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  •  Single Payer is already here! (7+ / 0-)

    Andiamo,
    I assume that you are aware that we already have two long-standing successful Single Payer programs in the US-Medicare for those 65 and older and the VA. The VA is actually a socialized SP system where the govt. owns the hospitals. Medicare is only a public insurance plan that pays the private providers.
    If you are working you have 1.5% taken out of each paycheck for FICA-M=Medicare so when you reach 65 you will have some coverage for hospitalizations. You then purchase Part B for doctors and tests BUT you don't have to worry about being denied due to  pre-existing conditions.They go out the window-or NO 65 year old would qualify for health insurance under the current system in America!!
    All Single Payer does is adds 3.3% to all employers and employees FICA-M deduction to pay for health care. The claims processing, which is done by private companies like Blue Cross-Blue Shield, will most likely continue as they are good at this part of their industry.
    No Canadian would trade their system for ours.

    •  Yes, of course (0+ / 0-)

      although people are very sick now.. and getting very crappy care even the insured..

      the best approach would be to combine all the healthcare systems into one high quality, not for profit system.

      the military medicine is extremely valuable as an area to try out new technologies especially in emergency medicine.. we wouldn't want to change any of that. But the systems all could be merged and we could then put that half of every healthcare dollar we pour down the drain of billing, insurance cos and brokers into healthcare and making it better.

      They are trying to prop healthcare costs up, NOT lower them.

      by Andiamo on Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 04:51:19 PM PST

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