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New poll on single payer and a Medicare buy-in

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Poll of Likely 2016 Voters Progressive Change Institute, Conducted by GBA Strategies, January 9-15, 2015 SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE VIA MEDICARE “Enact a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare.” 51%  Support 36%  Oppose 12%  Neutral Percent supporting by party 79%  Democrat 23%  Republican 45% […]

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The April surprise for not being insured

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Tax Preparers Brace To Be Bearers Of Bad Health Law News By April Dembosky, KQED and Jeff Cohen, WNPR Kaiser Health News, January 21, 2015 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, and tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready for the first year […]

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Insurers slam patients with underwriting cycle

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In Colorado, Disparity in Health Plan Prices Underscores Ambitions, and Limits, of Affordable Care Act By Reed Abelson and Agustin Armendariz The New York Times, January 19, 2015 An analysis by The New York Times shows that the cost of one midlevel silver plan in Colorado rose 36 percent west of the Rocky Mountains this […]

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Second Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, March 25, 1966 “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-moore/martin-luther-king-health-car… **** Oxfam, Issue Brief, January 19, 2015 Global wealth is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy […]

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Why do we need to improve Medicare?

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Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution By David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., Karen Davis, Ph.D., and Stuart Guterman, M.A. The New England Journal of Medicine, January 14, 2015 Many Americans have never known a world without Medicare. For 50 years, it has been a reliable guarantor of the health and welfare of older and disabled […]

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The Rise in Health Care Coverage and Affordability Since Health Reform Took Effect By Sara R. Collins, Petra W. Rasmussen, Michelle M. Doty, and Sophie Beutel The Commonwealth Fund, January 15, 2015 Abstract  New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized insurance options and consumer […]

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CO-OP (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan) Health Plans under the Affordable Care Act PNHP, Quote of the Day, July 18, 2011 From the comment by Don McCanne: The proposed rule has now been released for the establishment of CO-OPs under the Affordable Care Act. The CO-OPs are private, nonprofit organizations that sell insurance, like HMOs […]

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High Health-Care Prices: More Talk Than Action By Drew Altman The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2015 People in the U.S. go to the doctor less frequently and have much shorter hospital stays than people in other countries that spend far less per capita on health care. But health services are consistently more expensive here […]

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Previous studies have demonstrated the waste of billing and insurance-related functions in health care in United States. This study refines and unifies the estimates of these costs and shows how much could be recovered if we were to switch to a simplified financing system such as Canada’s single payer system for providers, and U.S. Medicare for insurers. The $375 billion recovered would be enough to cover the uninsured and bring the coverage for the underinsured up to standard.

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The special weekend release of this commentary is designed for widespread distribution to help bring together members of the single payer community, not only within PNHP but also including all individuals and organizations that have been and will continue to be dedicated to the cause of health care justice for all.

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