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Resoultion No. 32 - Support for Single Payer Healthcare System for Illinois

SUPPORT FOR A SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR ILLINOIS
Submitted by: University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100

WHEREAS, the United States spends more money per capita on healthcare than any other industrialized nation1; and

WHEREAS, healthcare outcomes in the U.S. are no better than outcomes in any other industrialized nation, and by some measures significantly worse2; and

WHEREAS, the healthcare system created by the 2009 Affordable Care Act will benefit the entire nation by lowering insurance premiums and improving access to healthcare; and

WHEREAS, one weakness of the federal act is that it does not incorporate incentives for keeping healthcare costs down; and

WHEREAS, healthcare spending is the major contributor to the budget deficit and debt in the State of Illinois; and

WHEREAS, healthcare spending as a percent of Illinois’ gross state product has increased from 12.2 percent in 2004 and is expected to continue to increase at an accelerated rate; and

WHEREAS, the higher state spending on healthcare, the greater the pressure to reduce benefits for state employees; and

WHEREAS, the State of Vermont is exploring several different plans for state healthcare reform, and their investigations show that covering citizens more effectively significantly reduces healthcare costs; and

WHEREAS, even systems which, mirroring Japan and Germany, create a state agency to handle all claims result in significant cost savings by reducing the funds insurance companies and healthcare providers spend on administrating claims; and

WHEREAS, single payer systems, which create a common pool of money to fund claims, increase these savings by eliminating the necessity for marketing, further reducing costs for administering claims, and reducing "defensive medicine"; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) explores ways that a similar plan might be developed for the State of Illinois; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that IFT supports the implementation of a single payer healthcare plan for the State of Illinois.

1Human Development Report, United Nations, 2007 http://www.hdr.undp.org
2 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2010 www.oecd.org/health/healthdata

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