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Confirmation of

What Every American Should Know
about Improved Medicare for All


This web page is to obtain confirmation from you that the information provided on this web page, below, is what every American should know.

Content of this web page:
         the topics that are covered at the
        “What Every American Should Know” web page

Reference: the full content of
         the What Every American Should Know web page.

Below is a list of the key statements of information without all of the details that are in the full page. It’s less than half the size of the full web page so that you can focus on what topics are covered without being diverted / distracted by the details.

As you wish, please refer to the full content. Note: that the full page is just one of the set of What Every American Should Know resources which are in the process of being released.

Please contact me with your feedback.

— Bob Haiducek (hi’ duh sek)     bob[at]medicareforall[dot]org
    Contact person for the Medicare for All teams and this website


REQUESTED STEPS FOR THIS REVIEW

 1. Write down a list of 10 or more things that you think all Americans should know. Or find a document(s) or web page(s) and select from it or them what you feel are the 10 highest or so high priority items that should be known.

 2. Review this web page.
—Determine if the web page includes all of the items on your list of 10 things.
—Identify if you feel there is anything on the list that is a low priority and should be removed.

 3. If you have not already done so, review the main web page at bottomline.

 4. Please evaluate anything that is not covered and put an
      A (critical)
      or B (important)
      or C (nice to have)
rating on each one of your remaining items and send the list to me, along with whatever feedback you have.





Improved Medicare for All.

Medicare is the current system that covers Americans 65 years and older plus some others, such as the disabled.

“Improved” means
     — better benefits
     — lower costs.

“for All” means from pre-natal till the end-of-life.


We need Improved Medicare for All, as seen by the information provided within this web page.


Having a health-care-for-all system is the best way to pay for health care. ALL other free-market countries have such a system.


Improved Medicare for All can be America’s unique health-care-for-all system.

As a result of cost reductions, …

We will
get more
pay less
and cover everyone


Our health-care-for-all system in the USA will be the “best of the best” due to our Improved Medicare for All, since:
— We will have low risk from our large population.
— We will have the efficiency of one plan (not like Canada’s many plans).
— We will have the efficiency of one public agency (not like France and Germany’s many non-profit “sickness” funds).


Americans living and working in other countries like the health-care-for-all systems, based on their families’ personal experiences with them. You can read many of their testimonials about how it is in other countries.

(link provided to the Americans’ experiences)


Canadians LOVE their health care: polls in Canada document an incredibly high 85-86%. Some report that it’s above 90%.

(link provided to Canada polling source and more about Canada)


By the way, if any of the concerns about Canadian health care were significant, then …
— Their polls would show a much lower level of support by Canadians.
— There would be much more media coverage in the United States about those concerns.


As per the experiences shared by Americans who live and work in other countries, patients do not receive hospital bills when their country has a health-care-for-all system.


We are the only country with out-of-control costs.

(chart provided)


Health costs will stay out-of-control,
until we implement Improved Medicare for All.


In the meantime, an incredible waste of tax dollars is occurring now related to health care for two reasons:

— We will continue to spend far too much for health care via the new law, which is projected to not only maintain our out-of-control spending but make it worse.
— We are not eliminating the unnecessary administrative costs of over $400 billion per year that we could cut by implementing Improved Medicare for All.


In the meantime, unnecessary hardships continue.

(link provided to real life stories of hardships)


The good news is that President Obama would readily sign the legislation for Improved Medicare for All. He is very familiar with what it is, having publicly supported it in 2003.


Comparison of USA to Six Countries

We compared the United States to six free-market countries, using data from recent reports (2008-2010).

— Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Italy, and Spain
— 244 years total using their health-care-for-all systems
— 375 million population (U.S. has 310 million)


We projected what the U.S. will have or do when we have our health-care-for-all system and improve our performance to be similar to the six countries.

See the statement prior to each of the charts, below.


We will greatly improve on our ability to minimize deaths under age 75 due to preventable diseases. The lower occurrence of the preventable diseases means lower costs and less pain and suffering.

(chart provided)

We will cut over $400 billion per year in health care costs by simplifying the system, eliminating unnecessary administration. That will be just the first cost-cutting benefit of Improved Medicare for All. The cost-cutting will increase the net income of many medical professionals, especially our family doctors, because their cost of operations will drop significantly.


We pay an incredible 2.5 times the cost per person (250%!) of other free-market countries. The elimination of unnecessary administrative costs will reduce the cost per person.

(chart provided)

The lower cost per person
will improve access, as seen in physician visits.

(chart provided)

We will slash the number of hardships. For example the number of medical-related bankruptcies will go from the estimated range of 226,000 to 875,960 to zero.

(chart provided)

We will save women’s lives.


We will improve our lifespan.


Summary

The elimination of unnecessary administrative costs will reduce the cost per person.

The lower cost per person will improve access, as seen in physician visits.

We will slash the number of hardships, such as the number of bankruptcies.

We will dramatically reduce pain, suffering and deaths due to preventable diseases.

We will save women’s lives.

We will improve our lifespan.


The Implementation


Since the U.S. has more physicians than two of the top performing countries, we should be able to smoothly manage the transition to having health care for all.

(chart provided)


We already have a comparable number of nurses for having health care for all.

(chart provided)


We have a similar number of beds as four of the six countries, so we should be able to manage the transition to having health care for everyone.

(chart provided)


Observations

  • We will immediately have progress on saving a hundred thousand lives each year and on the cost-cutting of over $400 billion each year that is currently spent on unnecessary administrative costs.
  • Current physicians and nurses and staff will spend less time on administrative topics and have more time to provide health care.
  • We will have more medical professionals.
    • We will have many medical professionals coming back to their practice for the initial years while new ones are added.
    • More students will be interested in the medical profession knowing that there is:
      • less administration and more time providing health care
      • lower operating costs for a physician practice (such as lower malpractice premiums)
      • more time to spend on caring for patients
  • Persons in the administrative clerical roles will be given generous training and unemployment support to transition to new jobs. Note: obviously, the amount of the initial cost reduction is so very large (the $400 billion) that solid support can be provided for unemployment and job transition needs.


Individuals and families will be relieved of many hardships related to health care costs.


Businesses and jobs will flourish compared to the negative impact of high health care costs in the U.S.


An increase in the Medicare payroll tax will be the only change that most Americans will notice. For a patient getting health care that tax will seem small. In fact, it will be small compared to the elimination of a long list of “out-of-pocket” costs that we will no longer pay.

(The list is provided.)


We’ll Have More Freedoms via More Choices

  • Health care choices (3 examples given)
  • Lifestyle choices (4 examples given)
  • Less stress and fear (3 examples given)

Let’s Get Improved Medicare for All

We don’t have it yet, because not enough Americans know the information on this web page to become interested and supportive of Improved Medicare for All.

We need to inform Americans, as indicated on the home page.


What Will Happen as a Result



We will get more:
    — more freedoms via more choices;
    — all medically-necessary care
         among the list of benefits;
    — better health via the improved access,
         seen via the set of charts above;
    — more businesses and jobs.

We will pay less:
    — pay a lower cost;
    — “pay” less by wiping out unnecessary
         hardships (not just financial);
    — eliminate government programs and
         replace them with far superior health care.

We will cover everyone: pre-natal to the end-of-life.

This could become non-political or much less political, as in other countries due to its very high value to our society.


We can and will get Improved Medicare for All.

Take Action Now

On 4/3/2007 during his campaign to become president, President Obama gave his strong suggestion for action and communicated his requirement from us.

He spoke at his own town hall meeting devoted to health care.

He gave a specific suggestion of sending a million letters from all 435 U.S. Congressional Districts. (Actually, his words were a thousand to two thousand letters from the districts, which add up to about a million.)

He also told a reporter immediately after the meeting that he must have a mandate from the people.

We have yet to satisfy his suggestion and fulfill his mandate.

To not only satisfy his mandate and make certain that we get Improved Medicare for All signed by him during his term in office (by sometime in 2012), we need to do the following:

Every American who reads this web page and decides to be a supporter needs to please inform others, as indicated in Steps 4 and 5 at the top of the home page.


Suggestion About Your Next Steps

We suggest that you:

Increase our collective knowledge by increasing yours.
   — Use the Answers to get your questions and concerns answered. If you do not find an answer to your particular question or concern, please contact me so that I can get our Answers Team to provide an answer.
   — Sign up to help get Improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care, if you agree that the U.S. needs it.

Increase our numbers of informed Americans by contacting others.
   — Do steps 4 and 5 as documented on the home page.

If you have feedback, please contact me.

— Bob Haiducek (hi’ duh sek)
    Contact person for the Medicare for All teams and this website

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Credits

Hundreds of Americans contributed (a total of) thousands of hours of their time between January 2007 and August of 2010 to develop the website, its content, and the associated Million Letters for Health Care campaign. It took a long time to build a solid foundation so that we can now move forward with current research (2008, 2009, 2010 reports), the most extensive set of answers to address questions and concerns, and a robust set of resources.

Thanks very much for all efforts to get health care for all.
— Bob Haiducek, the contact person for the Medicare for All teams and this website

Continuous Improvement Continues

If you notice that an improvement needed to our “deliverables” (website content and all resources), please submit them to me.

Delivery of standard resources to help get Improved Medicare for All by Augusts 2012

Starting in August 2010, our Medicare for All teams provide this package of “What Every American Should Know” … along with the website and resources … to individuals, families, groups and organizations.

More Sources plus Additional Information

  • What about the new law that President Obama signed into law in March 2010?
    • It maintains the complexity of using private insurers and having too many government programs.
    • It expands the complexity regarding both health insurance and government operations.
    • It is the opposite of the simplicity we need.
    • It will help some people at the expense of all Americans.
    • Much of it goes into effect in 2014, but some of it is effective in 2010, so we very much need to
      — inform Americans about What Every American Should Know and
      — invite them to sign up.
  • Legislation for Improved Medicare for All: H.R. 676


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