HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » Dem super delegate, in ro...

Mon Jul 3, 2017, 07:22 AM

Dem super delegate, in room full of health insurance execs, laughs off prospect of single payer [View all]

Democratic super delegate, in room full of health insurance execs, laughs off prospect of single payer.
Lee Fang; July 1 2017

<snip>

Gephardt, who serves as a Democratic “superdelegate” responsible for choosing the party’s presidential nominee, was asked about the possibility of single payer at the Centene Corporation annual investor day conference at The Pierre, a ritzy five-star hotel in New York City.

<snip>

“There is no way you could pass single payer in any intermediate future,” Gephardt declared. America, he added, has the “greatest health care system in the world, bar none.” And while single payer would provide universal coverage, there would be less quality and innovation without the “involvement of the private sector.”

The claim that single payer suppresses innovation is an old argument that does not stand up to scrutiny. Most medical innovation in the U.S. are already government funded, through universities receiving federal subsidies and grants, as well as through the National Institutes of Health. A single-payer insurance system, like Medicare, would simply negotiate for lower prices from providers, and would likely steer savings towards greater investments in research and development. Claims about lower quality care are also highly disputed, given that countries with single payer and tightly regulated universal health systems perform much higher than the U.S. in a range of health outcomes.

<snip>

In the past, the health insurance industry has deployed sophisticated propaganda efforts to divide single-payer proponents and weaken any political support for the idea. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton once considered such a system, but wondered, “Is there any force on the face of the earth that would counter the money the insurance industry would spend to defeat it?”

Gephardt, notably, became a corporate lobbyist after serving as a populist Democratic lawmaker from Missouri. His clients have included Peabody Coal and Goldman Sachs, among others. He also serves on the board of Centene, receiving annual compensation of around $315,965 in cash and stock awards.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/01/dick-gephardt-single-payer-health-insurance-lobbyists/

33 replies, 5833 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 33 replies Author Time Post
Reply Dem super delegate, in room full of health insurance execs, laughs off prospect of single payer [View all]
kristopher Jul 2017 OP
ck4829 Jul 2017 #1
IronLionZion Jul 2017 #3
ck4829 Jul 2017 #6
HopeAgain Jul 2017 #2
Sienna86 Jul 2017 #4
markpkessinger Jul 2017 #24
Voltaire2 Jul 2017 #5
Dustlawyer Jul 2017 #7
rainy Jul 2017 #30
Hell Hath No Fury Jul 2017 #8
pirateshipdude Jul 2017 #10
murielm99 Jul 2017 #11
Scruffy1 Jul 2017 #19
markpkessinger Jul 2017 #25
rainy Jul 2017 #31
murielm99 Jul 2017 #9
joeybee12 Jul 2017 #27
Vinca Jul 2017 #12
murielm99 Jul 2017 #13
Vinca Jul 2017 #16
murielm99 Jul 2017 #18
Vinca Jul 2017 #28
NYResister Jul 2017 #23
delisen Jul 2017 #32
George II Jul 2017 #14
murielm99 Jul 2017 #17
Igel Jul 2017 #15
OilemFirchen Jul 2017 #20
kacekwl Jul 2017 #29
OilemFirchen Jul 2017 #33
yurbud Jul 2017 #21
benld74 Jul 2017 #22
joeybee12 Jul 2017 #26