pay·​er | \ ˈpā-ər How to pronounce payer (audio) \
variants: or less commonly payor \ ˈpā-​ər How to pronounce payor (audio) , (ˌ)pā-​ˈȯr \

Definition of payer

: one that pays especially : the person by whom a bill or note has been or should be paid He is a prompt bill payer.

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Medicare-for-all is energizing the party’s left wing, but nobody expects a single-payer bill to start moving through the House. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018 It was previously reported by The Mirror, back in August 2018, that the security bill alone for Eugenie's wedding to Brooksbank would be costing the tax payer £2 million (which is approximately $2.5 million). Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Is Costing More Than We Initially Thought," 22 Sep. 2018 Hicks told The Canadian Press that plans to replace the bridge is underway, and that local tax payers won't foot the bill for the cost. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Canadian Bridge Collapses the Day It Opens," 19 Sep. 2018 But the fact of the matter is there are 194 House Democrats, 122 of them have signed on as cosponsors to Medicare-for-all, which is single- payer health care, which would cost $32 trillion. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout," 22 July 2018 The speaker and the freshmen remain united in their desire, among other things, to impose single-payer health care, increase environmental regulations and, yes, impeach Mr. Trump. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Democrats Contend With the ‘Anger Translator’," 8 Jan. 2019 The younger Sanders, a legal services analyst, has repeatedly slammed Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, one of the two front-runners in the race, over his lack of support for a ‘Medicare for all’ single-payer health care plan. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Republicans see glimmer of hope in raucous, crowded, nasty New Hampshire House race," 10 Sep. 2018 The risk is that a Democratic Congress would work with President Trump to impose price controls on prescription drugs, which is pavement on the road to single payer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Consequential Congress," 1 Nov. 2018 The Democrat has previously supported moving to a single-payer system, though earlier state-level plans for universal health care have foundered and may be simply impossible unless the Trump administration is willing to approve it. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of payer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of payer

: a person, organization, etc., that pays or is responsible for paying something


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