Our health care system is the most expensive in the world and fundamentally flawed. By maintaining a large role for the health insurance industry in the new health care “reform” law, Congress and the President have guaranteed that our healthcare dollars will continue to be wasted on industry profits, marketing, lobbying, and executive salaries, instead of being used to achieve the health security we all deserve as a human right. The insurance industry is in the business of making money, in part by denying coverage to the people most likely to need it, by avoiding payment of claims, and by raising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for patients.
A different solution is necessary: a universal, single-payer healthcare system.
It’s called “single-payer” healthcare because one payer (e.g, Medicare) makes all the payments to the private healthcare professionals and institutions that you, the patient, choose to use.
It’s “universal” because it covers everyone.