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KHN: Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care

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As people learned about single payer and seemed to think it was a good idea, opponents started dragging out the old discredited arguments against the concept. More recently, health reform advocates who claim to be single payer supporters “in an ideal world” have been pushing pablum – incremental measures that fall far short of reform goals.

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This Merritt Hawkins survey adds to the accumulated data that shows that a majority of physicians support a single payer system – 56 percent in this survey, with a 42 percent plurality strongly so.

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Wading through this technical 56 page paper, the following understated observation may be the most important: “our results point to substantial challenges in getting to universal coverage via partially subsidized insurance programs like the ACA’s exchanges.”

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Health care professionals who are health reform activists can certainly identify with the plight of radiation oncologist Fumiko Chino. Not only did she face the almost unbearable tragedy of her husband’s lethal cancer, she has been left with overwhelming medical debt in spite of insurance coverage.

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Medi-Cal violates civil rights

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Many proclaim that the greatest success of the Affordable Care Act was the 30 percent increase in Medicaid enrollment – now 74 million individuals. But Medicaid is a chronically underfunded welfare program, critically so in states like California.

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Imagine the satisfaction it must bring to health care professionals to practice in an environment wherein you know that you are providing health care access to less fortunate individuals who might otherwise go without care.

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What a bizarre policy this is. Anthem assigns to the patient the responsibility for deciding if a medical situation is an emergency. Anthem then assumes for itself the responsibility of deciding only after the care has been given whether or not it was an emergency after all.

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Perhaps the greatest fraud in health policy today is being perpetrated by the politicians – Republicans who say health care will be more affordable and accessible by taking away coverage, and Democrats who say that incremental additions to the Affordable Care Act are almost as good as enacting single payer – an improved Medicare for all.

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One of the great faults of the Affordable Care Act is that it was designed to make plans cheaper (lower premiums) by reducing the actuarial value of the plans (the percent of health care costs that the plans would cover) by requiring higher out-of-pocket costs, especially high deductibles.

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Wow! These are the people who are in charge. They control the medical industrial complex. Based on this rhetoric they no longer have to be concerned about medical loss ratio minimums of 80 or 85 percent since their administrative functions have fused into health care delivery.

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