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1 Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:37 pm

gypsy


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I like this politician, he makes good sense. wish we could clone more like him LOL


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If you're tired of the GOP and Tea Party destroying the country, come join us and let's take our country back! We are Progressives/Liberals that expose the stupidity and hypocrisy coming from the GOP/Right-Wing. Together we CAN take this country back.

2 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:10 pm

SSC


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Not bad for an Independent.



A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare
Obamacare's reforms are a welcome but small step. To give all Americans healthcare as a right, we need a fair, efficient solution



Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
theguardian.com, Monday 30 September 2013 07.30 EDT

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/30/single-payer-cure-healthcare-reform

The US spends a higher proportion of GDP on healthcare than any other industrialised country – yet 50 million Americans are uninsured, as Obamacare begins.

I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible.

Tragically, the United States is failing in both areas.

It is unconscionable that in one of the most advanced nations in the world, there are nearly 50 million people who lack health insurance and millions more who have burdensome co-payments and deductibles. In fact, some 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not get to a doctor when they should. In terms of life expectancy, infant mortality and other health outcomes, the United States lags behind almost every other advanced country.

Despite this unimpressive record, the US spends almost twice as much per person on healthcare as any other nation. As a result of an incredibly wasteful, bureaucratic, profit-making and complicated system, the US spends 17% of its gross domestic product – approximately $2.7tn annually– on healthcare. While insurance companies, drug companies, private hospitals and medical equipment suppliers make huge profits, Americans spend more and get less for their healthcare dollars.

What should the US be doing to improve this abysmal situation?

President Obama's Affordable Care Act is a start. It prevents insurance companies from denying patients coverage for pre-existing conditions, allows people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' insurance, sets minimum standards for what insurance must cover and helps lower-income Americans afford health insurance. When the marketplace exchanges open for enrollment on Tuesday, many Americans will find the premiums will be lower than the ones they're paying now. Others will find the coverage is much more comprehensive than their current plans.

Most importantly, another 20 million Americans will receive health insurance. This is a modest step forward. But if we are serious about providing quality care for all, much more needs to be done.

The only long-term solution to America's healthcare crisis is a single-payer national healthcare program.

The good news is that, in fact, a large-scale single-payer system already exists in the United States and its enrollees love it. It is called Medicare. Open to all Americans over 65 years of age, the program has been a resounding success since its introduction 48 years ago. Medicare should be expanded to cover all Americans.

Such a single-payer system would address one of the major deficiencies in the current system: the huge amount of money wasted on billing and administration. Hospitals and independent medical practices routinely employ more billing specialists than doctors – and that's not the end of it. Patients and their families spend an enormous amount of time and effort arguing with insurance companies and bill collectors over what is covered and what they owe. Drug companies and hospitals spend billions advertising their products and services.

Creating a simple system with one payer, covering all Americans, would result in an enormous reduction in administrative expenses. We would be spending our money on healthcare and disease prevention, not on paper-pushing and debt collection.

Further, a single-payer system will expand employment opportunities and lift a financial weight off of businesses encumbered by employee health expenses. Many Americans remain at their current jobs because of the decent health insurance provided by their employer. Without the worry of losing benefits, those Americans will be free to explore other, more productive opportunities as they desire. For business owners, lifting the burden of employee healthcare expenditures will free them to invest in growing their businesses.

Congressman Jim McDermott and I have introduced the American Health Security Act. Our bill will provide every American with healthcare coverage and services through a state-administered, single-payer program, including dental and mental health coverage and low-cost prescription drugs. It would require the government to develop national policies and guidelines, as well as minimum national criteria, while giving each state the flexibility to adapt the program as needed. It would also completely overhaul the health coverage system, creating a single federal payer of state-administered health plans.

The American people understand that our current healthcare system is not working. But the time is long overdue for them to understand that there is something fundamentally wrong when the US remains the only country in the industrialized world that does not guarantee healthcare to all its people.

Healthcare is a right and we must ensure provision of that right for Americans. A single-payer system will be good for the average American, good for businesses, good for workers and good for our overall economy.

3 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:12 pm

SSC


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gypsy wrote:I like this politician, he makes good sense. wish we could clone more like him LOL


Politician
If you're tired of the GOP and Tea Party destroying the country, come join us and let's take our country back! We are Progressives/Liberals that expose the stupidity and hypocrisy coming from the GOP/Right-Wing. Together we CAN take this country back.

At least he has more sense than a Democrat..lmao

4 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:42 pm

gypsy


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he agrees with the democrats that is why I like him a .... LOL also good article you put, AFCA is a good start, as I said and it can be improved, I believe it was the republicans who didn't want the single payer installed..

5 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:18 pm

SSC


Admin
I posted on here a couple days ago a single coverage insurance is the only way it will ever work, one equal for everyone, you chose to ignore it.

6 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:16 pm

gypsy


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no I didn't ignore it I just may not have commented on it. in the beginning the single payer act was in the AFC I believe the republicans didn't want it...Nancy Pelosi sure wanted it and so did Harry Reid.

7 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:16 pm

SSC


Admin
oh bull shit, keep it real Gyp, back up your statement with facts !!!

8 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:18 pm

gypsy


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well SSC maybe you should back your posts with facts also.I think the AFC is the first Step to Single payer. everyone on Medicare is a good idea. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Single-payer health care is a system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs.[1] Single-payer systems may contract for healthcare services from private organizations (as is the case in Canada) or may own and employ healthcare resources and personnel (as is the case in the United Kingdom). The term "single-payer" thus only describes the funding mechanism—referring to health care financed by a single public body from a single fund—and does not specify the type of delivery, or for whom doctors work. The actual funding of a "single payer" system comes from all or a portion of the covered population. Although the fund holder is usually the state, some forms of single-payer use a mixed public-private system.

9 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:26 pm

SSC


Admin
Wiki is not a reliable source, it is strictly peoples opinions oh by the way the owner was killed in a climbing accident she was 37. I do not believe Obama ever had intentions of making single payer insurance, there was to much money from pharmaceuticals being filtered into election coffers. But I'm sure if you dig long enough you will find a reliable source to back your statement, until then happy hunting, I'm going to watch the weather.

10 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:28 pm

gypsy


Moderator
that is your opinion SSC I don't see any facts.

11 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:30 pm

SSC


Admin
Bring yours on and stop trying to flip it around...not working for ya

12 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:35 pm

gypsy


Moderator
why shouldn't I flip it.? I see no facts to back up your posts
Single payer is the term used to describe a new American health care system. Instead of having many different insurance companies, and everyone having different benefits, everyone in this country would be covered by the same National Health Program. This program would be a "single-payer" -it would pay all the doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. for the health care that we receive. Instead of paying private companies for our insurance plans, we would contribute to the National Health Insurance. In return, this program will cover all medically necessary services, including primary care, in-patient care, outpatient care, emergency care, prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, long term care, mental health services, dentistry, eye care, chiropractic, and substance abuse treatment. Patients would have their choice of physicians, providers, hospitals, clinics, and practices.

This would be a publicly-funded, privately-administered plan.

We have learned the hard way that private insurance companies do not work. They try to make a profit by denying patients medical care. They are also wasteful, spending too much money on administrative costs. A public health plan will insure everyone fairly and we still get to choose our own doctors: Medicare for all

13 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:42 pm

SSC


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ONCE AGAIN I said this days ago this is the only plan that would ever work, what they have now is not feasible in the long run, young people aren't signing up, old people will die off and they lose the money generated by them, only solution is a straight across the board medical coverage for EVERYONE , no upper, middle, lower class differences same coverage for every citizen period.

14 Re: Bernie Sanders on Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:46 pm

gypsy


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young people are signing up ssc /

15 Re: Bernie Sanders on Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:03 pm

gypsy


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America loves this man even Republicans are getting on the Bernie Sanders Wagon. I love him too.


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