Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ellen Brown — “Ryancare” Dead on Arrival: Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?

The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. . . . We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing. — Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)
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“Ryancare” Dead on Arrival: Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?
Ellen Brown

10 comments:

Noah Way said...

Trump would terminate both the GOP and the DEMs is he extended Medicare to all. Nice idea, never going to happen.

BO killed the single payer option to "protect jobs" in the insurance industry. Meanwhile medical / pharma / insurance spend around $7.5 billion just on lobbying.

Matt Franko said...

Single payer (ie 'bend over') would run against his grain...

He would rather give people the conditional USD balances via the credit and create a multi $B guarantee behind the millions of current uncovered...

How does this person recommend single payer when the payer thinks they are "out of money!" that would be another disaster like the ACA is turning into...

ACA would work as configured if they would just increase the transfer payment subsidies... which they wont as they think they are "out of money!"...

Michael Norman said...

We will N-E-V-E-R get single payer. There is a virulent neoliberal ideology that pervades both sides and that means we are headed for full privatization and I don't give a shit. I have the best private insurance money can buy. Before I never would have even expressed it in such a way, but since the electorate is so f*cking dumb and they keep electing these Austerian morons, then my attitude is f*ck them. Die in the streets, bitches. I am going to be fine. Furthermore, I hope STrumpf cuts spending to the bone and crashes the whole, f*cking economy. I am praying for that. I want to buy lots of cheap assets. Amerika, baby!!!


Bernie's too stupid to make anything happen.

Ryan Harris said...

What Mike said.

With the only caveat is the ordinary Joe on the street shouldn't have to know how to finance health care and design a government program s/he is the one who will pay the price for the idiocy of policy. Those of us in the upper and upper middle class can always take care of ourselves. The technocratic experts we hire should be competent enough to deliver care to everyone, no matter which ideology they adhere to. Any system, all governance systems should be able to deliver basic human needs for the system to be credible and viable. Fledgling African nations received better healthcare than poor working age americans who don't have employer plans before Obamacare. Obamacare is what made enduring the years of violent neoliberal democratic rule even tolerable. To go backward.. ugh. Ayn Rand was a Russian, "Literally" as democrats would say.

lastgreek said...

OK, I don't want to rub it in, but ...

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Tom Hickey said...

Single payer (ie 'bend over') would run against his grain...

See the Ellen Brown link I posted earlier.

Trump is on the record for single-payer.

Matt Franko said...

Well he is trying to create an advance refundable tax credit to "pay" for it...

But imo he probably would not agree to the current form of 'single payer' where the providers just send in any claim they want and expect the govt to just bend over and pay it...

He is looking for a monthly fixed fee commitment from the providers...

Unknown said...

Also Trump close friend calling for a upgraded Medicaid for all

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President Donald Trump should be applauded for courageously tackling the "disaster” — as he calls Obamacare — in his first major legislative effort.

The House Republican healthcare plan has come under fierce criticism from almost every quarter, with some justification.

Now, our new president could inherit the bad political baggage of both Obamacare and the House Republicans.

Unfortunately, such a scenario is unfolding before our very eyes.

Remember that Obama and Trump agreed on the key, positive premise that every American should have access to medical care.

But both Obamacare and the new GOP plan (let's call it Ryan Plan II), have a serious flaw: an onerous demand that almost every American should buy health insurance from the private market.

This demand, done mainly to please the insurance industry, has made the cure of simply expanding the less expensive Medicaid program a nonstarter.

As a conservative, I have a real problem with the so-called "private health market.”
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Here is a game plan for Trump to regain the initiative:

1. Ditch the Freedom Caucus and the handful of Senate Republicans who want a complete repeal of Obamacare. They don't agree with universal coverage and will never be placated.

2. Find a few parts of Ryan Care II that can win passage in the House and Senate with either GOP support or bipartisan support. Declare victory.

3. Rekindle the bipartisanship in Congress that Obama destroyed. Empanel a bipartisan committee to report back by year's end with a feasible plan to fix Obamacare.

4. Reject the phony private health insurance market as the panacea. Look to an upgraded Medicaid system to become the country's blanket insurer for the uninsured.

5. Tie Medicaid funding to states with the requirement each pass legislation to allow for a truly nationwide healthcare market.

6. Get Democrats to agree to modest tort reform to help lower medical costs.

7. While bolstering Medicare and improving Medicaid, get Republicans and Democrats to back the long-term fix of health savings accounts. This allows individuals to fund their own healthcare and even profit from it.

Tom Hickey said...

Great idea, but the GOP was not open to bipartisanship under Obama and less so under Trump now that they are in control. The base would never ever forgive cooperating with Democrats to get anything done. Political non-starter on the right and a recipe to get primaried.

Unknown said...

Tom,
Chris Ruddy is a longtime confidante of Trump. And with the calls for Ryan to resign, this appears to be going some place.