See our op-ed in the Sacramento Bee — authored by Dr. James Kahn and Healthy California Now’s Michael Lighty — about how much people can save from single-payer using our calculator.
The word of the year for 2022 could have been “inflation.” Air travel prices rose nearly 40% from a year earlier. Grocery, housing, energy and other prices are also up. And once again, the cost of health care, which makes up nearly a fifth of our economy, is rising sharply.
Most health insurers in the individual market are expecting premium increases between 5% and 14% this year, according to Axios, and family out-of-pocket health care costs have jumped 10%.
But health care is different from other elements of the consumer price index. There is a way to control health care inflation while providing everyone with high-quality coverage.
Universal public financing of health care — often called single-payer coverage or “Medicare for all” — can cure what ails us both medically and financially.