Monday, August 24, 2009

Medicare-for-all, part II

Thom Hartmann blogged, quite clearly!, about Medicare-for-All recently, here. A highlight:

Just pass a simple bill – it could probably be just a few lines, like when Medicare was expanded to include disabled people – that says that any American citizen can buy into the program at a rate to be set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which reflects the actual cost for us to buy into it. So it’s revenue neutral!

It could be made revenue-neutral, simply by making it available to any citizen who wants to purchase it! Now, that's very similar to what I was saying earlier this week...
to be able to purchase Government sponsored, single-payer, basic health coverage would lighten our financial burden significantly... so much so, that we might even consider purchasing additional coverage from some Insurance Company, since we would not have to spend so much for basic coverage!!!

Want to let your representatives know what you think - Here's a link to find our how to contact your State Representatives and here is the link to find out how to contact your State's Senators via email.

Please let them know what you are thinking!!

Today, even Max Baucus (whose hero-stars were slipping significantly in my estimation due to his insistence on bi-partisan efforts from the Senate Finance Committee regarding health care) has come out saying that he personally supports a public option for insurance coverage, even as the committee he heads is poised to produce health care legislation that lacks a government-administered plan.
(click to go to the original news story)


Knit Witch said...

Good grief woman! SURELY you don't think that health care is a RIGHT for all citizens, do you??? I thought health care was something for the rich to get richer on and for a large number of people to not have access to. Did I miss a memo??

OMG - don't get me started on this. I am so friggin over the "big business" of health care.....

sopranospinner said...

I'm with you all the way!