Jamie Love, MPA
Director of Knowledge Ecology International
(formerly Consumer Project on Technology, founded by Ralph Nader).
Besides saving lives, a single-payer system saves money because it cuts out the profits and administrative wastes of private healthinsurance, allows for global budgeting, and gives the single payer the ability to negotiate prices on medications, services and devices.
Medicare is currently forbidden by law to negotiate drug prices, resulting in wasted public dollars and lack of access to needed medications by millions of seniors and the disabled.
The push to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices is gaining momentum. Bills have been introduced in Congress. Will winning this battle—based on a fundamental principle of a single-payer system--be the path toward improved Medicare for all? And how would proposed provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership affect governments' abilities to negotiate drug prices?
Jamie Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), formerly Consumer Project on Technology, founded by Ralph Nader in 1995. In 2006, KEI received a MacArthur Award for its work on how knowledge and intellectual property rights can be directed to address human needs. A leading international expert on drug access, Love advises UN agencies, national governments, intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs.
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