Single-payer is the way forward on health care

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Letter writer Elizabeth Stelle of the Commonwealth Foundation sees government involvement in health care as a disaster and regulations and mandates as the cause of rising health care costs in this country (“Medicaid Is High Cost for Low Quality,” Dec. 2).

Rather than dealing with inadequacies of Medicaid she seems to support Gov. Tom Corbett’s refusal to extend coverage to 542,000 Pennsylvanians.

She fails to note that private insurers, drug companies and providers, whose primary interest is profits, are mainly responsible for rising health care costs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs pays 40 percent less for drugs because of its buying power.

I share Ms. Stelle’s concern about poor quality and high costs. As an analyst, is she aware of a recent study of state Senate Bill 400 by Gerald Friedman? He found that Pennsylvania could provide comprehensive care to every Pennsylvanian and save $17 billion a year through a single-payer system provided in the bill. Vermont just passed a single-payer system.

There’s nothing new about the idea. Every other industrialized country in the world has some version of government health care. They also have much healthier citizens. The United States is far behind these countries in health outcomes. Here, 120 people a day die due to a lack of health care. Half of all bankruptcies are due to medical bills. While Obamacare does provide some real improvements, it falls short due to its complexity and failure to cover everyone.

Go to Then tell your state legislator to serve his or her constituents by co-sponsoring single-payer legislation.


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