Health Care – What is Wrong With Single Payer ?


So, I wonder, what can be so wrong with a Single-Payer health care system that President Obama has ruled it “off-the-table” before the discussion even starts.  If we had a single payer system everybody would be so much better off except the insurance companies.  I and Mrs. Chief have Medicare as our Primary insurance and Tricare for Life (TFL, as a retired Navy person) as our secondary.  Both are single payer as the U. S. government pays the bills.  It is great.  I go to any doctor I want and any necessary tests (and there are more than a few when one is 68) are done and I pay not a penny.  Granted we each pay about $100 a month for Medicare Part B, but the prescription coverage comes as part of the TFL and that, my friends, was paid for as part of the twenty-one years of putting myself in harms way as part of the U.S. Navy.

Amy Goodman, DemocracyNow, has a relevant post here that addresses the lack of administration interest in the single payer concept.

Congress is considering H.R. 676, “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All,” sponsored by John Conyers, D-Mich., with 64 co-sponsors. Yet even when Rep. Conyers directly asked Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting if he could attend the White House health-care summit, he was not immediately invited. Nor was any other advocate for single-payer health care.

Conyers had asked to bring Dr. Marcia Angell, the first woman editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, the most prestigious medical journal in the country, and Dr. Quentin Young. Young is perhaps the most well-known single-payer advocate in America. He was Martin Luther King Jr.’s doctor when King lived in Chicago. “My 15-minute house calls would stretch into three hours,” he told me.

But he came to know Barack Obama even better. Though his medical partner was Obama’s doctor, Young was his neighbor, friend and ally for decades. “Obama supported single-payer, gave speeches for it,” he said.

This past weekend, hundreds turned out to honor the 85-year-old Young, including the Illinois governor and three members of Congress, but the White House’s response to Conyers’ request that Young be included in the summit? A resounding no. Perhaps because Obama personally knows how persuasive and committed Young is.

At the conclusion of reading Ms. Goodman’s post, I sent the following to my senator, Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

I understand that President Obama has taken “Single-Payer” health care off the table.

I am a member of two single-payer insurance groups. First is Medicare.  The second is Tricare for Life as a Retired Navy man.  both systems work great.  No hassle and no insurance companies to argue with or ration the care I receive.

I would like to see insurance companies removed from the health care equation as I feel the U.S. Government can deliver health care at a lower cost.

I ask you to please consider single payer as a solution to the health care crisis in America.

The email to Sen. Brown probably will not do any good.  But I feel better after sending it.  Try it (to your senator) and see if you feel better.

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One Comment on “Health Care – What is Wrong With Single Payer ?”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Sherrod Brown seems like a decent legislator, from what I’ve seen of him (mostly interviews on Rachel Maddow).


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