A forum on health care reform was held Saturday afternoon at CU to discuss our moving towards quality, accessible, and affordable care for us all. Even though a majority of American citizens and doctors are now saying they want a national policy for the public funding of the private provision of health care, our elected officials are mostly saying that this is a political non-starter. Who’s running this country?
We need to understand why we spend almost twice as much as other industrialized countries, leave many uninsured and underinsured, and yet have lousy health outcomes: our fractured public and private “system” of 1,500 insurers with their 17,000 policies. The debate on health care reform is moving to recognize that we need to have all of us covered and that to accomplish that we all need to pay in. If we’re all in this together, we need to question if there is a useful role for private insurance to play. If we are all basically a single risk pool are we better covered by a single payer system, as is successfully done in many other countries?
We need to be well informed and we need our politicians to hear from us. Otherwise powerful lobbies will run the show. For more information see HealthCareforAllColorado.org and PNHP.org (Physicians for a National Health Program).