Single-Payer Health Insurance

A leading supporter of a universal health care system in the U.S. says five years after the Affordable Care Act, the law often called Obamacare just points out the deficiencies in American health care. Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health and co-founder of Physicians For a National Health Program, will speak tonight at 7 at the UAlbany School of Public Health in East Greenbush. Dr. Himmelstein says Vermont was on the right track until Gov. Shumlin withdrew his plan.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's abandoning his long-held goal of creating the nation's first single-payer health care system.

Blair Horner: Obamacare's Third Birthday

Mar 25, 2013

This past weekend marked the third anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”  This is the ACA’s big year; this Fall Americans will be allowed to start enrolling in health insurance plans.  Starting on January 1, 2014, virtually all Americans will be required to have health insurance – either from the government, their employer, or through a health exchange.  Yet, even at this late date, many Americans are still unsure of its impact.

In Albany today, state legislators, patient advocates, labor leaders, and health care professionals unveiled a new proposal for government funded, universal, single-payer statewide health insurance.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke today with New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Democrat of Manhattan’s 75th district, sponsor of the bill and chair of the Assembly Health Committee.

The state of Vermont is getting a $104.4 million federal grant to continue the process of setting up a health benefits exchange, a key part of state and federal health care reform efforts.

The money will be used to develop information technology, business and outreach operations that will be part of the state's exchange.

Vermont is on target to meet the federal schedule and begin enrolling people in the exchange in October 2013.