Single Payer at the table... on Colbert Report tonight

Tonight's (Tuesday, July 21, at 11:30 pm EDT) Colbert Report will have Dr. Aaron Carroll talking about single-payer health reform.

Dr. Carroll is a board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 16,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

Dr. Carroll, who is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Children’s Health Services Research Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine, published a study last year showing 59 percent of U.S. physicians now support national health insurance, a jump of 10 percentage points from just five years earlier.

In an opinion piece, Dr. Carroll writes:

"There are now more uninsured people in the United States than at any time since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s...  These numbers represent extraordinary suffering, unnecessary disability and premature deaths — at least 18,000 deaths per year, according to the Institute of Medicine.

There is one sure-fire way to make these numbers come down. It worked for seniors in the 1960s and it still works for them today. You may hear politicians demonizing government-run health insurance, but you will hear none run on a platform of eradicating Medicare; nor will any turn it down for themselves when they turn 65. Call it whatever you want: National health insurance, Medicare-for-all, ‘single payer’ or socialized health insurance; it doesn’t matter. Research shows that Medicare-for-all could save enough on administrative waste (over $350 billion) to cover all the 47 million uninsured and improve coverage for everyone else. A single-payer national health insurance system is the only way to drop the number of people lacking health insurance to zero.

According to numerous independent analytic studies by government entitites such as the GAO and CBO and private ecnometric groups like Lewin and Mathematica, single-payer would really control and reduce total costs of health care in American and make it more affordable for all of us... unlike all other current proposals.  It is the dependence on the private for-profit insurance companies, and the secondary fall-out from that, that is what makes the the current American system exceptionally over-priced and under-performing.  And we know how to do better.


By the way, in addition to Dr. Carroll's and other studies showing support among physicians, it is also a fact that a majority of the American people also support tax-supported Medicar for All or Single Payer accroding to numerous polls, and those who say otherwise are simply not telling the truth:

According to an independent mainstream media poll by Associated Press and Yahoo in December 2007:

Question 14. Which comes closest to your view?

"The United States should continue the current health insurance system in which most people get their health insurance from private employers, but some people have no insurance."
    34% - Yes

"The United States should adopt a universal health insurance program in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers."
    65% - Yes

Question 15. Do you consider yourself a supporter of a single-payer health care system, that is a national health plan financed by taxpayers in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan, or not?
    54% - Yes
    44% - No
    2% - Refused / Not Answered

Full original report and results at this .pdf 

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