Healthcare, Udall and the Colorado Senate race
The Grand Junction Free Press publishers an Open Letter to Rep. Udall
You serve neither your constituents nor the Democrats well when you revert to distorted language propagated by Republicans surrounding health care reform. Referring to single-payer health care as “government health care” short-circuits the debate and misrepresents single-payer health care, which is in fact a single-risk-pool insurance with free choice of private providers — the same as traditional Medicare before Republicans moved to privatize Medicare (at 12 percent higher cost). Contrary to assertions by the right-wing “free market” chorus, only single-payer insurance permits unlimited choice of private providers, whereas private insurance limits choice to “in plan” doctors. Only single payer is capable of providing comprehensive, continuous health benefits and protection against medical bankruptcy.
Clearly we are going to have to take Dave Johnson's advice, stop calling it single payer and start calling it Medicare for All.
I looked at Udall's Healthcare page:
There is no single legislative solution to the many problems involved in health care reform. My approach has been to insist that more power be given to health care consumers and their doctors instead of insurance companies and the health care bureaucracy.
So what does Udall think of the bureaucracy that runs Medicare? How does it compare to the bureaucracy of private insurers?
I think if we just keep increasing pressure we can bring the Mark Udall's of this world around. It just should not be possible for a candidate to show their face anywhere without hearing about Medicare for All (we are going to use that phrase from now on).
Colorado has a strong healthcare movement, so I am optimistic about movement on this.