There are two kinds of healthcare reform being promoted nationwide as the Obama Administration talks about providing healthcare for everybody in the United States.
One kind continues to support corporate medicine urging everybody who can to continue paying premium prices and purchasing health insurance policies so that healthcare continues to be provided by insurance companies and drugs continue to be controlled by for-profit companies too. This is BAD Healthcare Reform.
The other is a public healthcare system where we would all jointly support a national healthcare system such as Medicare, the fantastic system that (admittedly with many faults and needs for improvement) covers millions of us because we have paid into it in advance. This system costs a lot less money than insurance company policies, and provides for everybody whose age or disability makes them eligible.
If we created a policy making everybody of all ages eligible for Medicare and required everyone to pay into it, we would have a national healthcare system that would work for all of us. Some economists in Europe point to the plethora of young workers, many from other countries, in the United States who would be paying into this system for many years even though they would not need any extensive and costly healthcare for a long time.
It is called SINGLE-PAYER. It is similar in some respects to the many national healthcare systems in advanced nations worldwide. One difference is that all healthcare procedures would be provided by PRIVATE DOCTORS, not public facilities. The government would not control our healthcare (as in socialized medicine). 43 States are now cutting back on their healthcare and education programs as a result of the recession. They wouldn’t have to do that if they would join together in creating a single-payer system.
I never expected to be real real sick this last year, but I guess none of us do. However, it gave me the opportunity to experience how Medicare really works.
All of my chemo treatments and medicines were covered by Medicare as well as many other ancillary procedures. My cancer has receded and I am on the road to full recovery thanks to seamless healthcare coverage. I wish everybody had it!
Every one of us needs to tell Tom Daschle, the new Health and Human Services Secretary, and President-Elect Obama that, yes, we know it would cause them some problems to reject the multi-billion dollar proposals to keep healthcare in the corporate column making beaucoup bucks for private corporations. But we are waiting for the promise of universal coverage. A single-payer system that works all over the world in every advanced nation is waiting for us to adopt it and even to improve it.
Read all about single-payer, a bill in Congress called H.R. 676 and then find out what you can do to make it a reality.
With many good wishes for the New Year and thanks for your work and your financial support for Healthcare-NOW!
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.