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Ask President Obama to Support Single Payer Healthcare

Posted by libhom Sunday, July 26, 2009

Single payer healthcare, which in this Congress means the Medicare for all approach of HR 676, is the only healthcare proposal at the moment which provides universal healthcare for two reasons.

1) The other current proposals don't provide coverage for the poor and near poor, they just fine people who can't afford it.

2) Insurance companies and HMOs don't provide universal care for people who have "coverage." They routinely deny needed medical care to amp up their profits.

Single payer is the cheapest system. Not only is it cheaper than what the Congressional leadership and Obama support, it also is cheaper than the current system. Why?

Single payer eliminates the byzantine insurance company/HMO bureaucracies, enormous executive pay, and obscene profits that currently eat up so much of our healthcare dollars. Insurance companies and their HMO counterparts have managed what would seem to be impossible: creating bureaucracies even larger and less efficient than those created by the Soviet Union.

It's past time for President Obama to stop paying footsie with the lobbyists and big money donors and support real healthcare reform. Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) has an open letter asking him to do just that.

Please sign that letter!

You can also sign and contribute to PNHP if you wish.

The open letter also has some words of warning about the "public option" being pushed by center right Democrats instead of single payer.

Moreover, a “public plan option” would do little to mitigate the damage of a reform that perpetuates private insurers’ dominant role. Even a robust public option would forego 90% of the bureaucratic savings achievable under single payer. And a kinder, gentler public option would quickly fail in a health care marketplace where competition involves a race to the bottom, not the top, where insurers compete by NOT paying for care. But HHS Secretary Sebelius has made clear that any public option will be far worse than that, specifically crafted to prevent it from evolving to a single payer. This kind of public option would amount to a government-run clone of private insurance, reproducing the worst features of private plans.



  1. TRUTH 101 Says:
  2. I'm not having much success advocating single payer Libhom. I hope your efforts and the physicians who sign the letter have better luck than I've been having.

    Why President Obama thinks he must pander to the obstructionists that are delaying this so insurance companies can keep screwing us is beyond me.

    On a side note, "Godless Liberal Homo" is possibly the best blog name ever.

  3. GDAEman Says:
  4. Excellent synopsis. You've gained some expertise in this area.

    Is there a Senate counter-part to the House Bill?

  5. Great sum up. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Christopher Says:
  7. I'm not holding my breath.

    Just like repealing DADT and DOMA, getting the troops out of Iraq by 2010 (now it's 2011) and even standing up for his friend, Professor Louis Gates against a racist Cambridge cop, President Obama is turning out to be a weakling, a wuss, a spineless DINO in love with his press and legend.

    I'm counting the months until 2012.



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