A friend of mine named Haggrid held this sign at a protest for health care reform. I held the camera.
Yes, single payer would reduce the morass of contradictory claim forms that have to be waded through. I hear maybe 20 percent of doctor staff is there just to deal with the forms.
There's always a side effect to any change, however. What will happen to all those form handlers? Could they be employed doing something else?
Some march signs reflected in windows of Bellingham Herald Building as marchers walked up Chestnut Street. Many signs said, "put single payer on the table." Yes, that would reduce much of the convoluted complexity of contradicting insurance forms that patients and doctors must wade through now.
I think single payer could be very good, but even if it doesn't happen, something needs to be done.