A Grassroots Movement Builds for Single Payer Health Care
29 Jul 2004 15:56 GMT
A revitalized grassroots movement is building in support of a single payer health care system, with broad support among faith groups, anti-poverty organizations, greens and progressives. They hope that the big mainstream health care advocacy groups will rejoin the effort. A single payer national health insurance (NHI) program could simultaneously cover all of the uninsured, upgrade coverage for most other Americans and save money. Under NHI, everyone would be covered for care at any hospital, doctor’s office or clinic without copayments or deductibles. Patients would enjoy a free choice of provider, and doctors and nurses would be freed from the massive bureaucracy that encumbers care and wastes money. For-profit ownership of hospitals and other clinical facilities would be proscribed, and private health insurers and most HMOs would be eliminated—saving billions now squandered on profits and executives’ incomes, while upgrading quality. This conference and the Rally of the Uninsured will be held at the time of the Republican Convention in New York City, August 31st/September 1st. CUNY Graduate Center Auditorium, 365 5th Avenue.