Advocates for a single payer healthcare system gathered in Louisville Thursday for what’s become an annual rally.
This is the second year the group has gathered outside of the Humana building. Protestor Dr. Ewell (Yule) Scott with Physicians for a National Health Plan says he favors a government-provided insurance program because it would cut down on the paperwork he and his patients have to file.
“If we went to a single payer plan, the efficiencies would be so great; it makes so much more sense to do it that way,” he says.
Jim Turner with Humana says the company is in favor of health care reform, but not a single payer system. He says the first thing that should be changed about health care is the cost.
“If we don’t get costs down, if we don’t get the health care inflation rate more in line with the overall inflation rate, it’s going to be really tough for any health care reform to be effective and work over the long-term,” he says.
Congress is expected to begin debating health care reform this summer.