Business Alliance for Single Payer

What We Believe 


Health care is a human right. A simpler, publicly funded system would deliver real reform: better care at lower costs for our companies and the people we employ and serve. As business leaders, we believe in the following cost-effective principles:

  • Transparency: Everything about the system -- all data, cost, and political influence -- must be subject to public scrutiny and open to rigorous economic and scientific analysis. Personnel data must be protected as required by law.

  • Evidence-based: All decisions must be evidence-based and data-driven.

  • Cost vs. Value: All services, drugs and equipment must be priced at levels that reflect the values of individuals and the public good of the country with no compromise in quality. 

  • Lean Production: All processes involved in the financing and delivery of care must use “lean” production techniques;” no wasteful, costly middlemen; a focus on high-quality, start-to-finish, continuous -improvement guideposts; and a drive to reduce costs, including in the supply chain of component equipment and services.

  • Competitive: To the fullest extent possible, the system must foster true competition in the market for medical goods and services. Where monopolies exist through patents, effective regulation must be established to empower purchasers to achieve reasonable costs.

"When businesses understand the benefits of single payer and speak out, there will be no stopping the movement for universal health care."

-Wendel Potter, former insurance company executive; President and CEO, To Be Fair, Inc.

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