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Dec. 13th, 2003

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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:December 14th, 2003 01:33 am (UTC)
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Would Kucinich's healthcare plan allow people to opt out?

Alice's mom would not benefit, and could certainly use the money. She just retired and set up her own insurance. She has a $10k premium, $10k sitting in the bank, and has not been to the doctor in decades. She has a lot of flexibility and the coverage that she needs. How would her situation be improved by Kucinich's plan?

(Not that I expect you to know the answers to any or all of these questions. But if you have clue tokens to disperse, I'd like some.)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 14th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
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Funding will come primarily from existing government healthcare spending (more than $1 trillion) and a phased-in tax on employers of 7.7% (almost $1 trillion). The employers' tax is less than the 8.5% of payroll now paid on average by companies that provide private insurance.


So basically Single Payer combines the money that employers already spend on private health insurance with the money that the government already spends on Medicare and Medicaid and then pools everyone together so that risk is spread out and the overall cost of insurance is reduced via the equivalent of "bulk purchasing" which allows the insurance to cover all Americans.

So with Single Payer, the nation as a whole will get more health care for less total money which will put more of our earned money into the economy for other purposes.

Alice's retired mom would pay nothing additional for this service because she is not employed.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:December 15th, 2003 03:41 pm (UTC)
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That certainly sounds like an improvement over the current system. (Perhaps not the best way, but that's another discussion. :-)
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