07 April 2007

State single-payer news

California State Sen. Sheila Kuehl's single-payer measure, SB 840, is supported by the California Nurses Association, California Federation of Teachers, SEIU, California Association of Retired Americans, League of Women Voters, Friends Committee on Legislation and many more labor, community and faith-based organizations.

At BeyondChron Peter Lauterborn writes in favor of S.B.840, the California single-payer plan. He calls out John R. Graham, director of Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, who has been busy penning anti-single-payer editorials for papers around the country.
Graham sounds like he doesn’t even see the need to cover the uninsured. “Eighty percent of the uninsured report good, very good, or excellent health,” he proudly boasts....

He writes that the fiscal burden of supporting these individuals is “caused by uninsured patients who apparently have nothing better to do than sit around emergency rooms consuming treatment for which the rest of us pay.”

Illinois State Senator David Koehler told Chicago Public Radio that adopting the Illinois' governor's proposal to "significantly increase affordable health insurance" is a last ditch effort. "Let's face it folks. This is kind of the last hurrah in terms of a public and private partnership for healthcare. If we don't do it at this point in time, then the next step is for us to look at a national single-payer system." And that would be a bad thing?

Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell stopped by a public health forum to tout his multi-payer plan for the state.
Rendell defended his multipayer plan, even while conceding a single-payer model might be better. He listed Pennsylvania's powerful health-insurance lobbies and lack of support on the national level for universal health care as hurdles preventing him from proposing a single-payer plan....

That plan would guarantee 85 percent of every dollar invested in health care would be spent on treatment, not administrative costs. His plan also allows the state's insurance commissioner to set rates, as the commissioner does for car insurance.

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