Our Bodies Ourselves Endorses Single-Payer Healthcare - Best Plan for Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo — June 15, 2009

President Obama spoke to delegates at the American Medical Association meeting in Chicago today (transcript), reassuring them the country is not moving toward a single-payer healthcare plan.

It’s too bad, because Our Bodies Ourselves today published a detailed position paper explaining why the single-payer model is the most cost-effective and smartest approach to solving the United States’ health and medical care crisis — and why it’s the best plan for women.

Grab this press release, designed to be tweeted and shared with your networks, and help spread the word.

Judy Norsigian, OBOS executive director, and Jennifer Potter, MD, director of the Women’s Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and director of women’s health at Fenway Health, co-authored an op-ed in today’s Boston Globe that summarizes some of the key arguments and outlines what women stand to gain.

“The only national plan for healthcare reform that explicitly includes women’s reproductive health services, including abortion, is one sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat,” they wrote. “Other sponsors of single-payer plans are also amenable to including women’s reproductive health services.”

Lee is expected to re-introduce H.R. 3000, the United States Universal Health Service Act, this legislative session.

More than 10 benefits for women are discussed in detail in the position paper. Among them:

* Coverage is independent from employment.

* Coverage is independent from marriage.

* Single-payer system would encourage better care for chronic illnesses.

* Single-payer system would eliminate the need for Medicaid.

* Single-payer system would address the cost issues that send women into debt and bankruptcy.

The position paper also covers why the so-called public option — a government-sponsored insurance plan that would compete with private insurance coverage — is not enough to drastically improve coverage and access. And it provides additional articles and resources to support its arguments.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

3 responses to “Our Bodies Ourselves Endorses Single-Payer Healthcare – Best Plan for Women”

  1. Have to say that I’m all for this in an way. At the same time like the current system that we have as well. Still wish there was some middle ground to this. Had my fair share with this which I posted on my facebook page.


    It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.


    We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

    And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

    Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

    Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

    In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

    Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

  3. A evolução das desentupidoras foi grande na última
    década, chegando a trazer legislação específica, equipamentos de proteção
    individual específicos e equipamentos específicos.

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