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What Americans Should Know
about Improved Medicare for All


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

Prior to the fall of 2011 most Americans did not know the information that is provided in this web page. That situation is changing now, and it's changing fast. If you carefully review and understand this information ... and get your questions and concerns answered ... and are then enthusiastic about getting health-care-for-all, please get one to four Americans, on the phone or with you, to this web page to carefully review the information with them. That action will help get all Americans health care sooner rather than later and it will help get us more businesses and jobs sooner rather than later. If you don't, then who will?

Introduction: three important questions

Should we have health-care-forall?

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

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?

Improved Medicare for All via single-payer health care is what we need, based on common sense. Maximum efficiency gets maximum results. See the explanation below about why it will be the uniquely American best 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?

Most citizens of the United States have not yet been informed about the need for it.

We need to actively inform each other, such as doing the following as often as possible, keeping in mind how important being informed is to our physical and financial well-being:
— Get a group of you and 1 to 4 other Americans to this "Know" web page at the Medicare for All (dot org) website and review ALL FIVE SECTIONS with them.

Contents

The Problem

The Need

Frequently Asked Questions 

Testimonials

The Campaign 

 

The Problem


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.
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.
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Negative consequences of out-of-control spending are amazing. — 
We are steadily, definitely losing the support of our employers, because they can no longer afford to provide the benefit. Even when and where health insurance is provided, the employers are forced to put more and more of the cost burden onto the employees, because a company can literally not afford it or because it is cutting too much into company profits that their stockholders expect to occur.
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The Need


Accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative.

Having our national health care spending so incredibly higher than other countries negatively impacts individual, families, and businesses in direct and indirect ways.
As we provide you with a focus on the incredibly positive results of implementing improved Medicare for All you will see explanations and links to more information. You will see negative aspects of the current health-care-NOT-for-all system that will be eliminated with positive aspects of implementing health-care-for-all.

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. 

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.

The first step of becoming informed is for you to please do a careful read of the information provided at this web page.

Selection of 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. 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.

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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 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.

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 world countries
— improvement of our health as seen in the better health performance of the above six countries that already have experienced the results of health-care-for-all.

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.

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.

Fewer hardships.

No major medical bills to patients.

Less spending for all levels of government.

Cover everyone.

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

How do we accomplish efficiency?.

Excellent efficiency will come with one health care (insurance) plan and one public agency payer and the associated elimination of unnecessary administrative functions among three types of bureaucracy.
  



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.


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.

 


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.

 

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.


 

The Campaign


After you are informed via the above information
and the available linked information ....

if you are interested in taking action to help get it,

        please sign up.

 

 

Please do the action of contacting others 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 are dealing with facts via data and facts via testimonials of real live experiences of Americans but we can thank them if they do review this information.

Additional Information

Dozens of Americans of a wide variety of professions, including physicians and nurses and health care policy experts, have reviewed the following 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. (Those 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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