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WHAT IS SINGLE PAYER AKA “MEDICARE FOR ALL”?
Single-payer national health insurance, also known as “Medicare for all,” is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs. MORE
MARCH 11, 2014
International Health Care Models
United States Congressional Hearing Chaired By Senator Bernie Sanders
Health care professionals and analysts testified about the single-payer health care systems in Taiwan, Canada, Denmark, and France. The US Senate hearing focused on lessons the U.S. could learn from those systems. 1 hour and 39 minutes. View the entire hearing HERE
March 8, 2015
Hawaii Health Authority could reduce health costs, if empowered to do so
By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D.
In 2009, the Hawaii Legislature passed a bill to create the Hawaii Health Authority, charged with designing a universal health care system covering all residents of Hawaii. In 2011, then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed the HHA members, who have submitted two reports outlining a roadmap to a cost-effective, universal health care system, building on models proven in practice elsewhere in the U.S. and from around the world. Our Prepaid Health Care Act, passed in 1974, includes an employer mandate, bans pre-existing condition exclusions, and requires a rich benefit package and 80-90 percent actuarial value with no deductible. We have had the best coverage package and the broadest risk pooling in the country, along with the least competitive market, and yet until about five years ago, we had among the lowest premiums in the country. Hawaii has also had the lowest per-capita Medicare spending in the country. Read more HERE.
NOTE: Stephen B. Kemble, M.D., is a member of the Hawaii Health Authority.
Learn more about the Hawaiʻi Health Authority (HHA) HERE
Read the HHA Reports To The Legislature HERE
See the current HHA Members HERE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAI`I POSITION ON SINGLE PAYER
Lines 371 & 372 of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i Platform state, “We support national healthcare reform via single payer universal healthcare. We also encourage the inclusion of a public option in the current national health care plan.” Section 3. Candidate Support of Platform, Resolutions, Constitution and Bylaws states: “Every Democratic Party candidate for election to office, whether Federal, State or County, and every member of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i shall support the Party Platform. Every member of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i shall support candidates who are members of the Party and request the Party’s support in the general, special or nonpartisan elections.” Read the entire 2016 Democratic Party of Hawai`i Platform HERE