One of the early arguments in the media and in the congressional debates held before the passing of the Obamacare legislation had to do with whether or not there would be a “single payer” system A single payer is a funding mechanism that would collect all payments for medical fees and services and then pay providers for all services through a single source. In nations which use a single payer model, this single source that accepts the fees and makes the payments is the government and that seems to be much of the opposition to the single payer option with Obamacare.
According to a Washington Post article written by Dan Eggen and published on June 6, 2009, “Many Republicans see the movement (for a single payer option) as evidence that Democrats are setting the country on the path to “government_run health care,” as they describe it. Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, an advocacy group bankrolled by ousted Columbia/HCA chief Rick Scott, unveiled a $1.2 million ad campaign that portrays Democratic plans as a “bulldozer” aimed at eliminating private insurance companies.”
Whether their characterization of “single payer” is or is not correct seems to depend on which political universe you reside in and to whom you turn for political news and information.
[The name Rick Scott may be familiar to you. According to Wikipedia, “In 1987, at age 34, he co_founded Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989 to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for_profit health care company in the U.S. He resigned as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a controversy over the company’s business and Medicare billing practices; the company ultimately admitted to FOURTEEN FELONIES and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million; Scott was not implicated. Scott later became a venture capitalist.”]
In 2010 Rick Scott was elected governor of Florida. At times, Americans have a short memory.