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H. R. 676

Health & Wellness  (tags: healthcare, national health care, uninsured americans )

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Why haven't we heard about the U. S. National Health Insurance Act we can't wait for the election. It needs our support now!


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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday July 23, 2008, 8:27 pm
YES ON HR 676 Congressman John Conyers | Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday July 23, 2008, 8:28 pm
How it would help!

* HR 676 establishes an American-styled national health insurance program. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered health care program that uses the already existing Medicare program by expanding and improving it to all U.S. residents, and all residents living in U.S. territories. The goal of the legislation is to ensure that all Americans, guaranteed by law, will have access to the highest quality and cost effective health care services regardless of ones employment, income, or health care status.
* With over 45-75 million uninsured Americans, and another 50 million who are under insured, it is time to change our inefficient and costly fragmented health care system.
* Physicians For A National Health Program reports that under a Medicare For All plan, we could save over $286 billion dollars a year in total health care costs.
* We would move away from our present system where annual family premiums have increased upwards to $9,068 this year.
* Under HR 676, a family of three making $40,000 per year would spend approximately $1600 per year for health care coverage.
* Medicare for All would allow the United States to reduce its almost $2 trillion health care expenditure per year while covering all of the uninsured and everybody else for more than they are getting under their current health care plans.
* In 2005, without reform, the average employer who offers coverage will contribute $2,600 to health care per employee (for much skimpier benefits).

Under HR 676, the average costs to employers for an employee making $30,000 per year will be reduced to $1,155 per year; less than $100 per month.
Who is Eligible!

Every person living in the United States and the U.S. Territories would receive a United States National Health Insurance Card and identification number once they enroll at the appropriate location. Social Security numbers may not be used when assigning identification. cards. No co-pays or deductibles are permissible under this act.
Health Care Services Covered!

This program will cover all medically-necessary services, including primary care, inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care, prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, long term care, mental health services, dentistry, eye care, chiropractic, and substance abuse treatment. Patients have their choice of physicians, providers, hospitals, clinics, and practices. Medicare will be improved and everybody will get it.
Conversion to A Non-Profit Health Care System!

Private health insurers shall be prohibited under this act from selling coverage that duplicates the

benefits of the Medicare for All program.
Cost Containment Provisions/Reimbursement

The Medicare for All program will annually set reimbursement rates for physicians, health care providers; and negotiate prescription drug prices. The national office will provide an annual lump sum allotment to each existing Medicare region, which will then administer the program. Payment to health care providers include fee for service, and global budgets. Doctors will be paid based on their current reimbursement rates. The conversion to a not-for- profit health care system will take place over a 15 year period, through the sale of U.S. treasury bonds;

The United States Congress will establish annual funding outlays for the Medicare for All program through an annual entitlement, to be administered by the Medicare program. A U. S. National Health Insurance Advisory Board will be established, comprised primarily of health care professionals and representatives of citizen health advocacy groups.
Proposed Funding

Maintaining current federal and state funding of existing health care programs! A modest payroll tax on all employers and employees of 3.3% each. A 5% health tax on the top 5% of income earners. A small tax on stock and bond transfers. Closing corporate tax loop-holes, and repealing the Bush tax cut for the highest 1% of income earners.

Margi L (129)
Wednesday July 23, 2008, 8:53 pm
I attended a meeting for input into the Obama health care platform. A lady brought this information into the meeting. This is the first any of us had heard of it! Why is Obama reinventing the wheel here? This is exactly what we need to do! We already spend a fortune in tax dollars to provide health care to targeted groups, but duplicate the bureaucracy in each program. Still leaving millions uninsured. This really is doable!!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 17, 2008, 7:59 pm
Jim Macdonald explains McCain's healthcare plan: "Make it more expensive, make it riskier, and for some people, make it nonexistent." And Teresa and friends ruminate on how we got here.

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 3:40 pm

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million NewFirst-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

The number of jobs created by a single-payer system, expanding and upgrading Medicare to cover everyone, parallels almost exactly the total job loss in 2008.


Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 5:54 pm
Obama Flips: Now Calls For Universal Healthcare Coverage Mandate

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 10:47 pm
Angry Bear: Health care is 20% by volume of the stim discussion?
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