Monday, March 22, 2010
Coincidentally, I hosted a meeting yesterday put on by the still-active members of a local Obama campaign organization, and California OneCare, which is supporting efforts that have been made for years to adopt single payer health care in California. It was interesting that our guests took for granted the final historic debate on the health care bill before the House of Representatives, which was proceeding during our meeting. To them, the federal plan represents only a first step that has raised awareness of the issue, but is going to solve only a few of the problems they hope to resolve. They aim to take private insurance companies out of the picture entirely. Private hospitals and doctors would still provide health care, but companies who have a financial interest is in denying care would no longer be responsible for paying for it. By their calculations, under a properly-implemented single payer system, we will actually spend less on health care than we spend now, but everyone will be covered for everything.
So while the media will continue to devote lots of attention to the efforts of a vocal minority to roll back health care reform, it should soon become apparent how futile those efforts are. Meanwhile, groups like California OneCare will be working quietly to build more momentum for even more comprehensive and more workable solutions to the provision of health care in this country.
(J. Colman photo)