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Armitage for single payer

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District 7 congressional candidates talk about priorities
"I believe we're way past time to have gotten a universal health-care system in place," she said. "It's a human right."

Armitage wants to see a Medicare-for-all system that would give people a choice in primary-care physicians, and still encourage employers to offer private insurance.

According to Armitage, universal health care could save Americans $350 billion a year.

"Thirty-one cents out of every dollar spent on private insurance goes to overhead and profit," she said. "Just 3 cents per dollar of Medicare goes to overhead."

In addition, insurers would save big dollars by making primary care accessible to everyone.

"Universal health care will save the dollars spent in emergency rooms, which is far more than preventative care," she said.

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Submitted by caseyOR on

then what is the point of having employers offer private insurance? It seems to me that one of the selling points of Medicare for All is employers no longer have to be in the health insurance business. Am I missing something here?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

employers would not have to worry about health care anymore, one of the great strengths of the single payer system.

Submitted by hipparchia on

employers can offer private insurance that covers whatever medicare [or other govt insurance] does not cover: cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, stuff like that are some examples. i hope that's what armitage has in mind.

Submitted by lambert on

Spread this far and wide:

Thirty-one cents out of every dollar spent on private insurance goes to overhead and profit,” she said. “Just 3 cents per dollar of Medicare goes to overhead.”

Sounds exactly like how Wall Street runs -- a carnival of greed. And how's that been working out?

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