Demonstrators Rally For Single-Payer Healthcare

by Gabe Bullard on February 25, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

The group Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare held another rally in downtown Louisville Wednesday.

It was one of many demonstrations across the country in response to President Obama’s healthcare summit with lawmakers in Washington.

The demonstrators are opposed to most of the legislation on the table. They favor an expanded Medicare system that would provide single-payer healthcare to all citizens.

Kay Tillow helped organize the event. She says even if healthcare overhaul legislation is passed, her grou will still call for more changes.

“We will continue to push because there’s nothing that they are now considering that will solve the problem,” she says.

Opponents of the single-payer plan say it would be too expensive or inefficient. Tillow says high costs and inefficiencies are caused by for-profit insurers.

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nancy thompson February 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Too expensive for whom? Yes it is expensive; but a single payer plan has to become a part of our society. That is the only way everyone can get equal access to health care.

Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, quit wasting tax payer dollars and provide single payer plan.

Jeff W February 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Opponents have it wrong.

Those countries with single payer pay far less per capital than the US does and have everyone covered—the US spends roughly two-and-a-half times the OECD average of $2984 and yet almost 45,000 deaths occur in the US attributable to lack of health insurance and 62% of all bankruptcies in the US occur due to medical expenses (and almost three-quarters of those people filing had health insurance).

If the US spent two-thirds per capita under a single payer system of what it spends currently , it could have one of the most lavish health care systems in the world, covering everyone, at lower cost.

lambert strether February 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Single payer would save the country $400 billion A YEAR by eliminating health insurance company profits, CEO salaries and bonuses, and adminsitrative overhead.

So, Nancy, sorry to disappoint you, but there’s no real connection between single payer and Iraq and Afghanistan — single payer is so efficient that we could still finance a good chunk of the military with the savings, if that’s what we wanted to do.

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