What is Single Payer?
Single-payer—or Medicare for All—is simply a streamlined financing mechanism where one entity administers the health care funding and payments. It expands the cost-effective and administratively efficient Medicare program to cover everyone in the United States.
Health care delivery remains private and patients are guaranteed choice of care from providers. The National HCH Council supports the insurance expansions included in the Affordable Care Act, but while this reform is welcome, it does not address many inequities of the health care system.
The National HCH Council supports all efforts to expand comprehensive and affordable health coverage.
*NEW* Comparative Analysis Paper, August 2020, COVID-19 Response in Countries with Single-Payer & Implications for Impoverished Populations
Issue Brief, July 2020: COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Further Illustrating the Benefits of ‘Medicare-for-All’
See a recording of the June 2020 virtual caucus meeting: The Case for Medicare for All: COVID-19 hosted by Rep. Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Dingell (D-MI) featuring our own Barbara DiPietro (at minute 41)
Current National Legislation
National Academy of Sciences:Universal healthcare as pandemic preparedness: The lives and costs that could have been saved during the COVID-19 pandemic | June 2022
Congressional Budget Office:Economic Effects of Five Illustrative Single-Payer Health Care Systems: Working Paper 2022-02 | February 2022
Congressional Budget Office:Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System | May 2019
The Commonwealth Fund: Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care | July 2017
CDC National Center for Health Statistics: Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective | Jan 2014
Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point | Released in 2015, this documentary makes the business case for a Single Payer health care system.
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare | From 2012, this documentary explores the fee-for-service system, still relevant during a time as the industry shifts towards value-based healthcare under the ACA.
The Waiting Room | Released in 2012, the Waiting Room tells the story of the day-to-day struggles of a safety net hospital in Oakland, CA. The Waiting Room Storytelling Project continues the story.
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