Support Rhode Island single payer

The enormous costs of healthcare cannot be controlled by hospital closures and buyouts or cutting Medicaid funding. The solution is to pass legislation to create an improved medicare-for-all single payer system.

While critics focus on “higher taxes,” they ignore the fact that Rhode Islanders already pay much more to private corporations in the form of health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

The proposed legislation would end those whopping private costs and substitute lower progressive taxes: 10 percent payroll and 10 percent unearned income (capital gains, dividends, interest and rent). Moreover, the initial tax rates will be adjusted, and tax credits or exemptions used, to ensure small businesses, working families, and lower income earners are protected.

Under the proposed Rhode Island single payer program, the vast majority of Rhode Islanders–all those making less than $150,000 a year–will see a decrease in their annual medical expenditures and expanded coverage of medically necessary care. Wealthier Rhode Islanders will see a relatively small increase in their expenditures. On average, Rhode Islanders will save about $4,000/year on their medical expenses by 2026.

The state single payer legislation introduced by Representative Aaron Regunberg (Democrat, District 4, Providence) and Senator Jeanine Calkin (Democrat, District 30, Warwick) offers more comprehensive health insurance coverage for less than what we are currently “taxed” by the private health insurance companies.

For more information, go to: www.rihealthcare.org.

I urge you to support Rhode Island single payer legislation (H7285,  S. #TBA).

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About Linda Ujifusa 1 Article
Linda Ujifusa is the Secretary for the Rhode Island Healthcare Access & Affordability Partnership.

2 Comments

  1. I am a strong supporter of single payer, but we shall never get health care costs under control as long as we think growing the health care sector is economic development. In order to grow the health care sector the amount of money sloshing around in it has to grow faster than the rest of the economy, which menss it costs more and more faster than wages rise. We run faster and faster only to fall further and further behind. In additon to single payer we need a full blown prevention strategy rahter than playing catch up with ever more expensive treatments and drugs. And we sure as hell do not need to subsidize medical oriented real estate speculation.

    • Hi Greg. You are right, but we can never have a universal system of preventive care without single payer financing and accounting. We need global capitalization of hospitals, clinics, etc., to control capital expenditures so that such expenditures are made for the medical needs of the community and not the financial advantage of institutions. Single payer can provide completely open information about healthcare financing which our current multi-payer system makes fragmented and inaccessible because such information is deemed “proprietary.”

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