CA Single Payer SB 562
Medicare for All
H.R.1384 – Medicare for All Act of 2019
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Our current fragmented, dysfunctional, for-profit health care system is broken. Internationally we rank poorly in both process and outcomes; yet, we are by far the most expensive health care system in the world. Not only we do we not get a bang for our bucks; but for many of us from a moral perspective we are morally bankrupt, allowing far too many people to suffer and die unnecessarily.
The solution is a non-profit single-payer healthcare system, Medicare for All,
which has been proposed federally by Senator Bernie Sanders (2016), introduced in The House of Representatives as H.R. 676 (Wikipedia. National Health Care Act), and, for instance, in California as Senate Bill 562 (California Legislative Information, 2017; California OneCare, 2017; jpmassar, 2017; Morone, 2017; Pollin, 2017). The obstacles are enormous, basically going up against right-wing market ideology and legislatures bought and paid for by our for-profit health industry and their lobbyists. Whether federally or by state, the fact that obstacles exist does NOT change the fact that our current system is broken, that we are ALL at risk (e.g., Barlett, 2004; Brill, 2013). Read more pnhp.org/news/the-case-for-a-non-profit-single-payer-healthcare-system Commentary on Trumps Op Ed on Medicare for all 10.10.2018 SB 562 leg info.legislature.ca.gov Economic Analysis PERI Political Economy Research Institute 85 pages CA Single Payer SB 562 has died Speaker Rendon’s Press Release 6.23.2017 healthy California act.org Everything You Need To Know About California’s Long-Shot Single-Payer Proposal The Los Angeles Times answers questions about the plan that’s energizing liberals across the country. Meanwhile, suggestions on how to pay for the system are blasted as unrealistic.
Los Angeles Times: What Would California’s Proposed Single-Payer Healthcare System Mean For Me? The prospect of a universal single-payer healthcare system in California — in which the state covers all residents’ healthcare costs — has enthralled liberal activists, exasperated business interests and upended the political landscape in the state Capitol. But some are still trying to sort out what exactly all the fuss is about. (Mason, 6/1) The Associated Press: How Plan For California Gov’t Health Care Might Be Funded A pending state Senate bill would provide government-funded universal health care for California’s 39 million residents. The bill faces a Friday deadline for passage out of the Senate if it is to be considered by the state Assembly. Here’s how University of Massachusetts-Amherst researchers, in a study commissioned by the influential California Nurses Association, suggest the state pay for it. (5/31) The Associated Press: Study: New Taxes Could Fund Universal California Health Care A longshot California proposal to replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for all of the state’s residents could be paid for with a sales tax hike and a new tax on business revenue, according to a report released Wednesday. (Bollag and Cooper, 5/31) The Mercury News: Universal Health Plan Would Save Californians $37 Billion Annually, Study Says As the California Senate considers voting this week on a proposal to replace private health insurance with a statewide health plan that covers everyone, the bill’s main backers on Wednesday heralded a new study that says the plan could save Californians $37.5 billion annually in health care spending — even after adding the state’s nearly 3 million uninsured. (Murphy, 5/31) Los Angeles Times: Estimated Cost For Single-Payer Healthcare In California Reduced By Billions In Analysis Sponsored By Supporters A legislative analysis had estimated the cost of the proposed system to be $400 billion annually, but a study released by the nurses Wednesday estimates the yearly cost would be $331 billion as of 2017. (McGreevy, 5/31) KQED: Single Payer Economics: One Health Plan, Two New Taxes, Three Ways To Save The economists argue that a single payer plan, by eliminating private, for-profit insurers in California, and by pooling together public funds from Medicare and Medi-Cal, would create a stream-lined system with lots of bargaining power. (Feibel, 6/1) Los Angeles Times: Antonio Villaraigosa Questions Whether A State Single-Payer Healthcare System Is Affordable In California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said he supports universal healthcare but advocates for a state-sponsored single-payer system may be “creating false expectations” given the enormous costs involved. (Willon, 5/31)
Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has introduced a bill that would expand Medicare to “provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents.” Needless to say, the legislation — HR 676 * Text — has no chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress. Los Angeles Times 2.3.2017
Single-payer healthcare is a system in which the state, rather than private insurers, pays for all healthcare costs. Single-payer systems may contract for healthcare services from private organizations (as is the case in Canada) or may own and employ healthcare resources and personnel (as is the case in the United Kingdom).
The term “single-payer” thus describes the funding mechanism, referring to healthcare financed by a single public body from a single fund, not the type of delivery or for whom physicians work. The British system is technically not single payer, as it consists of a number of financially and legally autonomous trusts and private health insurance options are also allowed. Only Canada and Taiwan have true single-payer systems.
The actual funding of a “single payer” system comes from all or a portion of the covered population. Although the fund holder is usually the state, some forms of single-payer use a mixed public-private system.
Medicare in the United States is a single-payer healthcare system, but is restricted to only senior citizens over the age of 65, people under 65 who have specific disabilities, and anyone with End-Stage Renal Disease. Government is increasingly involved in U.S. health care spending, paying about 45% of the $2.2 trillion the nation spent on individuals’ medical care in 2004. However, studies have shown that the publicly administered share of health spending in the U.S. may be closer to 60% as of 2002. Learn More ===> Wiki Pedia