Single Payer

  • 11.20.17

    What's at Stake: Healthcare for All

  • 09.13.17

    "Pivotal Moment in American History": Michael Lighty on Medicare-for-All

    On September 13, 2017, Senator Bernard Sanders introduced S.1804 - a bill to establish a Medicare-for-all health insurance program, with 15 co-sponsors. Sanders Institute Fellow and Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United spoke with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! on the pivotal piece of legislation. Acc...

    On September 13, 2017, Senator Bernard Sanders introduced S.1804 - a bill to establish a Medicare-for-all health insurance program, with 15 co-sponsors. Sanders Institute Fellow and Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United spoke with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! on the pivotal piece of legislation. According to a June poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, some 53% of Americans support a national health care plan

    UPDATE: As of September 14, 2017, there are now 16 co-sponsors for S.1804.

  • 06.27.17

    In the News: Ben Jealous on Single Payer Health System

    In this interview with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, Sanders Institute Founding Fellow Ben Jealous discusses the importancee of protecting families from the AHCA and standing up for single-payer healthcare....

    In this interview with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, Sanders Institute Founding Fellow Ben Jealous discusses the importancee of protecting families from the AHCA and standing up for single-payer healthcare.

  • 12.01.14

    Healthcare Systems In The U.S. And Other Countries Explained

    Healthcare in the United States is comprised of a mixture of both private and public components listed below: 1) PRIVATE: About 60% of citizens get health insurance from their employer. 2) MEDICARE: 15% of Americans are covered by Medicare (and most of them are elderly people.) "Medicare is a national social ins...

    Healthcare in the United States is comprised of a mixture of both private and public components listed below:

    1) PRIVATE: About 60% of citizens get health insurance from their employer. 

    2) MEDICARE: 15% of Americans are covered by Medicare (and most of them are elderly people.) "Medicare is a national social insurance program run and administered by the federal government." It is the closest thing to a single payer system in the U.S. The video then explains the differences among the different types of Medicare (A, B, Medigap, etc.).

    3) MEDICAID: Medicaid is a state run program that is supposed to provide care for those at the low end of the social economic spectrum. There are minimum federal guidelines that are set for Medicaid and then each state gets to implement it as it sees fit." The video then explains the Medicaid expansion. 

    4) THE VA: Veterans Health Administration (socialized medicine) and Tricare (private).

    The video ends with the observation that, "Interestingly, while about two thirds of people get their insurance from private companies, only about one third of spending comes from the private sector. In other words, the Government has to cover about one third of people in the United States but has to pay about two thirds of the bill."

  • 04.09.14

    How Single Payer Healthcare Works

    This Vox video summarizes what people and especially politicians mean when they say "single payer healthcare." It acknowledges that single payer healthcare is a contentious issue - some think that it is the solution to the healthcare system's issues or "silver bullet" others think that it is government takeover. ...

    This Vox video summarizes what people and especially politicians mean when they say "single payer healthcare."

    It acknowledges that single payer healthcare is a contentious issue - some think that it is the solution to the healthcare system's issues or "silver bullet" others think that it is government takeover. 

    First, Vox describes the current healthcare system in the U.S. that they describe as multiple "tubes" or "thousands and thousands of payer healthcare and each of them pay different amounts for the exact same medical service." This leads to a lot of administrative work.

    In contrast, a single payer system is "just one tube of payments" where all the money comes from the government to the doctors.Vox comments that single payer healthcare is "actually pretty popular" in countries that have adopted single payer.

    However, Vox describes that there is a "catch" because the government "gets to decide what they will and will not pay for." In addition, if the government has not raised enough in taxes for the healthcare plan it could lead to more wait times.

    The video ends referencing Vermont's attempt at creating a single payer healthcare system and the possibility that if a state were to successfully implement a system like that, the country could follow suit.  

  • 07.14.09

    Senator Bernie Sanders On Public Healthcare

    In this video from 2009 Senator Bernie Sanders talks about universal health care. He begins his speech by looking at two "socialized medicine" systems currently provided by the United States government: the VA and Medicare. He describes their popularity with Americans and then compares that popularity with the po...

    In this video from 2009 Senator Bernie Sanders talks about universal health care. 

    He begins his speech by looking at two "socialized medicine" systems currently provided by the United States government: the VA and Medicare. He describes their popularity with Americans and then compares that popularity with the popularity of the private healthcare system. Specifically, he mentions that Medicare and the VA do not throw people off of insurance because of preexisting conditions.

    Senator Sanders argues that the function of the United States government's policy on healthcare should not be to support the insurance industry. Instead, it should be to help the American people by providing the "best quality healthcare in the most cost effective way" and Senator Sanders uses polling to demonstrate that the majority of the American public is in support of universal health insurance program.