“Let’s end agony, adopt single-payer system” agrees with 60% who say our government should be responsible for health care coverage for all. Single payer is not managed by private insurance corporations: it is a publicly-financed, publicly-administered program with power to negotiate savings on prescription drugs − a system that allows any doctor of your choice − no co-pays, deductibles, or denial on pre-existing conditions. Coverage is for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs. Taxpayers will not pay more. Studies by the General Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office show that a single-payer system would provide universal coverage at a much lower cost, per capita, than what we are spending now.
Private insurance spends up to 30 percent of our premium dollars on advertising, lobbying, and denying claims. That $400 billion in savings would be enough to cover everyone comprehensively.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.