Study released on Capitol Hill shows single payer is feasible and would save billions

Community Labor News
Aug 14, 2013

On Wednesday, July 31, Congressman John Conyers and three other
legislators celebrated Medicare’s 48th Birthday on Capitol Hill by hosting
a briefing by Professor Gerald Friedman who released his study of the
funding of HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, showing
that single payer health care is feasible and would save 592 billion in one year.

Following the briefing, Congressman Conyers was joined by Representatives
Mark Takano and Keith Ellison and Senator Bernie Sanders in a press
conference to call for enactment of single payer health care. The events
were cosponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program, Public
Citizen, and a number of other organizations.

Professor Friedman’s study was covered by The Hill and Becker’s Hospital Review. The Huffington Post ran an opinion piece by Conyers and Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. Conyers’ Op Ed appeared in The Hill and his Medicare Birthday Statement was presented in the House.

University of Massachusetts Professor Gerald Friedman’s full study is available here:

Excerpts and links to the articles are here:

1. Study: Single-payer healthcare system would save billions

By Lara Seligman

The Hill, Healthwatch blog, July 31, 2013

Expanding the nation’s Medicare program to cover people of all ages would save the government billions of dollars, according to a new study released Wednesday.

The study found that a single-payer health care system based on the
principles of legislation by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, would save the federal government about $592 billion in one year.

That’s more than enough to pay for comprehensive benefits for all
Americans at a lower cost to the public, according to Physicians for a
National Health Program, which circulated the study. The extra money would go to paying down the national debt.

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