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

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.

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