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  • The U.S. should have ‘Medicare for All’ says Dr. David Scheiner

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    Sunday, August 23, 2009 4:01 pm Email this article
    David Scheiner, MD, who took care of Barack Obama for 22 years, from 1987 until he became President of the U.S. in January 2009, thinks the U.S. should have National Health Insurance, or "Medicare for All" as he calls it.

    "We spend $400 billion a year just handling the administrative cost of health care," Dr. Scheiner notes. "That would cover the 50 million [in the U.S.] who are uncovered."

    Dr. Scheiner practices Internal Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

    Dr. Scheiner graduated with an M.D. in 1963.

    As of 2009, he was 71-years-old.

    Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 17,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

    Single-payer national health insurance means that national health insurance that is paid for by the government.

    Here is their website:


    Articles on the same subject can be found here:


    On Aug 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm Peter wrote:

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    I would caution people who are interested in their ability to seek solutions to their heath problems in an individualized way to think long and hard before accepting a government take over of the Heath care industry. As I tell my children, to find out who is controlling a given situation, always look for the person with the purse strings. With single payer this will be your friendly federal government. As much as everyone dislikes insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry, at least the regulator (the government) and the regulated are two different entities. With a federal take over, the regulated and the regulator become one. This is not a formula for accountability, but its opposite. I vote no.

    On Aug 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:

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    Thank you for your comments.

    I don't know what the answer is, but the system is broken.

    I will post a video of a guy who was an executive in the insurance industry who is speaking out that health insurance companies are taking advantage of people, that is, collecting premiums, then denying claims so that the companies and executives can make more money.

    It is interesting to note that Dr. Scheiner in the video on this page notes that the U.S. ranks 37th in world health.

    I also found it interesting that he noted that the U.S. spends $400 billion a year just handling the administrative cost of health care, enough to cover the 50 million [in the U.S.] who are uncovered.

    The drug industry is broken also.

    You might be interested in watching the interview clips of Melody Petersen talking to Bill Moyers.

    It is also eye-opening.

    They are posted here:


    On Sep 08, 2009 at 2:43 pm Ann wrote:

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    The reduction of administrative costs from the current 16% to 7% or less (like in Europe where people have 100% coverage, no deductibles, are never denied care), would cover the 50 million who at present are uninsured.

    If a new system is put in place that brings costs down to about 2% like the Taiwan system (imitated on the European system and modified to fit their own government set-up) this would not only cover all uninsured, but would even create a surplus.

    As things are set-up now, Medicare runs on such a poor structure, the expenses are too elevated while they only cover the elderly. Therefore, something is wrong in the manner Medicare is run alltogether. If Medicare is not reformed, it would mean substantial financial drain on the entire economy.

    The factor in this issue is not that healthcare should have to tax everyone to extremes, or that illegals suddenly live off citizens care. The factor is that a system has to be created where funds are not mismanaged.

    Health insurance being paid by the government, simply means one accounting system to make the process quicker, cost effective, and easier than collecting individually from the entire population.

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