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Single-Payer Health Care Needed


Monday, February 17, 2014

It is interesting to read the Sansum doctors’ opinions of the implementation of Obamacare (confusing, short-changing, and disruptive of service) and then get the opinion of an insurance agent (it’s great because he can sell many policies to people who couldn’t afford to buy insurance before). What a difference!

If only having health insurance meant getting all the care you needed at the doctor you wanted. Like Dr. Kozak and Mr. Perry, I am also glad that more people can sign up for some insurance and hopefully have at least a minimum standard for care. Unfortunately, even with Obamacare, you could still rack up enormous medical bills, not get all the care you need, not get to go to the doctor you want, and spend an inordinate amount of time shopping for insurance and dealing with medical bills Obamacare tries to expand coverage to more people while keeping profit-first insurance companies in the mix — a well-meaning but losing proposition for something like health care. And even in California, where we have done a better job rolling out the law than anyone else, we will still not cover 3.4 million when all is said and done.

A single-payer system like that proposed in HR 676 would allow patients to choose their own doctor. HR 676 would allow doctors to prescribe their own medicine instead of what the insurance companies will reimburse. HR 676 would enroll everyone automatically (no websites). And it would have saved $592 billion in 2014 alone over Obamacare. Sansum Clinic is not the only ones getting short-changed.

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