In the midst of the Obama HCR summit, mention was made of outrageous premium spikes in several states and Pres Obama and Secty Sibelius mumbled words about state “premium oversight boards.”


To the Editor:
In the midst of the Obama HCR summit, mention was made of outrageous premium spikes in several states and Pres Obama and Secty Sibelius mumbled words about state “premium oversight boards.” But those boards are merely means of enabling private insurers to go on gouging us while we spend millions of our tax dollars to go to court against insurers who can afford hundreds of lawyers to cream state regulators at every turn. The lesson of CA shows that insurers cannot be regulated – they just write off fines as the cost of doing business.
While Blair House was buzzing, there could not have been a more dramatic moment to say, Hey! Now’s the time for single payer! That would solve the premium cost control problem in a snap and bring us far cheaper insurance costs for individuals, families and businesses, with built in dental coverage, consumer protections and no copays or deductibles. Single payer is more than a healthcare plan, it’s an economic plan. It’s not idealistic, it’s realistic. Single payer is not government takeover – it’s an efficient bill-paying system taking out the middle man. We can stand up on our hind legs and insure ourselves!
Single payer (concept like 'Medicare for All') won’t happen easily nationally because Washington is the central nexus of insurance company-K Street corruption of Congress and the WH. But state officials are closer to the people and to doctors who (most polls say) want single payer. SP has already passed in CA (pending gov's signature) and is doing well in PA, NY, Minnesota and Illinois. Watching the health summit I resolved to support SB 400 in PA and send money to each of the other states as well (central link: www.spstates.blogspot.com)
Won’t readers join me?
Jane W. Prettyman, Honesdale, Pa.