This week’s 5-minute action
1. Join the North Carolina Medicare For All Coalition (www.ncm4a.com) for our Inaugural Digital Rally, Thursday, May 28th (https://bit.ly/ncm4a_rally) featuring Insurance Executive turned whistleblower, Wendell Potter.
2. Join the NCM4A’s Day of Action on Friday, May 29th, by calling your Representatives at 202-224-3121 to urge them to pass the Healthcare Emergency Guarantee Act, between Noon and 3npm, and then join us for a Tweetstorm from 3-4 pm.
The rally and day of action are in support of the Healthcare Emergency Guarantee Act (https://bit.ly/2zqknlc), a bill that would rise to meet public healthcare needs during the pandemic (until there is a widely available vaccine) by authorizing Medicare to:
- fully cover the costs of all medically-necessary healthcare for all uninsured patients, regardless of diagnosis.
- fully cover out-of-pocket health care expenses for all people with insurance, regardless of diagnosis.
You can sign on with your organization or as an individual.
Medicare for All: single-payer reform
Our health care system is wasteful; is this a government problem or a for profit health insurance problem?
- Waste: Our current health care system costs 3 trillion dollars a year. All 5 independent studies demonstrate that 34% of this expenditure
($812 billion) is wasteful, i.e., doesn’t fund care, funds administrative costs of care instead.
- Medicare and other publicly funded care uses 3% of this $812 billion for admin costs
- For profit funded care uses 15% of this $812 billion dollars for admin costs.
Which of our two differently financed healthcare systems gives us the most freedom of choice?
For profit financed health insurance:
- Restricts choice of provider network and works diligently to restrict utilization of care, even though Americans use one-quarter the number of hospital days and physician visits as the Japanese.
- Restricts flexibility in changing jobs or starting new business.
- Restricts the increases in wages and over all purchasing power due to employer needing to shift that money into increasing premiums.
- Exposes workers with employer based insurance to excessive risk of bankruptcy despite the illusion of coverage.
- Exposes participants to premiums, co-pays, out of pocket costs, supplement insurance costs.
Single payer reform, or Medicare for All provides:
- Reduction in overall cost to 95% of participants as the payroll tax to both employer and employee will be less than the accumulated costs of premiums, co-pays, out of pocket and supplemental insurance.
- Freedom for workers to change jobs without loss of health care.
- Freedom to start up a new business.
- Freedom from fear of bankruptcy should you or family member become ill.
- Security in all aspects of life from knowing that health care is affordable and available for all folks in the US.
“It is time to balance ‘social distancing,’ with efforts at ‘social instancing’ that exemplify how life is all about connection.
It is time that you and I join a pandemic of love.” Professor Jem Bendell
HealthCare For All WNC is an Asheville, N.C., group organizing for fundamental health care reform. We advocate a single-payer national health program – improved Medicare for All – that would provide universal coverage, comprehensive benefits, and zero cost sharing.
We are a local chapter of PNHP, Physicians for a National Health Program.