Sheriff gets gobsmacked by medical bill (6/18/14 EO page 1A County pays $168k inmate medical bill).
Published in the Easst Oregonian “Your Views” 6-20-14
by Frank Erickson, M.D.. HCAO Pendleton
Another case of gobsmacking when a bill arrives for medical care. Gee, I wonder if there was another way to finance health care which would reduce the gobsmacking? Some way to evenly distribute the costs and cover everyone without bankrupting individuals or breaking local budgets with deficits made up by tax payers. I've heard of this somewhere. Oh, I know - it was single payer - that method that kept getting kept off the table in Congressional hearings like Senator Baucus's in 2009 - - it never got considered before PPACA--Obamacare--got passed.
It is universal coverage; privately delivered, publicly financed. Any patient gets to see any doctor. It covers all basic care - medical, dental, vision, mental. No co-pays, no deductibles, no barriers to care. It simplifies payments so that even government can administer it. It takes the profit motive out of health care. It is the method used by almost all the other developed countries in the world to provide universal health care for all their people and results in better medical outcomes so that they are all living longer than Americans. It also decouples health care premiums from employment so people can switch jobs or start new companies without worrying about their coverage. Business owners can plan their budgets without concern over health insurance premiums rising without limits. It also reduces labor/management disputes, reduces the number of malpractice insurance lawsuits, increases productivity and the general happiness index.
Gee, how do we get this Everybody In, Nobody Out type of health care financing in our state? Go to hcao.org to find out. How do we get it for the whole country? Go to pnhp.org. Elect smart progressive people to Congress. Health Care is a Common Good - like firefighting and police and schools. The Sheriff of Umatilla County might just agree, based on his recent experience with a single incident of health care financing. Join the movement - stop living in fear of medical bankruptcy. Live longer and prosper in Oregon when the Health Care for All Oregon Act comes again to the next legislative session or gets presented as a ballot measure in 2017. Come to Salem February 11, 2015 for a legislative rally on the capitol steps run by Health Care for All Oregon.
Remember, Everybody In, Nobody Out works!