Open Forum: How Do We Get To Single-Payer?

Medicare is called 'single-payer' health insurance but many of those on Medicare have to purchase supplemental insurance in order to have all of their health needs covered.

Some have argued for expanding Medicaid to those making $250,000 or less (or something similar) in order to achieve the same thing. What are your ideas?

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Clifton5
Clifton5

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Passiflora
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Passiflora
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There is a simple answer. Cut out the Cartel between the Insurance Companies and the Pharmaceutical companies that are running costs to an unsustainable level for a whole strata of the American Public. That answer has been available to all the other Democratic countries in the world in varying forms. The British System is totally free to all. We pay through what is called 'National Insurance' that is deducted from our salary and is related to our earnings. Nobody; whether they have paid National Insurance or not; is refused treatment; ongoing treatment or otherwise. The French system is slightly more complicated; but again; nobody is refused treatment if they are unable to pay. Social charges are taken directly from salaries and a small payment (refundable on application) is paid to a doctor when going for treatment. 100% is covered in the event of such diseases as Cancer. Supplemental Insurance can be obtained by the wealthy; but the working poor are not refused treatment on any scale if they do not have this facility; this is taken up by a system of Government funded care packages.