HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Retired » Retired Forums » 2016 Postmortem (Forum) » Democrats Unite, But What... » Reply #5

Response to ehrnst (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 12:23 PM

5. How did implementation of Medicare go? People have plenty of experience with Medicare,

if not with themselves, than via a parent or grandparent. When polled on Medicare, they are not being polled on an unknown.

The article says both positive and negative things about implementation. As with many things, whether implementation sounds like heaven or hell depends on who is asked. From the OP article:

“We’re so used to such a complicated system in the U.S. that we envisage any change would be incredibly complicated as well,” said Steffie Woolhandler, a physician and one of the founders of the single-payer advocacy organization Physicians for a National Health Program. “But what you’re doing with single-payer is actually simplifying the system.

For example, said Woolhandler, “the latest data is U.S. hospitals are spending 25 percent of their total budget on billing and administration, and hospitals in single-payer nations like Canada and Scotland are spending 12 percent.”

Also, you are assuming higher taxes. There is no reason that has to happen. It could be simply lower health insurance premiums than the private sector charges and providers being able to lower costs because they are not dealing (or fighting) with umpteen insurers.

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 31 replies Author Time Post
ehrnst Jul 2016 OP
merrily Jul 2016 #1
ehrnst Jul 2016 #4
LineLineLineReply How did implementation of Medicare go? People have plenty of experience with Medicare,
merrily Jul 2016 #5
ehrnst Jul 2016 #11
merrily Jul 2016 #12
ehrnst Jul 2016 #14
ehrnst Jul 2016 #17
merrily Jul 2016 #20
ehrnst Jul 2016 #23
merrily Jul 2016 #25
ehrnst Jul 2016 #26
creon Jul 2016 #2
Chan790 Jul 2016 #6
creon Jul 2016 #30
ehrnst Jul 2016 #9
creon Jul 2016 #29
NorthCarolina Jul 2016 #3
ehrnst Jul 2016 #7
merrily Jul 2016 #8
ehrnst Jul 2016 #10
merrily Jul 2016 #13
ehrnst Jul 2016 #15
merrily Jul 2016 #16
ehrnst Jul 2016 #19
merrily Jul 2016 #21
ehrnst Jul 2016 #24
Hortensis Jul 2016 #31
Orsino Jul 2016 #18
ehrnst Jul 2016 #22
Orsino Jul 2016 #27
applegrove Jul 2016 #28
Please login to view edit histories.