Thursday, May 8, 2008

Evangelicals for Single Payer Health Care

What is single-payer health care? And why aren't any of the candidates proposing single-payer health care?

I am paying $1,000/month ($12,000/year, or more than a full time minimum wage job) for health benefits for 2 people, me and my wife. $500 deductible for each of us, that's another $1,000. Then, coverage is 70%, so we have to pay 30% of everything. That's several more thousand dollars because my wife had an operation within the last year. Then, there's all the co-pays! Then, everytime we use it, we have to get on the phone and fight with them to cover things they are denying coverage for. People who actually have coverage, don't seek medical help and medicines because of all the deductibles/co-pays/%-not-covered. That's people who are "covered"...there's 50 million people who aren't covered by health insurance. I wonder if they want national health care? The way health care is set up now, it's a for-profit racket!

While there are differences between the health care plans offered by Democratic presidential opponents Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, neither of them is proposing a single-payer system of national health care. That's despite the endorsement of precisely such a plan last December by the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization. We speak with Dr. Rocky White, a passionate, if unusual, advocate for a single-payer health insurance program. He describes himself as an evangelical from a conservative background and is on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Health Care for All Colorado. He has revised and updated Dr. Robert LeBow's classic book advocating single-payer health care. It's called Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing Our Failing System.

Democratic presidential rivals, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, traded barbs over their health care proposals while campaigning in Pennsylvania this weekend. The rising cost of medical care has emerged as a key concern for voters, particularly as the economy continues to worsen. A new survey by the AFL-CIO found almost all of the respondents, most of whom were insured and employed, thought the current health care system is fundamentally broken and planned to vote for ways to change it in November.

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