Friday, July 31, 2009

Single payer in America not only cheaper, but with higher customer satisfaction, shorter wait times

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Huffington Post has a piece on America's government run health insurance program, a single payer plan that no conservative Congressman in his "right" mind would dare propose eliminating.

It notes that 70 percent of traditional Medicare enrollees say they 'always' get access to needed care (appointments with specialists or other necessary tests and treatment)... [versus] only 51 percent of those with private insurance.

Single payer "can't be done"? It's already being done, and better than the private insurance system. 3 percent administrative/overhead for Medicare compared to 30+ percent for private insurance. And despite (because of) all that extra bureaucracy, private insurance has much lower customer satisfaction. Why exactly are we clinging to this system again?

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