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What Americans Should Know
about Improved Medicare for All

Health care cost-efficiency will get us incredible results.
We need improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care

Single-Payer Health Care:

Critical for the physical and financial well-being
of Americans and America.

The MORE SOLIDLY we know the information below,
 the SOONER we will have
improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care.


Table of Contents

Introduction

The Problem

The Need

Frequently Asked Questions 

Testimonials

Who Needs to Take Action and What Can Be Done
... and done efficiently with a Terms of Agreement

A People's Campaign Activity

 

 


Introduction

After three important questions, below, are a set of four sentences that the opposition to single-payer does NOT want you to read and certainly not remember!

Should we have health-care-for-all?

Health care for all. That sounds good, doesn't it? Everybody in. Nobody out. It's probably MUCH better than you think, unless you've lived in another free-market country for years.

(My family and I did that for 4.5 years. I felt an incredible peace of mind, a sense of calmness. Health care for all was a very important contributor to that peace of mind. There was an ability and a confidence about making life-changing decisions without having to worry about the topic of health care. Bob Haiducek, who initiated this website and its campaign with the teamwork contributions of Americans across the United States.)

Should the citizens of the United States, via their elected Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, establish health-care-for-all?

Answer: Yes!... based on positive results across many countries that have heallth-care-for-all. See the link to the comparisons of the United States to six of the top performing countries, provided at this web page.

What kind of health-care-for-all should we implement?

Answer: Improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care.

Single-payer is what we need, based on common sense:
— maximum positive results from ...
— maximum efficiency of the proposal of ...
— uniquely American version of health-care-for-all.

Why don't we already have it?

If establishing improved Medicare for All makes such common sense, then why don't we have it?

Answer: We need knowledge and numbers.

Knowledge. We need millions of Americans to be informed by knowing Waht Americans Should Know ... what is on this web page.

Most Americans are in one of these categories:

— never heard of it
— don't know the incredible results of efficiency
— confused about it or afraid of it due to the power of the opposition's corporate money power

In all three cases Americans need to become informed.

The opposition's media campaigns have literally controlled the collective mind of Americans in opposition, not support, demonstrated many times.

Numbers. EXTREMELY expensive media campaigns ... hundreds of millions for one campaign ... paid largely by corporations that receive OUR health insurance premiums and OUR tax dollars ... have literally controlled our collective mind. That control has been demonstrated via multiple state-wide ballot proposals and on-line social media polls. It's a very heavy thought that there are multiple documented indications that Americans are usually at 80% against health-care-for-all when we are under the influence of fear instilled in us from the fiction of the well-designed media propaganda ... instead of us being under the influence of solid knowledge and reality.

We need to actively inform each other about "What Americans Should Know" ... and do it as often as we can until we get impmroved Medicare for All.

Four facts the opposition does NOT want you to read or remember.

The United States is the only high-income free-market country which has the following combination regarding health care:

We never implemented a health-care-for-all system.

We have uniquely out-of-control health care spending compared to other free-market countries.

Since improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care will establish the highest degree of cost-efficiency regarding health care globally, we will have the best health-care-for-all system.

(THOSE FOUR SENTENCES are worth repeating! Out loud! The opposition HATES for Americans to know and fully comprehend that information! You will fully comprehend it by reviewing this web page.)

 

 

 

The Problem

We spend so very much, and

we have gotten such negative results.

Our High Cost

We, as individuals, and our country overall are uniquely alone with out-of-control health care spending.

Our country, the United States of America, is the only free-market country with out-of-control health care costs.
Spending among 30 Countries
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National Health Spending as
a % of G.D.P.
( more )
(similar graph Canada vs. U.S.A.)
Our problem started in the 1980's. Our health care costs increased dramatically, starting shortly after two things occurred:
— The U.S. started an increased focus on the use of private health insurance companies via a concept called “managed care” and the establishment of health maintenance organizations (HMO’s).
— Almost all of the other free-market countries (26 countries) completed their implementations of their health-care-for-all systems in order to have the cost efficiency necessary to cover all of their citizens.

Our Negative Results

Lack of access to health care.
The inability of many of us to go to the doctor due to the high cost of health care.

Visits to physicians
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Visits to Physicians
per 1,000 capita

That lack of access to health care is caused primarily by the high cost of health care. Other factors are not the scope of this Medicare for All website.

The high cost of health care is caused primarily by our inefficiency, as highlighted in the "Need" section, below.

Example(s) of what's wrong with not going to the doctor due to concerns about the cost.
Paul Hannon died at age 45: ruptured appendix; August 3, 2006.
Kyle Willis died at age 24: complications from a tooth infection; September 3, 2011.
The impacts of increased cost and the resulting lack of access are getting worse and worse.
Even with the billions of our tax payer dollars that have supported employer-based health insurance for decades, employers can no longer afford to provide health insurance benefits. Americans have been and are losing the benefit of health insurance from their employers. That is very costly, either because the employee must purchase health insurance themselves or must go without health insurance.
Even when and where health insurance is provided, the employers are forced to put more and more of the cost burden onto the employees. Why? Companies either literally cannot afford it or because the cost is cutting too much into company profits that their stockholders expect to occur.

Steady decline in employer-sponsored health insurance.

Employer-sponsored health
insurance is on the decline,
especially for lower income levels

Health care costs are a major and growing negative impact on the federal deficit.

In other words: Help the Federal Deficit! Implement improved Medicare for All!

 

 

The Need

Get the incredible results of efficiency!

About Health-Care-for-All

What is it? Health-care-for-all within a country means that there is a system that provides for every citizen to have access to high quality health care at a low cost. The focus on everyone having access to health care automatically establishes a focus on efficiency, which results in the low cost.

Who has it? Almost all other high-income free-market countries have some version of health-care-for-all.

When did they get it? Those countries implemented their health-care-for-all systems between 1883 and 1975.

In contrast, during that time period of roughly 100 years the U.S. Congress failed many times to implement health-care-for-all when there were opportunities and justification to do so. 

Note: Due to decades of not having the U.S. Congress take action, it is now time for individual Americans to educate themselves, inform others, and spend 10-15 minutes per month to communicate to Washington, D.C. What you are reading is only part of the "education" component of this activity. Another part of becoming informed is getting answers to all of your questions and concerns. We provide the answers for you, as part of our free services.

Six countries with 250 total years of experience

For purposes showing you comparisons of the United States performance to other countries, we selected the top six free-market country performers for minimizing deaths due to preventable diseases from a study of nineteen countries. That is called "amenable mortality". Those are France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy and Canada.

As of 2011 those countries had a
total of 250 years of experience with health-care-for-all:
     France-66, Japan-50, Australia-37,
     Spain-25,   Italy-33,   Canada-39.

Among the 19 countries the United Statesl
fell from 15th to 19th position between the
2003 report and the 2008 report.

Drop in U.S. performance related to preventable diseases.
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Deaths due to preventable causes
(including preventable diseases)
( more )

 

About the BEST health-care-for-all.

Our improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care will be the best health-care-for-all. Why? The best efficiency!

How will we accomplish enough health care efficiency in order to be the best?

Excellent efficiency comes from having
... one health insurance plan
... one public agency payer
... the corresponding elimination of unnecessary administrative functions among our three types of bureaucracy.
... the use of our ability to be the most powerful negotiator of drug and equipment prices due to the size of our country.
If you want more details, go to the "Best" web page.

 

The Incredible Results

Efficiency provides incredible results, such as these examples that are related to getting more, paying less and covering everyone.

 

Get more.

All medically-necessary care.

Better health outcomes.

— improvement of our relatively poor life expectancy compared to other countries

Life Expectancy
Life expectancy.
(click for larger image)


More information and charts are
available about life expectancy and
our poor performance globally.


— improvement of our performance regarding preventable diseases

U.S. compared to 6 other countries regarding amenable mortality
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Amenable Mortality
Deaths per 100,000 population
under age 75 due to
preventable causes
( more )

 

— improvement of our maternal mortality: the number of deaths among women during pregnancy, childbirth or in the 42 days after delivery. [Save Our Mothers!]

 

Maternal Mortality
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Maternal Mortality
per 100,000 live births
( source )

More businesses. More jobs. Much lower health care costs means more business opportunities and more job opportunities.
— Inefficiency (high cost) is a key reason we've lost businesses and jobs.
— Efficiency (low cost) will be a key reason we'll recover and add businesses and jobs.
Peace of mind.  Make health care decisions and life choices without unnecessary financial, physical and emotional stress.

Pay less.

A 60% cut in cost per person, as documented in the following chart. But also, we've done the average among all the other high-income free-market countries, compred that average to the United States, and get about the same result as indicated by the chart.

Relative Cost of Health Care
Relative Cost of Health Care.
    (click for larger image)

( source )

Higher profits and higher net incomes result from not having the burden of what has been the United States' uniquely out-of-control health care spending in the world, as explained at "The Problem", above.

Fewer hardships.

No major medical bills to patients.

The natural result of no major medical bills is that patients can all keep their homes, along with not needing to declare bankruptcy.

Bankruptcies Due to Medical Bills
Unnecessary Bankruptcies
(click for larger image)

( more )
Essentially zero bankruptcies
in the other six countries,
relative to the U.S.

Less spending for all levels of government.

Cover everyone.

Everybody in. Nobody out. <--- the most incredible result.

 

Reminder:  Remember that this all about the money: achieving cost-efficiency.

Excellent efficiency will come primarily by having one health care (insurance) plan and one public agency payer and the associated elimination of unnecessary administrative functions among three types of bureaucracy) ... as we covered above.

 



Frequently Asked Question    FAQ's

 Impact of Improved Medicare for All on Us

What medical care will we get with improved Medicare for All?

All medically-necessary care. Examples: primary care; inpatient; outpatient; emergency; prescription drugs; equipment; midwives; long term care; palliative; podiatric; mental health; dentistry; hearing, vision; chiropractic; substance abuse treatment as per H.R. 676.

How will we get access to health care?

We will show our card and get care.

How will the costs of health care change and what will be the results?

Based on the cost per person of other free-market countries and based on our system being the best, we will cut costs by 60%. We will eliminate unnecessary administrative functions; negotiate drug and equipment costs. Results: no premiums, co-pays, deductibles, or major medical bills. Lower government and business spending on health care. Health care with dignity: no fund-raisers or applications to charities.
How will improved Medicare for All be funded?
Employee Medicare tax; employer Medicare tax; increase in personal
income tax for top 5% of income earners; existing government funding
sources; and small taxes on stock/bond transactions and unearned income.
In return we will have no major medical bills and the resulting hardships.

 Is it “socialized medicine”?

No. We’ll have privately-delivered health care that is publicly-paid. Family
doctors with private practices will be promptly paid by the public agency.

 How will this impact jobs? mforall.org/p/morejobs

Positively. Lower labor costs will result from lower health care costs.

 What about the jobs eliminated when the new system is implemented?

Millions of new jobs will be created. Funding will be provided to retrain
workers. Job transition benefits will apply to “clerical, administrative, and
billing personnel in insurance companies, doctors offices, hospitals, nursing
facilities, and other facilities whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced
administration”, as per the proposed legislation H.R. 676.

 What about the impact on our family physicians?

More time for patients. Higher job satisfaction. Higher net income: lower costs for liability insurance and billing and not dealing with multiple payers.

Impact of Improved Medicare for All on Our Country

Is U.S. health care the best in the world?

For those who can pay for it, our health care is the best. But when compared to other free-market countries the U.S. performance is bad. Consider our 2010 study of France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy and Canada: they pay less than half in health care spending per person, see physicians more than twice as often, cover everyone and have better overall health outcomes.

Why is the USA 19th out of 19 countries the ability to
minimize deaths under age 75 due to preventable diseases?

Extremely high costs are a barrier. People hesitate to go to the doctor due to cost. The root cause is our complex system of hundreds of government programs, over 1300 health insurance companies; and thousands of related activities. mforall.org/p/791

What about the Affordable Care Act of 2010?

The law is helping some people. However, it does not simplify our system.The result will be higher costs, higher taxes, government intrusions, and tens of millions uninsured or underinsured. We can do better with improved Medicare for All. mforall.org/p/march2010law

Won’t innovation be hurt?

No. It will be alive and well, just as in other free-market countries.

— 1910: laparoscopic surgery: Sweden
— 1968: Gamma Knife radiosurgery: Sweden
— 1972: CT scan: England
— 1981: laproscopic appendectomy: Germany
— 1999: juvenile diabetes treatment by transplanting pancreatic cells: Canada.

I don’t want a government-takeover of health care.

Your family doctor will be able to maintain their private practice. Many government programs will no longer be needed in the simpler system. http://mforall.org/p/721


People should take care of their health. 

Yes, but everyone needs health care at some point, whether a person is responsible or not for their accident or disease.

 

Concerns

If it is so great, why don’t we already have improved Medicare for All?

There has been and is strong opposition by a small number of special
interests. We must inform ourselves and get support from our elected U.S.
officials by telling them in massive numbers that we want it.


What is the best action to take?

Our “voice” will be more powerful than the opposition. The practical and
powerful action is to send our letters in the U.S. Mail to our members of
Congress. Our unity and persistence will prevail!


How can we help get improved Medicare for All?

We can do these actions: be informed, doing a careful read of ; know where to get answers to
questions and concerns, tell others, and be united in our communications to
Congress.


The U.S. is too large to have health care for all.

The larger the population, the less the financial risk for any one person or
family and the greater the leverage to negotiate for reasonable prices on
drugs, medical equipment and health care. We will no longer subsidize
other countries’ low prices for medicines, as we do now.


We must address tort reform first.

The best way to reduce malpractice premiums is to have Medicare for All.
There is no reason to sue for a lifetime of health care, because everyone will
have health care. Malpractice lawsuits will only be for the injury, not for the
cost of health care for the remainder of the patient’s life.


I’m afraid of such a big, risky change.

This significant change provides improved physical, mental, and financial
well-being plus peace of mind about the cost of health care.

We provide a free helpful e-mail once per month
with what to do each month and help for how to do it.

Sign Up to Stand Up for Single-Payer
mforall.org/p/200


The Start-Up and More

Is there proposed Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. Congress?

Yes: U.S. House bill H.R. 676 proposes one plan and one payer.
[Bernie Sanders Senate bill S. 915 proposes at least 51 payers.]

Will our health care be like that of Canada or France or Germany?

No. It will be better: better simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness.
One plan. One public agency. mforall.org/p/Best


Don’t Canadians flock to the U.S. to get good health care?

No. Research shows that few Canadians seek medical care in the U.S.
Americans who live and work in Canada and other countries have written
positive testimonials about the health-care-for-all systems of those countries.


Aren’t there serious problems with Canada’s health care?

Canada is recovering fine from a period of under-funding. Their health care
has an incredibly high 86% approval rating by Canadians. They want
refinements and problem-solving related to their health care to be made via
public, not private, solutions. mforall.org/p/Canada


Will there be enough doctors and nurses?

Yes. Currently many doctors and nurses are employed in non-health-care job
positions or who have retired or will retire early due to frustrations in dealing
with the current complex system. More young people will go into the health
care profession due to a better work environment.


Don’t patients flock to the U.S. for health care?

No. The trend is that three times more Americans will be leaving the USA for
care than will be coming. We’ll help our economy, jobs and health by keeping
patients here.

 

More Answers

I have more questions and concerns.

We provide so many answers to questions and concerns that it may take some extra seconds for your computer to load the web page! mforall.org/p/Answers 

Learn from our entire set of Answers.
Please now go to the answers web page where you can get answers to your questions and concerns or read all of the Answers to help maximize your knowledge about improved Medicare for All.
Again ... the answers page might take a while to load (display), especially on a slower computer.

 


TESTIMONIALS

from AMERICANS ABROAD

 

Americans who live and work in other free-market countries
provided their testimonials about health-care-for-all.

These are a few excerpts from many Testimonials.

Canada 7/21/2009 by two Canadian-American families with great health care — Americans

Two separate medical condition and health care  experiences are shared in one video. The two families refer to themselves as exiles from the United States, unable to return to the United States. They each share that they do not see medical bills. They get care for the rare diseases that a member of each family has. They would like to live in the U.S. but can’t.

France 3/4/2009 by an American wife of a French doctor — American from homestate of CT

“ ... health care in France – never been better, and certainly never, ever been less expensive! (As far as single-payer is concerned) ... there is simply no other solution worth considering for the US, and given our tremendous energy and potential for excellence, no reason in the world that (Americans) can’t do it better than anyone else in the world!”

France, then Africa, then Japan  4/9/2009 — American from homestate of KY

In the past 5 years “I have mostly lived in Japan” ... “excellent treatment and follow-up. I am always amazed at the price that I pay when I leave ... so low!” “Ever since my first experience ... in France I have dreamed of a day when the US (would) put such a priority on keeping all its citizens healthy.”

France 3/4/2009 by an American wife of a French doctor — American from homestate of CT

“ ... health care in France – never been better, and certainly never, ever been less expensive! (As far as single-payer is concerned) ... there is simply no other solution worth considering for the US, and given our tremendous energy and potential for excellence, no reason in the world that (Americans) can’t do it better than anyone else in the world!”

France, then Africa, then Japan  4/9/2009 — American from homestate of KY

In the past 5 years “I have mostly lived in Japan” ... “excellent treatment and follow-up. I am always amazed at the price that I pay when I leave ... so low!” “Ever since my first experience ... in France I have dreamed of a day when the US (would) put such a priority on keeping all its citizens healthy.”

Germany   6/18/2008  American — American from homestate of CA

“... almost a dozen eye surgeries (for his mother_ ... later became dependent on a nursing staff to come to her apartment ... later had ovarian cancer, was in hospital for three weeks; we did not have to pay any bills for her hospital stay.” He then writes about extensive care that he received over the years and is now back to working full-time and enjoying an active lifestyle.

Japan   4/14/2009 — American from homestate of MN

On 4/9/2009 9 year old daughter was injured; went initially to the emergency room, then to a local clinic the next day and then to the clinic again two days later ... all free.

Spain   3/7/2009 —American

Young American woman was student, worked part time. University arranged for her to get needed medical care. She was monitored for six months and then released. Her bill was zero; she had to pay no more than two Euros for drugs.

Go here for the complete testimonials and more of them.

 

Additional Testimonials.. The above stories are simply excerpts.
Learn more here from fellow Americans ... 

You are invited to read the testimonials of Americans who live and work in other free-market countries around the world.

 

Who Needs to Take Action

and What Can Be Done

 

Individual Americans need to take action.

The U.S. Congress has failed us many times.

Neither of the major political parties ... Democrats nor Republicans ... have been including single-payer in their party's platform.

It's up to us. The people. This is a people's campaign.

Members of the U.S. Congress are influenced primarily by two things:

Concern about getting enough money to win their next election.

Concern about getting enough votes to win their next election.

The former is important. The latter is critical.

We must build up the knowledge and the numbers to be a group of millions of informed citizens who have more power than the opposition's media and lobbyists.

What individuals and organizations can do.

Individuals and organizations across the country can use the resources of this website, which are set up to accomplish the knowledge and the numbers.

A MOST IMPORTANT NOTE
... about this website, the campaign, and the resources

Message from Bob Haiducek, on behalf of the dozens of Americans across the nation who have provided support for so very long:

We developed this website and set up its education and communications campaign as a set of resources for your use to help get improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care.

We will maintain it and continue to improve it with the understanding that you will follow the Terms of Agreement.

Terms of Agreement in the Use of the Resources, which are copyrighted.

The reason that the website and everything associated with it is copyrighted is for the purposes of efficiency. This is a grassroots campaign that must have consistency and uniformity.

Why? Doing a movement or activity within a movement EFFICIENTLY in ONE way is DRAMATICALLY less costly than doing it in 10 different ways ... or 100's of different ways.

... is MUCH more costly in terms of time and money.

We do not have millions of dollars available.

We don't have to have millions of dollars. We can simply work SMARTLY with EFFICIENCY.

It is in your hands as individuals and organizations to use it "AS IS" so that you can make suggestions to us on anything that needs to be improved in any way so that EVERY INDIVIDUAL and EVERY ORGANIZATION will benefit from that improvement.

 Request for Specific Action

Please do the action of contacting others, as per the Steps to Success, at least twice to get some experience at doing this. However, don't bother to get into arguments with people. Some Americans are "locked in" against this. We don't need to worry about changing their minds, because we know that over half of Americans are receptive to learning with facts via data and facts via testimonials of real live experiences of Americans. We can thank them if they do join us in a joint review this information.

 

 

A People's Campaign Activity

Million Letters for Health Care Campaign

We invite you, as an informed American who has carefully read and understood the above information, to help get improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care.

Please proceed with the Steps to Success, because we must have informed Americans (knowledge) and, preferably, also have over ten million Americans signed up at this Medicare for All website (numbers).

 

 

Additional Information ... about this web page

Dozens of Americans of a wide variety of professions, including physicians and nurses and health care policy experts, have reviewed the information to help ensure that the information is what you need to know. The web page was first established in October-November 2011 via the reviews and the refinements based on those reviews. (During October-November 2011 reviews are occurring now. If you also want to give your input about this information, please do a careful read and then contact us via the following link: Contact Bob.)

 

 

 

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