1. Good, Constant Coverage: I want a plan with good, reasonable coverage that is always in effect — even when I’m in between jobs.
2. Insurance Standards: I want coverage without insurance company tricks and loopholes: no caps, no denial for preexisting conditions, no cancellation when needing an pricey treatment.
3. Quick Treatment: I want to be able see my doctor, or go to a walk-in clinic and get treatment, without waiting days for an appointment.
4. No Paperwork: I want to be able to show my health care card and get treatment — no interview, no forms.
5. Doctor’s Best Judgment: I want my doctor to act from one’s own best judgment, and not from the need to ring the cash register.
6. No Premiums: I want to pay for this out of our taxes. But if I have to pay a premium, it should be affordable, and I should be able to pay it into a public, non-profit plan.
7. Everyone In: I want these things for everyone in America. A healthier nation is a stronger and freer nation.
Which of these features do you want in a health care bill? Please check ALL the ones you want, then click “Vote”:
(2010-05-01: Poll closed.)
What do you want in a health care bill?
- 1. Good, Constant Coverage (15%, 99 Votes)
- 2. Insurance Standards (14%, 92 Votes)
- 3. Quick Treatment (14%, 91 Votes)
- 4. No Paperwork (13%, 85 Votes)
- 5. Doctor's Best Judgment (15%, 95 Votes)
- 6. No Premiums (14%, 90 Votes)
- 7. Everyone In (15%, 99 Votes)
Total Voters: 108
While Congress’s bills would address some of these features in some measure, I think that the best and least costly way to get them would be to improve and extend Medicare to all.36 While Congress has not moved on that, several states are now moving towards a single-payer system.37
33 ‘White House Health Care Summit, Part 2’ C-SPAN, 2010-02-25 – video Etch-A-Sketch routine at 134:40
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California keeps passing bills for state single-payer healthcare, but Ahhhnold won’t sign em, and Jerry Brown who wants to be governor doesn’t seem to want it badly enough to make a commitment on healthcare. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is encouraged that their current governor has said he probably will sign a single-payer healthcare bill, and the legislature just might pass one. But Minnesota has an angle neither of these other states can claim: a serious candidate for governor who is the state’s leading advocate for single-payer.