Is ‘Medicare for All’ really unrealistic?

There has been much in the news lately about the “single payer” health insurance reform idea, or so-called “Medicare for All,” and whether it is realistic or politically unfeasible. I have been a member of the Physicians for a National Health Program, the original proponents of this idea, for more than 20 years. I’ve also been practicing medicine since 1978 so I have some idea of how things work in medicine.

Here are the facts:

1. The single-payer system is the only health reform that will pay for itself. By replacing the thousands of private insurers — each with its own marketing, billing and corporate profits — estimates of savings range from $400 billion to $600 billion. This alone would cover the 30 million people who don’t have health insurance now.

2. Studies have shown that 95 percent of Americans would come out ahead financially. They would not have to pay as much in taxes for this program (it would be funded through a progressive tax) as they pay now for their health insurance.


– Tallahassee Democrat

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