Is now the time for single payer?
“Single payer is the solution. And the time for it is now.
A single-payer system would guarantee health care coverage immediately to every American. So whether a loved one gets sick from COVID, has a heart attack, or gets in a car accident, she will receive the care she needs without it causing financial hardship.
A single-payer system will eliminate employer health insurance contributions. This will provide huge relief to hundreds of thousands of struggling small businesses across the country. The money saved can go towards paying their employees a living wage or hiring new workers, which will help get our economy back on track.
A single-payer system will relieve the burden of finding health insurance from individuals. Freelancers and gig, self-employed, and per diem workers can pursue employment without having to worry about providing health coverage for their families. And with families relieved of the insecurities created by surprise medical bills and massive out-of-pocket costs, they will be more likely to contribute to our consumer-driven economy.
COVID has absolutely quelled consumerism; single payer can help to bring it back.”
Toby Terwilliger is an internal medicine-pediatric resident.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Is now the time for single payer?” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/07/is-now-the-time-for-single-payer.html)