Posts Tagged ‘Universal Health Care’
What a great New Year’s Message:
100 Economists call for single-payer, universal health care NOW!
Dear California OneCare Supporters,
Increase the eligibility age for Medicare to 67? Is Congress completely crazy?
We should be reducing the Medicare eligibility age, not increasing it. Healthcare costs when you reach 65 are greater than at any other time of your life. The notion that it’s good fiscal policy to wait a couple of years until the cost of treatment for many people will become more expensive due to delayed diagnoses and treatment is wrongheaded and cynical.
In fact, a small incremental increase in the payroll tax (currently just 1.49%) could cover everyone, young and old. That’s the direction Congress should take, and it’s exactly what we are fighting for in California.
At California OneCare, we’re educating and advocating for a single, public, not-for-profit health-insurance plan that will cover all Californians and be a model for the nation. Our programs educate and empower people on a personal, grassroots level because we believe that person-to-person contact is the only way to achieve lasting change with this complex issue. Check out our media page for more information.
Your support is appreciated by us and, yes, by economists:
Last week, more than 100 economists emphatically endorsed a national single-payer, Medicare-for-All system in the U.S. that covers all ages as the most humane and fiscally-responsible way to run a health care system: http://econ4.org/statement-on-healthcare
Your continued support and your donation at this time will enable California OneCare to expand outreach, organizing and advocacy in 2013.
Please mail a tax-deductible contribution today to California OneCare Education Fund, P.O. Box 5116, Novato, CA 94948. Or go to http://californiaonecare.org/donate/ today and make a contribution.
With your help, we will win!
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Yours in health care justice,
Executive Director, California OneCare Campaign
Here’s a blast from the past. This 16-minute video from the early 1990s by Off Center Video features physicians, economists and ordinary Canadians explaining Canada’s universal healthcare system. The presentation is introduced by the late Minnesota Senator, Paul Wellstone. Imagine if every household in America could see this. Share with your family and friends!
Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington, will soon introduce legislation that would allow states to use federal funds to create their own single payer plans. From The Los Angeles Times:
If passed into law — admittedly a long shot with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives — McDermott’s State-Based Universal Healthcare Act would represent a game changer for medical coverage in the United States.
It would, for the first time, create a system under which a Medicare-for-all program could be rolled out on a state-by-state basis. In California’s case, it would make coverage available to the roughly 7 million people now lacking health insurance.
McDermott’s bill would be a boon for those of us who support SB 810, the California bill that would establish a state Medicare-for-all system. For one, the legislation would address the cost issue of establishing single payer in California by allowing state tax revenues to be combined with money for Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries. However, the bill is contingent on the Affordable Care Act, and the accompanying state opt-out waiver, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court challenge.
If Republicans were truly interested in states’ rights, they would support this bill. What is wrong with the states experimenting with alternatives to the ACA? What is wrong with trying to prove that single payer can work? Isn’t innovation an American virtue?
To show your support for Rep. McDermott’s State-Based Universal Healthcare Act, go to his web site here.