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Dick Gephardt : Another Dem in the pocket of Insurance Companies

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Secular Talk : "Dem Leader To Health Insurance CEOs: Universal Healthcare Won’t Happen"
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https://theintercept.com/2017/07/01/dick-gephardt-single-payer-health-insurance-lobbyists/

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The mere prospect of single payer, however, has elicited swift derision from some corners of the party, with Dick Gephardt, the former Democratic House minority leader, laughing off the idea at a health insurance conference earlier this month.

“Not in my lifetime,” scoffed Gephardt, when asked if the United States will ever adopt such a system.


Gephardt, who serves as a Democratic “superdelegate” responsible for choosing the party’s presidential nominee, was asked about the possibility of single payer at the Centene Corporation annual investor day conference at The Pierre, a ritzy five-star hotel in New York City.

Centene, which merged with Health Net two years ago, is a health insurance company that sells coverage in 28 states. At the conference, which included investors and Centene executives as well as lobbyists, an unidentified participant asked Gephardt about whether the industry should fear being replaced by a single-payer-style system. Such a move, the questioner remarked, would present an “existential threat.”

“There is no way you could pass single payer in any intermediate future,” Gephardt declared. America, he added, has the “greatest health care system in the world, bar none.” And while single payer would provide universal coverage, there would be less quality and innovation without the “involvement of the private sector.”

Haley Barbour, the former Republican National Committee chair, another speaker at the event, chimed in to agree. “Hear, hear. Put me down as agreeing with Leader Gephardt as usual,” Barbour chuckled.


The claim that single payer suppresses innovation is an old argument that does not stand up to scrutiny. Most medical innovation in the U.S. are already government funded, through universities receiving federal subsidies and grants, as well as through the National Institutes of Health. A single-payer insurance system, like Medicare, would simply negotiate for lower prices from providers, and would likely steer savings towards greater investments in research and development. Claims about lower quality care are also highly disputed, given that countries with single payer and tightly regulated universal health systems perform much higher than the U.S. in a range of health outcomes.

Gephardt, notably, became a corporate lobbyist after serving as a populist Democratic lawmaker from Missouri. His clients have included Peabody Coal and Goldman Sachs, among others. He also serves on the board of Centene, receiving annual compensation of around $315,965 in cash and stock awards.

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Re: Dick Gephardt : Another Dem in the pocket of Insurance Companies
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 08:44:56 PM »
But Hillary!

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Re: Dick Gephardt : Another Dem in the pocket of Insurance Companies
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 09:36:26 PM »
Dick Gephardt: murderer of the sick and elderly, right?

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Re: Dick Gephardt : Another Dem in the pocket of Insurance Companies
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 11:46:50 PM »
It's so weird when people confuse "quality of care" with "healthcare system".