Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Single-Payer Healthcare

Here's one overview of the Single-Payer proposal, including point by point refutation of the myths most often brought up by those who oppose it.

Also, here is a Single-Payer FAQ from Physicians For A National Health Program.

No further comment at this time, just something I wanted to make note of and something to perhaps be referenced when writing your representatives in Washington.

The every man for himself approach seen in the United States is a national disgrace.


Blogger SuperFiancee said...

No further comment at this time, just something I wanted to make note of and something to perhaps be referenced when writing your representatives in Washington.

Before I opened your post fully, that is EXACTLY the thought that came to me. A lot of good information. Those of us who are not elected officials shouldn't be the only ones who have it.

Thanks for passing along the links.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Mike Sawin said...

I am leery of government programs in general, but the system that we have in place at this moment is amazingly inefficient, bloated, redundant and still inadequate.

I love it when conservatives like to blame consumers for increased health care costs -- because the claim is that we go to the doctor too often!

I am in favor of a single-payer deal, but I would much rather see alot more programming on the front end of this issue, especially in the area of prevention and early detection of problems. Incentives for joining healch clubs wouldn't suck, either.

All I ask is that I should be able to access the same government-funded health care program that our federal election officials enjoy.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Sawin, again said...

d'oh! "federally-elected officials".

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A common complaint of New-Conservatives and their allies on my side of the border as well, Mr. Sawin(addressing you thus only to keep the two Mikes here straight in my own mind). I find it no less annoying to see the argument continue to be made.

There's still room in the Canadian system for some degree of private enterprise within the medicare framework. We're just trying to make sure that everybody that needs the help gets it.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike Sawin said...

I distrust government -- and that distrust comes hard won.

I've been in the military, I've been to college, I've traveled to Washington as a lobbyist, and I've met with two US Senators, several state government representatives and two governors.

I've worked with nonprofit organizations that served the poor and labored under crazy government meddling, redundant (and at times contradictory) regulations, and a system whose primary goal was to ensure the perpetuation of the system instead of helping people.

And I worked in a large regional hospital for four years, so I became familiar with the symbiotic relationship between the government and the health care industry. Since they are so intertwined, I wish we would just get it over with and just go with single-payer or some some other sort of official government program.

And chiefly, I worked for a couple of years in a public school. I've seen how our political system works on many levels -- and it is a mess.

My experiences are not rare; in fact most people who have interacted with the US federal government know exactly what I am talking about.

I am loathe to see this system's method applied to health care. But it is assinine to continue to pretend that "the market" is the answer to the health care crisis of this country. Our health-care system has been insulated from the market by decades of over-regulation, bizarre

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Mike Sawin said...

continued ...

limitations placed by insurance companies that are backed by law and statute.

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sawin voted for Bush. Twice. This shows how seriously to take that clown.

8:15 PM  

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