Single Payer Now

Posted: Sep 13th, 2010

Events

“Hijacked” a Discussion with John Geyman, MD

When: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Where: San Francisco, CA


Saturday, Oct. 23rd

3 pm

255 Ninth St – SF  @  ILWU  Local 6 Union Hall

(2 blocks south of Market between Howard and Folsom  & Civic Center BART/MUNI)

Come to a presentation and discussion with John Geyman, author of “Hijacked….”  John Geyman is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Sponsored by Single Payer Now

For more Information call 415–695-7891 or email dbechleratvaluedotnet  (dbechleratvaluedotnet)  

Co-sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program and the California Alliance for Retired Americans

www.singlepayernow.net

Hijacked

The Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Health Care Reform 2010

On the positive side of the ledger, the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) brings some welcome changes.

On the negative side of the ledger, however, these are some of the reasons that the PPACA will fall so far short of needed health care reform that it is not much better than nothing:

• Surging health care costs will not be contained as cost-sharing increases for patients and their families.

• Uncontrolled costs of health care and insurance will make them unaffordable for a large and growing part of the population.

• At least 23 million Americans will still be uninsured in 2019, with tens of millions more underinsured.

• Quality of care for the U. S. population is not likely to improve.

• Insurance “reforms” are so incomplete that the industry can easily continue to game the system.

• New layers of waste and bureaucracy, without added value, will further fragment the system.

• With its lack of price controls, the PPACA will prove to be a bonanza for corporate stakeholders in the medical-industrial complex.

• Perverse incentives within a minimally-regulated market-based system will still lead to over treatment with inappropriate and unnecessary care even as millions of Americans forego necessary care because of cost.

• The “reformed” system is not sustainable and will require more fundamental reform sooner than later to rein in the excesses of the market.

Bill Moyers on John Geyman’s “HIJACKED”

“You think the battle for real health care reform is over? John Geyman says ‘Not on your life!’ And, by the way, your life is what’s at stake. This former Republican country doctor and long-time respected scholar, editor, and advocate for reform that puts the patient, not the industry, first, has issued an informed, convincing, and passionate account of why the battle has just begun, and how we, the people, can win.”

Bill Moyers, author of “Moyers on Democracy”


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