How would single payer function in this country

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    Just want to know how people think it would work in practice in this country. How would it be different than me paying my premiums. I don't want any assumption about what people think it will save, just how such a system would work.
     
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    Since it will have to be run by bureaucrats in Washington, there is only one answer to that question: Poorly.

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    You may continue to pay your premiums to your private insurance company if it can compete.
     
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    You give gubmint all your money.

    They decide if you deserve to get medical treatment, how much of it and when.

    Any more silly questions?
     
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    If you get your healthcare through your employer, in effect you already have single payer.
     
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    If the healthcare is given by your employer then you have single payer.
     
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    If we had single payer through the government, then it would cover everything from doctor's visits to medication to major surgery. You would get treatment and you would not be billed. That is the ideal version of single payer by those who support it. Option two is the same thing except that everyone would have required deductibles. This is not an optimal system. Then again, the system we have is nowhere near optimal either.
     
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    If that's your logic then technically everyone with an insurance plan already has single payer. Problem solved I guess.
     
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    I assume since government is doing the reimbursing, this would be funded through tax revenue?
     
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    They're mincing words. If you have HC through your employer, you already have socialized healthcare, not single payer. Single payer by definition suggests there's only one payer.

    If you have Medicare on the other hand, you already have single payer, and it's generally accepted that it operates far more efficiently than private insurers - That is, if you're using the payout as a percentage of "Premium" model.
     
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