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.
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.
Rose Roby, a Florida activist, nicely summarized how poor Obamacare is and how little she cared if it was revoked.
"It GUARANTEED that millions of people would be left with no coverage. And it legally obligated the poorest Americans to pay a $600 fine every year they were too poor to buy the exchanges. It literally turns poverty in and of itself into an ILLEGAL act!
In states that took the Medicaid expansion, it left older people who struggle to find any work at all vulnerable to not being able to take part-time employment, which might at least provide a small relief to their poverty, because they would immediately lose their Medicaid if they did so. My best friend in NY has Medicaid and no ability to take part-time work because she's not well enough to lose her insurance.
It provided no protection against employers cutting hours to avoid covering employees. That your employer didn't do that is a very good thing indeed. There are MILLIONS of people who can't say the same.
The exchanges have been a total failure, with only 11% of those covered under Obamacare using them. They're too expensive and have crippling deductibles. Therefore, a vast majority of people who can't get the Medicaid expansion either because they live in a state that doesn't offer it (like Florida) or because they have "too much" money to qualify (see, having part-time work as an example of what counts as too much income) are left with nothing but a tax increase to the tune of $600 a year and risk of being imprisoned for tax evasion if they can't afford to pay it.
The insurance companies found their way around the "pre-existing conditions" rule by making it near impossible to find any doctors who actually take the plans. And more and more insurance companies are leaving the program, which means that the whole "competition" savings is nothing because many states have only one insurance company that participates in the ACA. Before long, they'll have none. There's NOTHING that was written into the law that prevented that from happening.
It got the vast majority of the Democratic Party to support a plan that came from the Republicans and was initially championed by Mitt Romney. Once it's dead and buried, perhaps there will be some call for Universal healthcare again.
So yeah, Obamacare deepened the crisis. You are free to oppose the repeal (which at this point, is all but a guarantee, given that Trump is President and the Republicans rule Congress). But you can call members of Congress and make your voice heard. There are plenty of people who feel the same way as you do. Obviously, I'm not one of them.
As I made clear, I won't lift a finger to save what I view as one of the most draconian federal laws I've ever seen passed in my lifetime."
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.
1- Fareed Zakaria, “The Post-American World Release 2.0,” (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2011), 225.
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
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
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.'
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
139-Songs for the 99Universal Single Payer Health Care For All Newsletter
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.
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
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
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.'
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
255-A Small Country with Big Ideas to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels (TED Talks)