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Despite some 30 years’ failed expectations that more cost-sharing by patients will contain costs of health care, why do we continue with this policy that increasingly makes health care inaccessible and unaffordable to a growing part of our population?

The “system” under the ACA is collapsing as many insurers exit markets that are not sufficiently profitable, as the costs of insurance and health care continue to escalate, and as the ranks of the underinsured grow. We have to recognize that multi-payer, profit-oriented health care financing is not sustainable for either patients, their families, or taxpayers.

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men. – John Adams, second president of the United States

2017 could well be the year for H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All bill in the House. Now is a moment calling for political courage and will.

We should ask why we still don’t have an ongoing, evidence-based mechanism to evaluate the comparative clinical and cost effectiveness of health services. The answer is that it has been opposed successfully to date by the economic and political power of the vested interests that profit from the status quo of our deregulated marketplace.

This situation is not sustainable. Our corporatized (health care) system is failing the public interest and continues on without any semblance of social responsibility.

This situation is not sustainable. Our corporatized (health care) system is failing the public interest and continues on without any semblance of social responsibility.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted a proposal by Hillary Clinton to bring back the public option as part of the Affordable Care Act, described as a move to the left toward Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal. Her further suggestion was to consider voluntary buy-in to Medicare for people 50 or […]

Neither the ACA nor GOP options will make health care more affordable or accessible. Single-payer NHI is the only alternative that will achieve universal coverage in an affordable and sustainable way. A strong case for it has been made elsewhere on economic, sociopolitical, and moral grounds.

This really is a perilous moment in the history of U. S. health care. The ACA is fundamentally flawed—a bailout to a failing private health insurance industry and other corporate stakeholders in the medical-industrial complex. Tweaks around the edges of the ACA will never bring us cost containment in a sustainable way. If Republicans gain more control of Congress, and even the presidency in 2017, health care for much of our population will get much worse in terms of access, affordability, and quality. Research over many years has shown that the majority of Americans want NHI.

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