2012-07-06 / Editorial/Opinion

With Constitutionality Vetted, Single-Payer Plan The Key

With the burning question of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act settled in a surprising Supreme Court decision a week ago, Congress has to once again take a look at the numbers to make sure the plan is doable. New York State has already developed a Health Exchange under the law that will allow for affordable health insurance for those who don’t already have the insurance through their employers. We think there is a better way, and that our discredited Congressman was right all along – a single payer plan such as Medicare is the key to providing affordable health care for all or our citizens. The mechanics are already in place for a non-profit provider such as the government to take over and carry the ball. It is becoming clear that the single-payer system is the most effective and fiscally-conservative means of financing health care. Opponents will complain that Medicare is clumsy and that it a government takeover of health care. Present HMOs, massive corporations that drain health care dollars with little return to their policy holders, will say that such a plan is socialism at its worst. They will say that, because under a singlepayer, they will lose the ability to fleece the public. Put in a non-profit, single-payer system, work hard to reduce the fraud that is now running rampant in the system and watch as the costs come down and the service improves. Congress should begin now to move in that direction, not listening to those who want to do away with the law and, at the same time, turn over health care to the same business interests that destroyed our housing market and our economy.

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