ObamaCare Clusterfuck: PA state single payer efforts actually garner Republican support
And if you knew PA Republicans, you'd understand how remarkable that is. HuffPo:
Single Payer: Alive and Still Remarkably Well
As the country prepares for open enrollment October 1st in the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), a small group of dedicated artists and politicians in Pennsylvania have been working toward a broader solution. Catalyzed by a study by Professor Gerard Friedman of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that estimated savings of $17B for Pennsylvania with a single payer approach, State Senator Jim Ferlo and an energetic group of young artists in Pennsylvania, decided they needed a comprehensive statewide system that would offer affordable health care to every citizen in Pennsylvania.
In March 2013, PA Senator Jim Ferlo and Representative Pam DeLissio re-introduced SB400, a bill Ferlo had introduced a year before to little fanfare and support. This time, Ferlo garnered support from a businessman and former Republican legislator, David Steil, as well as the activist group HealthCare4AllPA.
Noting the economic impact study, Steil said "As a business owner, we must get business out of health care because it perpetuates an already financially unsustainable system. A single payer system costs less, promotes free market principles, and creates jobs by improving the delivery of health care."
While Senator Ferlo was working the legislature this time, Julie Sokolow, a young artist, began collecting the stories of other young artists in need of affordable and quality care. She wondered if other artists had the same problem with lack of health insurance as she did, artists who worked part-time or in service industry jobs without insurance. ....
The enthusiasm and interest generated by this short video led Julie's group "Healthy Artists" to work with HealthCare4AllPA. With the support of pediatrician and HealthCare4All activist, Dr. Scott Tyson, the young artists were able to create over 30 documentary shorts in a year's time, exposing the struggles of uninsured Pennsylvanians. With the organizational support of Healthcare4All and the passion and creativity of the artists, they were able to keep what had seemed like a quixotic venture alive and well in the political arena. It didn't hurt that filmmaker and progressive celebrity Michael Moore gave them a prominent place on his website earlier this year.
Uh oh. Michael Moore. Not that I'm cynical....
While the goal of Healthy Artists is a single payer approach to health insurance, they view Obamacare as a step in the right direction and have been promoting the expansion of Medicaid and the state exchanges. As they point out, the ACA encourages individual states to experiment with single-payer universal health care.
That is the part where I started to scream silently. At their best, young creative class types are naive. At their worst, they're cynical and corrupt Obots. Obviously, since Obama threw his single payer support overboard when he no longer needed to pass as a liberal on whatever Chicago's equivalent the Upper West Side is, these guys aren't Obots, since with Obots, because Obama. But the naivete is breathtaking. Since when does a wait of four years and a Federal waiver constitute "a step in the right direction"? And can't they see that pushing for ObamaCare destroys institutional suppoort for single payer? (Let it happen, say I; some will benefit. But don't do the marketing, because then you're tarred with it!)
Pennsylvania is one of 22 states in an organized national single-payer network, ready to utilize the provision in the ACA allowing for innovation as of January 1st 2017.
I don't know about that network, and I thought I was keeping track. Sounds interesting, and especially interesting would be the funding. Readers?
The single payer advocates in Pennsylvania envision single-payer eventually replacing the exchanges.
How does that work? The Exchanges serve to perpetuate a payment system that shouldn't exist. You can't buff a turd. Again, I applaud the energy, and it sounds like good news from PA, but the artists.... It's like watching a mouse sniff the cheese in the trap. "No! Don't do it!!!!! [Ooohhhhhhhh.....]."