Single-payer health care is better than ObamaCare
I was in Canada this past June when I broke my wrist and had to go to the ER. They were fast and professional and the bill was much lower than what American ERs charge you just for walking in the door.
Under single-payer health care, you can see the savings on administrative costs with your own eyes. When you walk into physicians’ offices in Canada, they have a small administrative staff, often consisting of one person behind the counter.
They don’t need to employ extra people to fill out dozens of different forms for various insurers with multiple plans, all with different copays, deductibles and coverage. There are no copays or deductibles and everyone knows the rules for what is covered and how to bill the provincial insurance plan. They don’t need staff to spend hours fighting with insurers about which services or medications they will cover or how much they will pay.
Meanwhile, the U.S. pays more than twice as much per capita for health care ($10,348 in 2016) than Canada ($4,752), Australia ($4,708), or the UK ($4,192), but has lower life expectancy and higher infant and maternal mortality rates even compared to some less developed countries.
As someone who grew up in Canada and moved to the United States more than two decades ago, I have seen firsthand that American health care is expensive, unequal and inhumane — and that there is a better way that costs less, is more equitable and covers all pre-existing conditions. It’s time to solve this problem with single-payer health insurance, so that everyone gets care regardless of their ability to pay.
In this year’s midterm elections, health care was a top issue for American voters and nearly 60 percent favored Medicare-for-all. Now that the Democratic Party is poised to take over the House, it’s time to move forward. The most likely next speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said that all health-care options are “on the table,” and 123 Democratic representatives in the House are co-sponsors of Medicare for All legislation. Most Americans know that health care in the U.S. costs too much for too little, especially since the Trump administration and
Republican-controlled Congress have gutted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by cutting insurance subsidies and permitting plans that exclude pre-existing conditions or lack comprehensive coverage on the insurance exchanges.
Even though the ACA was an inferior solution compared to single-payer, the result is that a growing number of Americans once again lack adequate health insurance.