A: Improved #MedicareForAll describes a publicly funded #SinglePayer national health program that provides comprehensive coverage to all Americans.
Q. How would we pay for it?
A: We would combine existing sources of public funding (Medicare & Medicaid taxes, public employee coverage, tax deductions for employer-sponsored plans) with new progressive taxes that would replace our current premiums and deductibles.
It seems that #SinglePayer opponents are gaining traction with the argument that improved #MedicareForAll would require painful sacrifices from doctors. This is false. In fact, the opposite is true. Let's nip this in the bud, shall we?
For starters, PNHP represents over 20,000 American doctors. Our members are passionate about practicing medicine, but they are not interested in taking a substantial pay cut. Under a well-designed #SinglePayer program, they won't have to.
Think about how doctors are paid in our current system. Today, Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance pay mostly on a fee-for-service basis. Private insurance usually pays the most, Medicaid usually pays the least, and Medicare usually pays in the middle.
On top of the other threads I have going for supposed 2020 candidates, Joe Kennedy, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, and Deval Patrick so far, the DNC has announced that it will be holding the 2020 convention July 13th-16th. politi.co/2yhnw62 via @politico
If you follow this post back, you'll find my other threads about Joe Kennedy, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, and Deval Patrick so far, all leading to an article by the NYTimes that makes legalized bribery sound normal.
I can foresee a lot of bullshit being pulled by the Democrats in the future. Vanity Fair even states that their literal strategy is "don't rock the boat with too much progressivism". vanityfair.com/news/2018/06/o…
I'll be trying to avoid @UHC for the rest of my life, or until we get single payer. Here's a brief description of a terrible experience that really isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things.
I was on UHC, had no problems, then got a new job and extended it for one month with COBRA. Hurt my knee (I was on crutches for two months) and paid out of pocket to cover an MRI, bc doc's office didn't have my new card, couldn't run it. I paid knowing I was in-network.
They sent a claim denial to my doctor (not me, as they should have, since I filed the claim). They needed diagnosis codes. I went in person to the doc, got them, and called them in. They refused to accept them from me.