Currently we have a multi-payer health insurance system in Pennsylvania. The Payers are private insurance companies. Each company offers a multitude of plans, each with varying levels of deductibles, co-payments and coverage. This privatized multi-payer system puts profits first, denies claims to maintain profit margins, and is responsible for over 60% of Pennsylvania bankruptcies. The average physician spends $84,000 annually to interact with private insurance companies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.1% (1.2 million) of Pennsylvanians were uninsured in 2010, up from 11.7% in 2009 and 10.6% in 2008. This multi-payer system is grossly inefficient.
According to the 2013 Economic Impact Study, the State of Pennsylvania would save over $17 BILLION ANNUALLY while providing comprehensive healthcare coverage for ALL Pennsylvanians under The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan.Read More
Premiums for individuals in The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan will be 3% of gross income. Enter your gross income to calculate your TOTAL yearly healthcare cost Read More
Even though we are a country where most citizens and physicians believe in healthcare coverage for all, we continue to struggle under an outdated "profit-first" system that strands the very people who need it most. The health insurance industry uses a good part ...
An article posted on Yahoo’s Finance page reviews a new report on the state of Medical Debt as of 2013. One out of every three dollars of debt in the U.S. is actually a medical debt. Read the article here.
One out of every 7 Americans are uninsured and the health reform policy specifically excludes immigrants from obtaining insurance. Are we prepared to really handle Ebola when our system discourages the very people we want to seek medical attention if they are feeling sick? Millions of dollars have already been spent caring for the handful […]
The US Census Bureau has come out with the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2013 on which the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) are based. New county level poverty estimates are due out in December and the county level estimates of the uninsured are due out for 2013 in early 2015. The early findings from the […]
Donald Berwick ran a campaign for governor of Massachusetts (home of Romneycare the model for the Affordable Care Act) on a single payer platform. Previously he ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services in the Department of Health and Human Services. He ran against better funded candidates State Attorney General Martha Coakley (who had […]
The Keystone Research Center has released a report detailing how the income share for Pennsylvania’s middle class has shrunk since 1978 in each county. The full text of their press release is below. New Census data on the uninsured for Pennsylvania and it’s counties for 2013 will be out tomorrow to give us a glimpse of how […]
On March 19, 2013 Senator Jim Ferlo announced the re-introduction of Senate Bill 400 which would create The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan. Our plan is the most logical and financially sound. Everyone contributes to the health care fund based on income, everyone benefits. Read More
In 2017 the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) allows states to develop their own health care system. In Pennsylvania, we now have an extremely complicated multiple payer system. The payers are private insurance companies and costly non-profit companies that act like the for-profits. Each company offers a multitude of plans, each with varying levels […]
I have a letter to the editor published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The text of which can be read below. The Frayed Safety Net editorial does raise some important issues in the availability of medical services in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, and Westmoreland counties since 2000. It cites the ‘decade’s long decline’ in the population […]
There is a lot to digest in all of the 221 posts that have been imported from the PUSH Blog site. Here is a summary of the top ones according to the built in stat counter and Google Analytics. 1. Bob Mason’s Letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette State President Bob Mason’s letter to the editor […]
Two members from the NWPA chapter have posted pro single payer letters on GoErie.com, Teresa Chylinskiî and Rebecca Pruveadenti. I am a registered nurse in northwestern Pennsylvania and am very frustrated with how our health-care system has evolved. I believed in our Affordable Care Act as a start to change and reform. Well, there has […]