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  1. 2009 Achieving Single Payer National Health InsuranceNOW!Debunking the Myths A Production Of Health Care for All Texas Single Payer In Our Life Time Campaign www.healthcareforalltexas.org

  2. Opening Exercises • What first comes to your mind when you hear "National Health Insurance"? • What percentage of your income are you currently spending on health care expenses? [include premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and medical necessities that are not covered at all] • What percentage of your income are you willing to spend on health care expenses?

  3. The State of Healthcare Coverage Today

  4. Where does the U.S. rank in health care quality compared to other industrialized nations? “America has the best health care in the world.” A. 5th B. 12th C. 21st D. 37th

  5. US: The Only Industrialized Country with Profit-driven Health Care System • Costs > $2 Trillion/year • Spend $350 Billion/year on administration • Costs more than twice per capita than other countries that have universal health care • Leaves out over 45 million including 8 million children Yet, the US has lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher maternal mortality, fewer doctors, and fewer hospital beds than most industrialized countries Source: Woolhandler S, Campbell T, Himmelstein D. Costs of Health Care Administration in The United States and Canada. New England Journal of Medicine 2003; 349:768-75 and Anderson G, Frogner B, Reinhardt U. Health Spending in OECD Countries in 2004: An Update. Health Affairs 2007 Vol 26, No. 5:1481-1489

  6. What percentage of Texans are insured through their employers? “Most Texans are insured through their employers.” A. 90% B. 60% C. 48% D. 30%

  7. The Texas Health Care Pie Today UNINSURED EMPLOYER-SPONSORED PUBLIC SELF 2006 Source: www.kff.org State Facts

  8. The Health-Care Pie As Costs Go Up….. Uninsured Uninsured Public Employer-sponsored Health Insurance

  9. “Most of the uninsured are unemployed and/or undocumented.” What is the fastest growing segment of the uninsured population? A. Illegal immigrants B. The unemployed C. Families with incomes at 200% of the poverty level D. Families with incomes of $75,000 per year

  10. The Uninsured Today • 45 million in the U.S. • 5.9 million in Texas • 80% of the uninsured are employed • 75% of the uninsured are US citizens People losing private health insurance at the fastest rate are those making > $75,000 /year Source: 2007 US Census Bureau, Institute of Medicine and Urban Institute, Uninsured and Dying Because of it, Jan 2008

  11. Have You Ever Been Uninsured? Number of Uninsured Americans 1976 - 2006 No. of Millions Uninsured Institute of Medicine and Urban Institute, Uninsured and Dying Because of it, Jan 2008

  12. “The uninsured can always get their care in the ER or get public insurance.” If you are uninsured, your risk of dying increases by how much? A. 10% B. 15% C. 20% D. 25%

  13. 25% If you are uninsured, your risk of dying increases by:

  14. According to a 2009 Harvard Study45,000 Americans Die Every YearDue to Lack of Health InsuranceThis translates into 12 deaths every hour that could have been prevented Source: Am. Journal of Public Health- online edition. Sept. 17 2009

  15. Getting Public Insurance in Texas Take a family with 2 kids, parents who make $37,000/year (185% FPL) and no employer-sponsored health insurance: The 2 month-old qualifies for Medicaid The 4 year-old qualifies for S-CHIP Parents make over the limit to qualify for public health insurance. The limit? $6,000 /year

  16. What is the average cost of private health insurance for a family of four? “The best solution is to make private health insurance affordable.” A. $3,000 per year B. $9,000 per year C. $12,000 per year D. $24,000 per year

  17. Since 2000 For-Profit Health InsurancePremiums Increased 87% Wages Increased 20% SUSTAINABLE? For-Profit Health Insurance “Paid by Employers and Employees” • Employer-sponsored health insurance for a family of 4 $12,000 /year • Minimum wage in Texas $12,000 • Median annual income in Texas $43,000 Source:KFF/HRET Survey of Employer Sponsored Health Benefits 2001-06; Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index US City Average of Annual Inflation (April to April), 2001-06; Bureau of Labor Statistics, Seasonally Adjusted Data from the Current Employment Statistics Survey 2001-06

  18. How Much is the U.S. Health Care System Costing You NOW? Share of total wage packet going to HC= (amount of total tax burden going to health + annual health insurance premium) (annual salary + payroll tax [FICA and Medicare] + annual health insurance premium) Source: Dollars & Sense, May/June 2008 OOP = co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance, uncovered expenses

  19. What percentage of health care is financed through taxes? “I don’t want my tax dollars used to buy somebody else’s healthcare.” A. 90% B. 60% C. 48% D. 30%

  20. 60% of our Health Care is Financed through Taxes Individuals TOTAL ANNUAL SPENDING = $2,000 BILLION 20% Taxpayers 60% {Medicare, Medicaid, VA, Indian Health Service, Public employees, tax subsidies} 20% Private employers $1,200 B Source: NEJM 1999; 340:109; Health Affairs 2000; 19(3):150

  21. Public Health Insurance Public Health Insurance is financed through federal and state taxes Texas pays: 40% Medicaid bill 30% S-CHIP bill Source: www.kff.org State Facts

  22. If Medicaid Expanded to All Texans Under 200% FPL, Almost Half of Texas Would be Eligible… And Texans would pay 40% of the bill = $19 Billion / year* 43% TX live < 200% FPL *9 million adults < 200% FPL x $2,100/adult=$18.9 B/yr Source: www.kff.org

  23. What percentage of private insurance premiums goes toward administrative costs and profits? “Health reform has to include the private, for-profit health insurance industry.” A. 15 % B. 20 % C. 25 % D. 30%

  24. Percentage of Private Insurance Premiums that goes toward Administrative Costs and Profits 30% Medicare administrative cost rate is 3%

  25. $22 million was paid by the private insurance industry to lobbyists in 2007 - an off year for elections - That money came out of your premiums – not out of the CEOs’ personal income Source: Health Plan Week April 2008

  26. US: The Industrialized Country with the Most Fragmented Health Care System • 1,300 private insurance companies (each with own billing system) • 314 Medicare Health Plans in TX (HMOs, PPOs, PFFS, Special Needs, MSAs) • 1,824 stand-alone Medicare Part D plans • 316 full-risk managed care Medicaid plans (in 1999) • Multiple stand-alone S-CHIP Plans • Ends up costing us • $350 Billion/year on administration • Why do we settle for this?

  27. US Health Care System: American Business at a Disadvantage • A 20% increase in HI premiums will cost 3.5 million workers their jobs, 3.5 million workers to move from FT to PT work, and cut average income by $1,700 • American manufacturers pay more than twice as much on health benefits as most foreign competitors • Small business employees account for ~27 million of the 47 million uninsured • Incentive to hire PT workers who don’t qualify for HI • “Job lock,” when workers do not leave jobs because they fear losing/changing HI, impairs flexible labor markets that strengthen the economy Sources: Kvaal The Economic Imperative for Health Reform, Center for American Progress, Dec 2008; Joint Committee on Taxation http://www.house.gov/jct/x-17-07.pdf ; Nichols and Axween, New America Foundation, May 2008; Gruber and Madrian, NBER Working Paper 8817, March 2002

  28. Daisetta, Texas Sinkhole The U.S. For-Profit Health Care System

  29. Proposed Health Care Reforms

  30. Weak Health Care Reform Keeps Corporate, For-Profit Insurance Companies Raking in Billions

  31. More Weak Reforms

  32. 17 % increase 17% increase 42% increase 42 % increase Cost of Massachusetts Health Reform

  33. HR 676 Medicare for AllThe US National Health Insurance Act

  34. HR 676 Medicare for AllThe US National Health Insurance Act • Everybody in, nobody out • Portable • Uniform, comprehensive benefits • Prevention oriented • Choice of physician • Ends insurance industry influence • Reduced administrative waste • Cost savings • Common sense budgeting • Public oversight Single-Payer Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas

  35. “We can’t afford single payer” What percentage of your income would be needed to pay for National Health Insurance? A. 3.3% B. 4.75% C. 7% D. 10%

  36. Existing federal revenues 3.3% employer and employee payroll tax 5% health tax on top 5% earners 10% tax on top 1% earners ¼ of 1% stock transactions Repeal Bush tax cuts for wealthy ProposedFunding for HR 676 –Single-Payer The US National Health Insurance Act Government Administered Free-market • Providers • Hospitals • Clinics • Mental health • Medications • Medical equipment • Long term care National Health Insurance Fund $2,931 B Funds Pays Administrative savings Bulk purchasing of medications Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas

  37. Total HR 676 Spending < Current Spending 2010 = $2,776 B

  38. Which systems are truly socialized medicine? “Single payer is socialized medicine!” A. Great Britain B. Spain C. US Veterans Medical Health Care System D. All of the above

  39. Health Care Systems

  40. “If the Canadian plan is so great why are they all coming here for their health care?” How many Canadians voluntarily seek medical care in the U.S. A About 100 B. About 500 C. About 1000 D. Greater than 1000

  41. In a private insurance or managed care system, the consumer has complete freedom to choose… “A single payer system would limit my ability to choose.” A. Their private doctor B. Which hospital they go to C. The cost of their care D. None of the above

  42. In a private insurance or managed care system… • You can only choose doctors within their network or pay a high fee • You have little choice of which hospital or laboratory you go to for services • Decisions about medical procedures are often made by insurance company clerks (high school level nonmedical professionals)

  43. In a National Health Insurance program… • All doctors and health care providers would be included • All hospitals and laboratories would be included • Decisions about medical procedures would be made by you and your medical professionals • Fees would be determined by regional boards consisting of health care providers and consumers

  44. Now thatwe can see our health care system for what it is,that the private, for-profit health insurance industry cannot be part of the solution,and that single payer is the solution to our health care crisis Let’s do something about it!

  45. HR 676The US National Health Insurance ActEndorsed By: • 86 members of the new US Congress so far • 417 union organizations • U.S. Conference of Mayors • Assembly of the Urban Caucus of the Episcopal Church • General Board on Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church • Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association of the Presbyterian Church I propose that ________ endorse the Resolution in support of the US National Health Insurance Act

  46. These TX Members of US Congress have not endorsed HR 676The US National Health Insurance Act Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas *Part of “Single Payer In Our Life Time” Campaign

  47. We need a groundswell! • Sign our postcard and recruit others to do the same • Our goal: 2,000 postcards per Congressional District