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Healthcare: It's time for a single-payer system.

Will Fisher pledges to fight for single-payer, universal healthcare, because it is time we stop playing games with Americans' health.

To be clear, Will is not calling for a "single-provider" model, in which the government owns the health care facilities and provides the care. Rather, he is calling for the type of system that will remove the innefficiencies resulting from our current multi-payer model. It is time that every American has the healthcare where and when they need it, and doing so through a single-payer system will ensure this is accomplished efficiently.

A single-payer system is one in which a single entity (usually an administrative arm of the government) pays for all medical costs of the covered population. A universal system is one which provides coverage to all citizens. As such, Will supports adopting a single-payer, universal system, utilizing many of the structures and efficiencies already developed under the Medicare framework.

Having a single-payer, universal system provides many benefits, a few of which are:

  • Employers can focus on what they do best: competing, providing excellent goods and services, and employing Americans. No longer will employers be responsible for providing a social safety net (the traditional role of government).
  • Veterans receive the care they need, from the providers they choose to use. No longer are veterans required to use the VA.
  • Fairness and equality in healthcare.
  • Not just "access to coverage." Healthcare when you need it from the provider you choose to use.
  • Providers must temper their rates.
  • Pharmaceutical companies lose their stranglehold on Americans' wallets.

But how would a single-payer, universal healthcare system be paid for?

Americans currently pay for healthcare through insurance premiums (often taken out of their paychecks), in addition to co-pays, co-insurance, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, etc. Under a single-payer system, these inefficiencies go away. Through modest taxes, which are based on a tax-payer's ability to pay, 95% of households would save money. No more worrying about fulfilling your deductible or paying a premium. The economic obstacles to healthcare will vanish.