SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE UNITED STATES Pennsylvania Progressive Summit Philadelphia, PA February 12, 2012 Jerry Policoff Healthcare for ALL PA Board member
STATES WITH ACTIVE SINGLE-PAYER MOVEMENTS AND/OR PENDING LEGISLATION• CALIFORNIA • MONTANA• COLORADO • NEW JERSEY• CONNECTICUT • NEW MEXICO• GEORGIA • NEW YORK• HAWAII • OHIO• ILLINOIS • OREGON• MAINE • PENNSYLVANIA• MARYLAND • VERMONT• MASSACHUSETTS • WASHINGTON• MINNESOTA • WISCONSIN
Both houses of the California Legislature havepassed single-payer legislation not once, buttwice, spurred on by an economic impact studythat projected annual savings of $3.7 to $7.6Billion. Governor Schwarzenegger twice vetoedthe bills, labeling them “socialized medicine.”Fast forward to January 2012. Single-payer failsby two votes in the California Senate thanks to 6Democrats and their special-interest campaigncontributors . . .
Will Dr. Deb Richter and Governor Peter Shumlin become the Tommy Douglas’s of the United States by establishing a single-payer healthcare system in Vermont?Deb Richter: A Cure for Broken HealthCareThe YES! Breakthrough 15: Meet the doctor who uprooted her life to bringuniversal health care to Vermont. HOW TO BREAK THROUGH: “I never felt like I had a choice about getting involved in this struggle … I couldn’t stop and I never will.” Dr. Deb Richter
State releases report on single-payerplanBy CHRIS GAROFOLO / Reformer Staff1/24/2012 03:00:00 AM ESTTuesday January 24, 2012BRATTLEBORO -- Officials in the processof overhauling Vermonts"unsustainable" health care systemreleased a 21-page report on how thestate will implement a single-payer planwithin the next three to five years….
Hawaii, thanks to an ERISA waiver, is the only statewith an employer mandate requiring employers toprovide employee healthcare benefits.Hawaii has the second lowest uninsured rate amongthe 50 states at 7.5% (U.S. Census Bureau)Now Hawaii is fast-tracking a single-payer system thatwill deliver healthcare for all.The Hawaii Health Authority is an autonomous publicbody tasked with developing a comprehensive healthplan that includes all individuals in Hawaii, and that isseeking the waivers “that are necessary to implementand maintain” universal health care.
6 of the 9 members of the Hawaii Health AuthorityBoard are active members of Health Care for AllHawaii, an organization dedicated to bringing single-payer healthcare to Hawaii.Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie was a co-sponsor ofHR 676 (House single-payer bill) when he was a memberof Congress.On September 1, 2011 Governor Abercrombe appointedStephen Kemble, MD to the Hawaii Health Authority.Kemble, a strong advocate for single-payerhealthcare, is also president-elect of the Hawaii chapterof the American Medical Association (HMA) whichadopted his resolution in 2009 supporting single-payerhealth care reform.
As Chair of the Senate Finance Committee,Montana Senator Max Baucus refused to givesingle-payer healthcare advocates a seat at thetable when he held hearings on healthcarereform:Max Baucus on single payer: "I’m not going towaste my time"
Senator Max Baucus was pointedly asked whysingle payer was not an option, and hisresponse was blunt: “I think at this time, in thiscountry, single payer is not going to get to firstbase in the Congress. . . . Like it or not, healthreform is going to build upon what we alreadyhave. “Not everyone in his state agrees . . .
Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Wednesday he will askthe U.S. government to let Montana set up itsown universal health care program, taking hisrhetorical fight over health care to anotherlevel. [...] The popular second-term Democratwould like to create a state-run system thatborrows from the program used inSaskatchewan. He said the Canadian provincecontrols cost by negotiating drug prices andlimiting non-emergency procedures such as MRIs.
The Affordable Care Act provides for States toestablish alternative systems to the Exchangesbeginning in 2017.Hawaii and Vermont are seeking to have thosewaiver dates moved up to 2014 which wouldleave them free to establish single-payersystems in their respective states.President Obama has endorsed moving up thewaiver dates to 2014 . . .
Mr. President, the time is now to use yourbully pulpit to persuade Congress to moveup the waiver dates.
SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCAREEVERYBODY IN. NOBODY OUT!!!