pay·​er | \ˈpā-ər \
variants: or less commonly payor \ˈpā-​ər, (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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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 What will be up there is moving forward to a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders Believes the 2018 Midterms Are a Chance for Young Voters to "Transform America"," 2 Nov. 2018 Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked New York's political establishment by unseating longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary in June, cited the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Germany as countries with similar single-payer health systems. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Ocasio-Cortez: 'Medicare for all' would save 'very large amount of money,' despite studies showing $30T cost," 16 Sep. 2018 In some states and districts, that means nominating full-throated advocates of single-payer health care, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing or at least overhauling the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates," 11 Sep. 2018 In that race, El-Sayed was the candidate running to the left, refusing corporate PAC donations and advocating for a statewide single-payer health care program called MichCare. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Rashida Tlaib Is About to Be the First Muslim Woman in Congress," 8 Aug. 2018 Thus differences over whether the federal government should offer a public health-insurance option or introduce a single-payer system can become litmus tests for the party’s progressive wing. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 These basic market-clearing principles cannot operate in a single-payer system. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 Among other things, these newcomers want Democratic leaders to more aggressively confront President Trump’s policies and openly embrace liberal priorities, like a single-payer healthcare system. Sarah D. Wire,, "Surprise defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley may signal Democratic unease about Pelosi's leadership team," 27 June 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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