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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Snyder in public on health care

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder will talk about health legislation at noon Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.

The lunchtime lectures are typically SRO. Reserve your seats by emailing or calling 501.683.5239.

My question: Why is Dr. Snyder so adamantly opposed (apart from the obvious political downside) to aims of the Physicians for a National Health Program.

The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $7,129 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 45.7 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.

This is because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.

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