đŸ™‚  Have a good one!

  6. What gripes me is hearing a doctor interviewed at a protest in his scrubs say he doesn’t want anyone telling him how he can treat a patient like Medicare does. How many other insurance companies refuse to treat certain illness?

  7. Yeah, I thought the public option was the best part of the plan, truthfully.  I also think it’s interesting that places that spend less money on health care (including the Mayo Clinic) actually have better health outcomes than places that spend more money (can’t remember specific example); a lot of this is b/c tests are expensive and not side-effect proof (I learned the from the font of all superficial knowledge, The Reader’s Digest).  Anyway, any system that focuses primarily on treating illness rather than preventing it isn’t going to work well, in my opinion.  It’s like waiting until kids grow and up and are selling drugs and in gangs and trying to rehabilitate them versus raising them right in the first place, you know?I liked the person with two heads. That was my favorite part! 

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