Paying For Universal Health Care - And Not Getting It
Original Research from HCAI
Comprehensive, universal health care for all Illinoisans doesn't need to mean higher taxes and more spending.
This study from HCAI shows that nearly $18 billion of Illinois current health spending is diverted to useless administrative tasks inherent in a for-profit private insurance-based health system.
Illinois can recover that $18 billion and use it to provide universal care - but only if we're willing to cut out the parasitic private insurance industry.
How Can We Afford Universal Health Care?
With a looming $2 billion deficit in the state budget, how in the world can Illinois afford a single payer universal health care system?
The answer - confirmed by the state's own independent financial consulting firm - is that the system pays for itself. By removing $17 billion in wasteful private insurance paperwork, Illinois' single payer system would provide comprehensive, universal coverage without raising Illinoisans health spending. In fact, for the majority of Illinois families and businesses, the single-payer program would be a tax cut.
This HCAI financing paper explains the program in detail.
Single Payer in Illinois
For more information on single-payer organizing in IL, check out the web site of the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition.
Click here for upcoming single-payer events in Illinois.
PNHP Illinois supports Occupy Wall Street and all Illinois Occupy movements.
In November 2011 the leadership of PNHP IL adopted the following statement of support for Occupy Wall Street and all Occupy movements in IL.
Click here to read the statement
Illinoisans already pay enough for comprehensive universal health insurance - we just don't get it. This is becasue private insurers and the administrative waste they generate consumes nearly a third of our health spending. Replacing insurance companies with a single public payer would save Illinois more than $17 billion per year, enough to cover everyone. Single payer bill HB 942 ("The Illinois Universal Health Care Act," formerly "The Health Care for All Illinois Act") would do this.
Read a Summary of the Single-Payer Plan
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Single payer bill HB 942 ("The Health Care for Alll Illinois Act") Sponsors Rep. Mary Flowers and Rep. Greg Harris are interviewed by Cat Jarboe.
Listen to the interview with Rep. Flowers