Absolutely not, he said. Obamacare requires people to buy insurance. That's not healthcare coverage. It's like requiring a person who's homeless to buy a house. And if you develop a major illness and have a $10,000 deductible, you're out of luck.
During that 15-minute commute Jerry spoke with pride about the recently-updated website of Health Care for All PA (Jerry is on the board of directors). Its home page has a premium calculator. Enter your gross income and it shows what your premium would cost under the single-payer system. No deductible, no co-pays, no stranger hundreds of miles away asking invasive questions about what you and your doctor discussed. No spiraling profits pumping up stockholders and CEO's while more than 12 percent of Pennsylvanians have no health care coverage. Everything is covered. Everything.
According to the website, single-payer healthcare is estimated to save Pennsylvania $17 billon annually. It will help schools and municipalities and taxpayers struggling to meet health insurance companies' ever-increasing fees.
Jerry said Health Care 4 All PA is hosting economist Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Nov. 18 at Franklin & Marshall College. Dr. Friedman authored an economic impact study on the huge costs of the insurance industry's entanglement in health care, and the savings in both dollars and quality of life of the single payer system (read the study here).