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MoSP Movie Nights!
August 15th- 6:30pm
At the Ethical Society

Upcoming PNHP-MO
Public Presentations

Ed Weisbart, M.D.:
Aug. 21 - Ste. Genevieve
Dr. Claudia Fegan
Sept. 25 - Kansas City
Sept. 26 - Columbia
Sept. 26 - St Louis
Sept. 26 - St Louis

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MoSP Summer Movie Nights Continue August 15th!

Missourians for Single Payer (MOSP) invites you to our free summer movie: “POWER TO HEAL”, Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (lower level), 9001 Clayton Road 63017

“POWER TO HEAL” is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.

Missourians for Single Payer (MOSP), a non-partisan advocacy organization. No political party is immune from criticism in this documentary.

Ample parking is available behind the building near the rear entrance. Cancellations due to extreme weather will be posted on our website, www.mosp.us at 2 pm.


June 11, 2019

Dear friend of PNHP-MO,

We’re bringing a terrific guest speaker to MO in September and would appreciate donations to cover transportation and lodging. Details at the bottom of this note, but donations are welcome!

The economics are strong in this one.

The personal finance and national economic arguments in favor of single-payer Medicare for All are clear and compelling. On May 19, more than 200 economists wrote an open letter to Congress in support of improved Medicare for All. Among their comments: “Health care is not a service that follows standard market rules. It should therefore be provided as a public good.”

This was not a capricious statement. It was based upon at least 29 published studies, each of which demonstrated that the savings from a single-payer program would clearly pay for the expansion of health care delivered. The nation as a whole would spend less, and nearly every American would spend less.

One illustrative model of how to fund this was published by Robert Pollin at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He demonstrated that continuing the 2017 public funding of health care ($1.88 trillion), offering businesses an 8% discount on their current health care premiums (falls to $623 billion), adding a 3.75% sales tax on non-necessities ($196 billion), a 0.38% tax on net worth above the first $1 million ($193 billion), and taxing long-term capital gains as ordinary income ($69 billion) would raise more tax revenue than the $2.93 trillion it would take to fund a Medicare-for-All system, even with the expected 12% increase in health-care demand from the elimination of copays and deductibles, and the addition of pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, and audiology for us all. Although this tax proposal is not in any current legislation, and it’s not the tax model I would favor, the arithmetic demonstrates that reasonably modest adjustments to the tax code put single payer within reach.

Rural America needs Medicare for All

Another under-recognized reason we need Medicare for All is the impact it will have on the lack of access to health care in rural America. Medicare for All would create a new business case for physicians to establish practices in currently underserved areas.

It can take several years today for physicians to establish profitable medical practices. We’re essentially working retail and feel constrained to hang our shingle somewhere with patients who can pay for their care. As the above study demonstrates, that often means we can’t move back home to a rural community.

Under Medicare for All, these practices would be overnight business successes. A doc moving into town would have the advantage of becoming the first-mover, much like “Kleenex” or “Xerox.” With little competition, a community of fully-insured folks in need of our services, and virtually zero “bad debt,” starting a practice would be a far less risky business endeavor.

It would be far easier to open a small solo practice; the demands of billing and insurance administration would nearly disappear, freeing us up to focus on the practice rather than the business. Solo practices and small groups would start to return, particularly where they are so desperately needed.

In case you needed some irony...

“Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli is suing the company he founded for $30 million. From prison. Where he sits because of his own fraudulent crimes. We usually don’t want to kick someone when they’re down, but every rule has its exceptions.

Medicare for All now has even more co-sponsors!

We now have 112 co-sponsors on H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal. The past few days, Reps. Ben Ray Lugan (D-NM-3) and John Yarmuth (D-KY-3) signed on. Missouri’s own Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO-1) are original co-sponsors back to February 27 of this year.

We’ve had two Congressional hearings, and the third hearing will take place tomorrow, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. Central in the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare for All. Click here to watch the hearing live on the Ways & Means Committee YouTube page.

Upcoming public presentations:

June 17 in House Springs, MO (30 minutes outside of St. Louis)
I’ll discuss all of this stuff, and more, at the Jefferson County Engaged Citizens Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at 6482 Highway MM in House Springs, MO 63051. We’ll be in the basement, around back. Hope to see you there.

July 22, 6:00 p.m. – Belleville, IL
I’ll be discussing the newest economic and political aspects of single-payer Medicare for All at the Indivisible Bluecoats meeting at the Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220.

Wednesday, Aug 21, 6:00 p.m. – Ste. Genevieve, MO
I’ll be giving a similar talk at the Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club meeting, held in the United Steelworkers Union Hall, 950 Gabouri St., St. Genevieve, MO.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m. – Kansas City, MO
Dr. Claudia Fegan will be speaking at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64111. Dr. Fegan is the chief medical officer of the Cook County Health and Hospital System in Chicago, and national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program. RSVP here.

Thursday, Sept. 26, noon – Columbia, MO
Dr. Fegan will continue her speaking tour of MO on the Mizzou campus. Details pending.

Thursday, Sept 26, 4:00 p.m. — St. Louis, MO
Dr. Fegan will be interviewed at St. Louis University's Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics. The event will be free and open to the public, and will not require tickets or RSVPs.

Thursday, Sept 26, 7:00 p.m. – St. Louis, MO
Dr. Fegan will be speaking at the CWA Hall, 2258 Grissom Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146. Details pending.
Help us fund Dr. Fegan’s transportation and lodging by donating here.

Ed Weisbart, M.D.
Chair, PNHP-MO