We Need a Single Payer, Doctor/Patient Health Care System to achieve “Health Care for All ” . National – HR 676/S 703 State – SB 810 Presented by Rose Roach. “Some people are very generous with other people’s suffering.” Senator Paul Wellstone.
We Need a Single Payer, Doctor/Patient Health Care System to achieve “Health Care for All”
National – HR 676/S 703
State – SB 810
Presented by Rose Roach
Senator Paul Wellstone
“The United States stands almost alone in the world in its failure to recognize health care as a human right. Instead we consider health care as an economic commodity. If you can afford it, you can get it. If not, you’re out of luck.” Robert H LeBow, M.D.
Lobbying“The aim of the lobbying blitz is simple: to minimize the damage to insurers, hospitals and other major sectors while maximizing the potential of up to 46 million uninsured Americans as new customers. Although many firms have vowed to help cut costs, major players such as PhRMA, America's Health Insurance Plans and others remain opposed to the public-insurance option, a key proposal that President Obama has endorsed.”
The Washington Post, July 6, 2009 - Familiar Players in Health Bill LobbyingBy Dan Eggen and Kimberly Kindy
Proposed by Richard Nixon in 1971 to block Edward Kennedy’s National Health Insurance proposal
Government uses its coercive power to make people buy private insurance
Managed Care / Care Management
Expanded Medicaid-like program
Free for poor
Subsidies for low income
Buy-in without subsidy for others“Mandate” Model for Reform
“Every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts will soon have affordable health insurance and the costs of health care will be reduced.
“The bill does what health experts say no other state has been able to do: provide a mechanism for all of its citizens to obtain health insurance.”
Sources: Wall Street Journal 4/11/06 and New York Times 4/5/06.
< Poverty - Medicaid HMO
100% - 300% poverty - Partial subsidy
> 300% poverty – Buy Your Own
“I am very proud of the fact that Massachusetts will be the first state in the country to enact universal health insurance.”
“Massachusetts last week ventured where no state has gone before: it guaranteed health insurance for every resident.”
Sources: New York Times 4/14/88 and 4/26/88
“Today our dreams of providing effective and affordable health care to all Oregonians has come true.”
“The most far-reaching health care reform in the nation.”
Sources:Washington Post 6/9/92 and 3/20/`93
“The most radical health care plan in America.” “Tennessee will cover at least 95% of its citizens with health insurance by the end of 1994.”
Gov. Ned McWherter
Sources: Federal & State Insurance Week 4/12/93; and NY Times 9/16/94
“This is an incredibly exciting moment that should make all Vermonters proud.”
“Governor Howard Dean, the only governor who is a doctor, signed a law here today that sets in motion a plan to give Vermont universal healthcare by 1995.”
Source: New York Times 4/12/92
“Minnesota is enacting a program that will be the most sweeping effort yet to provide health insurance to people who lack it . . . the first complete reform proposal in the U.S.”
“Minnesota is about to embark on a plan to solve the health-insurance crisis that could hold lessons for other states and the nation.”
Sources: New York Times 4/19/92; and Richard Reece, Medical World News 7/1/92.
Washington state “passed one of the most aggressive health care experiments in the nation, a program that would extend medical benefits to all 5.1 million residents of the state . . . .”
Source: New York Times 5/2/93
“It’s bold and comprehensive, and it’s now the law of the state.”
“Maine has just become the first state in the union to approve a plan to provide universal access to affordable health insurance.”
Sources: AP Newswire 4/25/06 and Ellen Goodman, Washington Post Writers Group 7/7/03.
“First you start with the most desirable, I thought to myself, and it is only later on that you work out what is politically feasible. I refused to admit defeat before we had even begun to fight…”“The Conscience of a Liberal” Paul Wellstone
On Health Care
Can We Do It?
“The history of great social achievement is rife with instances in which the forces of institutionalized power told social movements - as they now tell this one - that what they wanted was too much, or too fast, or too soon. I think, of course, of the abolition of human slavery, the enfranchisement of women, the Civil Rights Movement, Social Security, the minimum wage, an end to child labor. In each of these instances, social movements held fast to their principles and soon discovered that what they had been told was “politically unfeasible” one moment was political reality the next.”Nicholas Skala is a former senior research associate Physicians for a National Health Program. He is currently a Juris Doctor candidate and Harry L. Kinser Scholar for Health Law at Northwestern University School of Law.
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