Single-Payer Not Going to Happen

California is giving their best Vermont (big fail) imitation at attempting to create a single-payer system for healthcare.  It will never happen.  Why?  The cost would be $400 billion.  Their total budget now is…drumroll please…$200 billion. So, in effect, this would double their budget.  This is dead on arrival.

We need a free market plan that brings prices down.  We don’t need a plan that doubles the population’s taxes and does nothing to contain the cost.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Single-Payer Not Going to Happen

  1. May 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    If doctors could own the health insurance industry, health care cost would be half and doctors incomes and services to patients double. There would be money left over to take care of the uninsured. The problem here is the greed of corporations that provide no care but are intertwined into the delivery of services as a malignant tumor. M. Pappolla MD, PhD

  2. Rando
    May 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Here’s the bottom line. There isn’t going to be single-payer unless taxes are raised to pay for it. Obama set up what amounted to an impossible set of guidelines in order to sell the ACA as giving people something for nothing. To meet those guidelines the Democrats fudged projections and made assumptions that could never be true. Neither the ACA or the AHCA does anything to control health care spending. And Lord knows the GOP isn’t going to raise taxes.

    When I say raise taxes I mean raise them on everybody, not just the 1%. There isn’t enough money in the 1% to pay for it, plus if we’re going to have a shared benefit we should have a shared sacrifice. Until there are politicians willing to make hard decisions and speak honestly this whole single payer thing is BS and our health care system will continue to be a mess.

  3. hawgguy
    May 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Math is HARD

    • Frank Rubino MD
      May 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

      It is easy or convenient to make a math error!

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