Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hopefully


In 2007, Congressman Dennis Kucinich was the only candidate for president advocating a non-profit single payer system.  Hopefully, some day voters will demand that their candidates for Congress and President provide specific proposals that provide for a non- profit, single payer, government-run system.

Some people accused Obama of selling out to the Republicans because he didn’t call for a single payer health care plan, but there wasn’t any evidence that Congress would pass such a bill.

Allegedly, the reason the cost of medical care has increased so dramatically compared to inflation is due to medical technology progressed by leaps and bounds.  However, other countries in the industrialized world have been able to provide national health care for all their citizens.  Our patchwork system of private insurance has resulted in more than 30 percent of every health care dollar being spent on administration costs.  Those costs included underwriting, marketing, billing, denying claims, profit and paper-pushing that is foisted on hospitals and physician offices.  By eliminating private insurance, a non- profit single-payer system would reduce administrative spending by over $400 billion annually.  Those savings would provide every American with comprehensive health insurance, without increasing total spending.

Nobody in Canada, Britain, France and the other foremost industrialized countries, has ever gone bankrupt because of medical bills.  Nobody ever loses their home.  No one is ever denied care because of a preexisting condition.

The only solution to our healthcare dilemma is a single payer national health care program.  It’s the only way, that Congress can provide universal, comprehensive, cost-effective health care for all Americans.  That hasn’t happened, because drug and insurance company lobbyists have spent billions of dollars to make sure America remains the only country in the industrialized world without an economical and efficient national health care program.



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