Healthcare

We pay more than any other industrialized country but have the least to show for it both in terms of health and coverage. It does not matter which party is in power.

The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.

Indications showing this to be true include the United States ranks 28th in life expectancy, both general and infant mortality, cardiovascular mortality rates, cancer mortality rates, longevity, and teen age pregnancy. (39)(67) The largest single cause of bankruptcies is healthcare expenses. Employers pay an average of 3,000 dollars per full time worker (one of the fastest growing costs) which discourages job creation. We need to change this to remain competitive. Consider the ties of the auto industry to health costs. Even in the 1970s General Motors said they paid more for health care costs than steel. After a century of most cars made in the United States being made in Michigan, Michigan was replaced by Ontario, Canada. Why? The health care costs went from 6,500 dollars to 800 dollars per worker. (1)

Controlling costs is the key to offering quality care for all. Since we already pay more than any other industrialized country in the world for health care, this would not involve an increase in expenses. It would in fact save money for both the individual and the government. Taxpayers and individuals cannot afford double digit premium increases year after year.

Overhead and administrative costs for private health insurance run 25% or more vs. 3% for single payer Medicare. A University of California (San Francisco) study found that the United States could save over 161 billion dollars every year in paperwork alone if it switched to a single payer Medicare for all system as Canada has had for over thirty years. (Australia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Taiwan, Province of China have single payer Medicare of all systems. All industrialized countries offer more coverage for less cost than the United States. One documented result of the Medicare for all approach is those countries increase their competiveness by relieving businesses and individuals of health care burdens.)

"In fact, there are numerous "public options" in American life, with many of them rooted deep in the nation's history. In the area of education, there are public schools; in recreation, public parks; in travel, public roads; in fire-fighting, public fire departments; in law enforcement, public police forces; in culture, public libraries; in transportation, public bus and train lines; in mail delivery, the post office; in sanitation, public water supply plumbing, and sewers; in energy, public power; in old-age security, Social Security; in nutrition, public school lunch programs. Where did the notion ever come from that public programs were somehow "un-American"? Even in the disputed area of health care, there exist public hospitals, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and the National Institutes of Health." (above paragraph by: Lawrence S. Wittner, t r u t h o u t | Perspective, Thursday 03 September 2009)

A Supreme Court opinion upholding Obamacare summarized nicely. "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." The issue should be health care, not artificial subsidies to increase wealth for  health insurance companies.

We are paying a heavy price for standing alone as the only major industrialized country in the world that leaves basic health care entirely to private interests and does not even require the private interests to compete openly in a free market system. Changing does not have to be difficult.
-This could be phased in gradually starting with those aged 55 and older and lowering the age as cost savings add up .
-There are many way to introduce price controls. Medicare for all is the best; a public option would also work.
-To control costs, at the very least medicine should be subject to the Sherman anti-trust Act and health insurance should be made available across state lines like any other industry.

Footnote
1- Fareed Zakaria, “The Post-American World Release 2.0,” (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2011), 225.
References
2-By the Numbers: 'Medicare for All' Could Fund Prosperous Future
3-Medicare for All!
4-Single Payer Reality: Vermont Approves Universal Health Care Program
5-Two-thirds of Americans Support Medicare-for-All
6-Single-Payer Health Care
7-France Best, U.S. Worst in Preventable Death Ranking
8-What we're Not Being Told about Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan
9-Republican and Democratic Plans for Medicare and Medicaid Misguided: Push for Privatization Will Accelerate Costs and Deaths
10-Doctors group Greets Single-payer Health Bill in Senate
11-Obama Health Law Unlikely to Stem Medical Bankruptcies
12-Study: 44 million Could Lose Medicaid Coverage under GOP Plan
13-Obama Denies Vermont Healthcare
14-Funding a National Single-Payer System
15-The Cost Of Health Insurance Around The World
16-John Breaux Sees Democrats Embracing Paul Ryan's Plan To 'End Medicare'
17-Administrative Waste Consumes 31 Percent of Health Spending
18-Family Makes Millions Taking in Federal Funds for Failed Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
19-Income Inequality & Educational ‘Performance’
20-Income Inequality: Physical Health and Life Expectancy
21-Obamacare and SCOTUS: Why are Progressives Celebrating a 54 Billion Dollar Tax Hike on Low-Income Families?
22-Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma
23-Health Care Comparisons
24-Deadly Fallout: How Obama’s Healthcare Law Provides Unaffordable Access to Health Insurance and Fosters Preventable Deaths
25-The Problem With Obama’s Attack on Vouchercare
26-Neoliberalism Kills
27-Per Capita Health Care Spending for One Company in Massachusetts vs. All of Canada
28-Comparative Health Care Costs in Other Countries
29-HMO Overhead vs. Medicare, 2011
30-Obamacare Architect Heads to Big Pharma
31-‘We won’t sell our healthcare’: Madrid rallies against privatized medical
32-Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits
33-Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma
34-The true price of Obama's sell out of the public option is starting to be felt.
35-Health Care Hoax
36-Obama cribs from anti-choice playbook to deny patients medicine
37-Obamacare: The cheapest healthcare plan will be $20,000 per year for a family plan
38-Payroll taxes would fund universal health care proposal
39-What's killing America? U.S. ranks 28th in life expectancy (lower than Chile and Greece) while it pays the MOST for health care
40-Where do America’s Most Uninsured States Stand on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion?
41-Only 2% of individual plans meet "essential health benefit" requirements
42-Universal Neglect: A Failure to Protect Americans’ Health
43-Who Spends The Most Dollars Lobbying Washington, DC?
44-Little hope seen for millions priced out of health overhaul
45-'Obamacare' to drive up health-care premiums? Report sets off firestorm
46-Consumer-directed enrollees do not shop prices
47-While Cutting Medicare Benefits, Obama Bails Out Private Insurance for Seniors
48-White House Trial-Balloons Medicare Cost Increases
49-A Superior System: Single Payer Legislation vs. Affordable Care Act
50-ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Feds to use "consumer reporting agencies" to determine eligibility despite penalty for perjury
51-Redistributive function of Canada's single payer: Publicly Financed Health Care in Canada: Who Pays and Who Benefits Over a Lifetime?
52-Why Are People with Health Insurance Going Bankrupt? - Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: Obama care will not put an end to medical bankruptcies - 80% of people going bankrupt due to healthcare costs had insurance
53-Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146%
54-Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They're Richer Than Us
55-Countries with Universal Health Care
56-ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Will the exchanges be able to prevent the insurance companies from gaming actuarial value?
57-ObamaCare’s Relentless Creation of Second-Class Citizens (Part II)
58-Piracy Is Alive and Well in Maine by Lynn M. Petrovich
59-Mourn Those Killed by Health Insurance Greed
60-What Sweden Can Tell Us About Obamacare
61-Administration to Let Employers Avoid Mandate by Offering Worthless Insurance
62-Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They're Richer Than Us
63-Concord: Half of call center jobs will be part-time
64-Obama admin delays major requirement of health law
65-Obama Negotiates Cuts to Medicare as the Program Reaches its 48th Anniversary
66-On the News With Thom Hartmann: Another Key Provision of Obamacare Meant to Protect Consumers Is Being Delayed, and More
67-The USA is 27th in Health Care (chart)
68-Vermont "single-payer;" one more Democratic Party hoax and a fraud just like Barack Obama
69-U.S. Top of List for First-Day Deaths in Rich Nations: More babies die on their first day of life in the United States than in any other industrialized country.
70-Vermont Poised to Become 1st State to Enact Single-Payer Healthcare
71-A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare

72-A List of Countries with Universal Healthcare and how long they have had it

73-Grand Theft Health Insurance
74-The ACA is the wrong direction; Time for Medicare For All

75-Healthcare Isn't A Free Market, It's A Giant Economic Scam

76-Medicaid expansion means jobs, jobs, jobs -- and health care for the working poor (Joey Kennedy)

77-Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job: Few people embody the corporatist revolving door greasing Washington as purely as Elizabeth Fowler

78-Single Payer Advocate Quentin Young: Passing Obamacare Worse than Doing Nothing

79-The ACA is the Wrong Direction, Time for Medicare for All

80-The Democratic Party’s deceitful game - They are willing to bravely support any progressive bill as long as there's no chance it can pass

81-Obamacare
82-Time to prescribe single-payer health insurance: Amy Goodman

83-Texas’ Other Death Penalty: A Galveston medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net.

84-Are Deaths Due to Lack of Health Insurance Seriously Underestimated?

85-Bait and switch: How the “public option” was sold

86-Health Costs: How the U.S. Compares With Other Countries

87-Krugman, on ObamaCare, Gets the Wrong Worm

88-Medicare’s Rollout vs. Obamacare’s Glitches Brew

89-Michael Olenick: Comprehensive Review of ObamaCare Plans Reveals Not Only High Cost for Atrocious Coverage, but Also Apparent Violations of ACA Requirements

90-ObamaCare Enriches Only The Health Insurance Giants and Their Shareholders

91-Obamacare is Doomed by Its Internal Logic

92-Obamacare vs. Single Payer - Top 10 Things the ACA Gave Us vs. the Top Ten We Gave Up

OBAMACARE VS SINGLE PAYER
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93-ObamaCare, TINA, Medical Ethics, and the Health Care Economist

94-Obamacare: The Biggest Insurance Scam in History

95-Paul Krugman’s Shocking, Revisionist, and Obscurantist Views on Single Payer

96-Obama administration seeks to reduce cases of cancer in US…by changing the definition of cancer
97-Reply to critics of “Bait and switch: How the ‘public option’ was sold”

98-Report: Obama administration knew millions would be forced to change insurance

99-The Obamacare Disaster and the Poison of Party Loyalty

100-The White House Fable Factory

101-Throw out Obamacare? Yes, and give us a single-payer system.

102-Backroom Fix: How Eight Democrats Denied Health Plans to Hundreds of Thousands of Californians

103-Barack Obama: Hypocrisy on Health Care

104-Center for Public Integrity on the Medicare Advantage Money Grab

105-Do the Math: Obamacare Won't Change the Number of Uninsured

106-Dr Flowers Explains Obamacare Conscientious Objection

107-Healthcare Redlining

108-Hillary Clinton Likes Obamacare, And Opposes Single-Payer Health Insurance

109-Hillary Clinton, Pre-2016, Gingerly Addresses ObamaCare Debacle, Supports “Evidence-Based” Changes

110-Indonesia launches world's largest health insurance system

111-It’s Official: the US has the Worst Health Care System on the Planet - An immoral, redundant, crass, bloated, discriminating Freak Show

112-Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

113-More lies from Obama on Obamacare

114-More Problems With "Obamacare"

115-New Obamacare Loophole Shows Failure of For-Profit Health System: Critics - 'This new rule to limit payments for needed medical procedures is a reminder of everything that is wrong with our profit-driven healthcare system.'

116-Obama Makes Surprise Reversal On Obamacare

117-Critics Call Obama Funding Plan For Health Insurer Losses A 'Bailout'

118-Obamacare Clusterfuck: Some premiums to double in 2014

119-ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Supplemental private insurance emerges to cover the high out-of-pocket costs of ObamaCare's insurance

120-Obamacare Continues to Unravel as Obama Kicks the Can for Capital–Again

121-ObamaCare Post-Victory Lap Cooldown

122-ObamaCare Roundup: Random Rates and Narrow Networks

123-Obamacare: The Final Payment–Raiding the Assets of Low-Income and Poor Americans

124-Obamacare's Empty Victory

Obamacare’s Empty Victory
Obamacare’s Empty Victory

125-ObamaSwindleCare: The Final Payment

126-Romneycare and Obamacare Differ Only in Inconsequential Ways

127-Sick Inside Our Broken Health System with that Old Familiar Terror in My Gut

128-The Affordable Care Act keeps insurance companies as middleman between patients and doctors: Ursula Rozum

129-The U.S. Has The Most Expensive And Least Effective Health Care In The Developed World

130-U.S. health care system ranks lowest in international survey

131-US Health Care Costs Again Rising, Not Slowing

132-Was the ACA ‘politically feasible’?

133-What a Functional Health Care System Looks Like

134-‘Medicare for All’ would cover everyone, save billions in first year: new study - Economist says Canadian-style, single-payer health plan would reap huge savings from reduced paperwork and from negotiated drug prices, enough to pay for quality coverage for all – at less cost to families and businesses

135-8 facts (and graphs) that explain what’s wrong with American health care

136-Nearly 40% of Americans didn't seek health care due to high costs in 2013

137-Health Insurance CEO Compensation

138-Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors

139-Songs for the 99

140-Medicare for All Print Ad

141-NY Times Reporter Confirms Obama Made Deal to Kill Public Option

142-The Freedoms of a Single Payer Health Program

143-Sticker Shock: How Big Pharma Gouges the American Public

144-70% of new healthcare coverage has been due to Medicaid

145-Unions Can Lead the Struggle for Single-Payer Health Care

146-Universal Single Payer Health Care For All Newsletter

147-8 facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care

148-As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care

149-Growth of Physicians and Administrators 1970 - 2009

150-Vermont Governor Unilaterally Denies 'Single Payer' Health Care

151-Obamacare Counselor: "On the Surface, People Have Choices. But It's a Complete Farce"

152-This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

153-Would You Buy An Obamamobile From This Man?   by Howard Wait  “A majority, or 64%, of Americans don't have enough cash on hand to handle a $1,000 emergency expense.”

154-A Diagnosis: Five Years In – How’s the Affordable Care Act Doing?

155-The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid – An Update

156-How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work - Each state determines its own workers’ compensation benefits, which means workers in neighboring states can end up with dramatically different compensation for identical injuries.

157-Income Inequality Is Costing the U.S. on Social Issues

158-Vermont Activists Battle Democratic Governor for Single-Payer Health Care

159-Why pregnant women in Mississippi keep dying

160-44% of Covered California customers report difficulty paying premiums

161-America’s health care system is still broken: Why single-payer is the only thing that will ever fix it

162-Bill Moyers Essay: Everyone Should Be Entitled to Medicare

163-Cost Comparison: Fossil Fuel Subsidies vs. Health Care

164-For-profit hospitals mark up prices by more than 1,000 percent because there's nothing to stop them

165-Free market ideology doesn't work for health care

166-Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

167-Health Care Costs

168-Health Insurance Industry Eats Competition

169-Healthcare 'Oligopoly Wave' Continues As Anthem Gobbles Cigna - Human rights campaigners say mega consolidation will erode healthcare access and hike prices, illustrating deep problems with for-profit model

170-Healthcare Insurance Pigs Soaking Americans With Secret 20%-40% Rate Increases on Obamacare

171-Leaked: What’s in Obama’s trade deal - Is the White House going to bat for Big Pharma worldwide?

172-Robert Reich: Single payer healthcare is the only way - The former secretary of labor on the dangers of health insurance mergers in the wake of SCOTUS' Obamacare ruling

173-Subsidies Upheld, But Health Needs Still Unmet

174-The Post-Launch Problem: The Affordable Care Act’s Persistently High Administrative Costs

175-U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared To 10 Other Countries

176-Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: December 2015

177-‘I Am Drowning.’ The Voices of People With Medical Debt.

178-Even Insured Face Crushing Medical Debt

179-Harkin: We should have done single payer health reform

180-Critics say high deductibles make insurance ‘unaffordable’

181-Hillary Clinton Declares War on Single-Payer Health Care

182-Hillary Clinton: Single-payer health care will "never, ever" happen

183-How Corporations Killed Medicine

184-Income Inequality Is a Health Hazard – Even For The Rich

185-Healthcare Worldwide

186-Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies: Study

187-Medicare for all can be obtained

188-Obama Wasn't Forced To Take Single Payer Off the Table - He CHOSE to do so!

189-Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System

190-NYT Rounds Up ‘Left-Leaning Economists’ for a Unicorn Hunt

191-PBS Newshour Lies About Single-Payer Health Care

192-Single Payer System Cost?

193-The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt: New data outlines 'wide range of consequences and sacrifices' made by insured Americans who face burdensome medical bills

194-U.S. Health Care Ranked Worst in the Developed World - The U.S. ranks worst among 11 wealthy nations in terms of “efficiency, equity and outcomes" despite having the world's most expensive health care system

195-What the US — And Bernie Sanders — Can Learn From Canada's Single-Payer Health Care System

196-Utah man dies in police custody after being jailed for $2,400 unpaid medical bill

197-Affordability: The Most Urgent Health Reform Issue For Ordinary Americans

198-‘You want a description of hell?’ OxyContin’s 12-hour problem

199-‘We Need Fundamental Changes’: U.S. Doctors Call for Universal Healthcare

200-US Doctors Call for Universal Healthcare: "Abolish the Insurance Companies"

201-2000+ Doctors Declare: "It's Time for Single Payer to be Back on the Table" - 'We can continue down this harmful path or we can embrace the long-overdue remedy that we know will work: a publicly financed, nonprofit, single-payer system that covers everybody.'

202-Destroying Medicare to Save ObamaCare: Hillary Clinton’s “Public Option” Plan

203-Establishment Dems Fight to Defeat 'Medicare-for-All' in Colorado: Pro-Clinton Democrats join Big Pharma and state Republicans in fighting to defeat first-in-the-nation ballot measure for statewide single-payer plan

204-Florida kicks 9,000 chronically ill, disabled kids out of healthcare system

205-House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices - A fight over drug prices is entering a new phase.

206-No. Obamacare isn’t killing the insurance industry. As health carriers blame losses on Obamacare, their stocks gains continue to be 'yuge,' thanks to one great customer: Uncle Sam

207-NPR and Harvard Say: Obamacare Is a Complete Failure

208-Obama’s Health Care Boasts

209-Obamacare: The Neoliberal Model Comes Home to Roost in the United States—If We Let It

210-Obamacare isn’t enough: Physicians explain why America needs single-payer universal health care

211-Obamacare Tax Increases Hit Millions This Month

212-Pope Declares Healthcare ‘Universal Right,’ Not VIP Privilege

213-Sex Education and Healthcare

214-The Urban Institute’s Attack On Single Payer: Ridiculous Assumptions Yield Ridiculous Estimates

215-They’re sicker, plus ACA enrollees cost more in care, major insurer finds

216-Pharma CEO: We’re in Business of Shareholder Profit, Not Helping the Sick

217-Why American doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare - At a time doctors to the south are looking to Canada for answers, we are at risk of losing the health advantage we have

218-Sex Education and Abortion in the United States and elsewhere

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