Obamacare is helpful, but single-payer would be better

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The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has restricted insurance companies' ability to deny coverage due to limits and pre-existing conditions and will cover hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who do not have coverage now. It does many other worthwhile things that changed the way the health/insurance industry operates. But one of the most important and little known is that it gives states the right to request a waiver, beginning in 2017, to replace Obamacare with a system that can be proved to be more efficient and more cost-effective.

HealthCare4All Pa. is an organization whose purpose is to advance a single-payer plan. In a study commissioned by this organization, economist Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, demonstrates, in a well-researched work using significant data analysis, that a single-payer plan is a real option for states to fix a very broken system for administering health care and takes the Affordable Care Act to the next level.

Any individual, medical provider, small or large business, municipality or school board, not to mention the state, has to seriously consider a single-payer option because it immediately eliminates most if not all administrative costs, health care as part of any negotiations and unfair competition with foreign entities and removes all health care legacy costs for retirees in both the public or private sectors, at savings of $17 billion, or 22.6 percent less than what the 2012 Pennsylvania health care costs were.

I would challenge anyone who reads this to take a look at the healthcare4allpa.org website. You'll discover that not only is it possible, but more important, one would see the imperative that we must pursue a single-payer plan because it's the only option that is sustainable.

TOM TANGRETTI
Greensburg


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