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Indigenous Peoples of the United StatesCommittee on Energy and CommerceHealthCommittee on Natural ResourcesCommittee on Ways and MeansHealthIntroducedFebruary 3rd, 2015
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Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.
Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act Establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care. Prohibits an institution from participating unless it is a public or nonprofit institution. Allows nonprofit health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that deliver care in their own facilities to participate. Allows patients to choose from participating physicians and institutions. Prohibits a private health insurer from selling health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act. Allows insurers to sell benefits that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic surgery benefits. Sets forth methods to pay institutional providers of care and health professionals for services. Prohibits financial incentives between HMOs and physicians based on utilization. Establishes the Medicare for All Trust Fund to finance the Program with amounts deposited: (1) from existing sources of government revenues for health care, (2) by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% of income earners, (3) by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income, (4) by instituting a tax on unearned income, and (5) by instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions. Transfers and appropriates to carry out this Act amounts that would have been appropriated for federal public health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Requires the Medicare for All Program to give employment transition benefits and first priority in retraining and job placement to individuals whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced clerical and administrative work. Requires creation of a confidential electronic patient record system. Establishes a National Board of Universal Quality and Access to provide advice on quality, access, and affordability. Requires the eventual integration of the Indian Health Service into the Program, and an evaluation of the continued independence of Department of Veterans Affairs health programs.
It is time for a Single Payer System to be available for all Americans. Provisions should be made for those who want to remain with the existing health insurance model of selecting an insurance company and paying for it yourself, but for the rest of American's who want a Single Payer that needs to be the main program supported for ALL AMERICANS!
I'd like to heavily encourage Rep. O'Halleran to support H.R. 676. The United States needs healthcare reform that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy. A national single payer system is the most cost efficient solution to the problem, and it's equitable and puts us in line with other industrialized nations that guarantee all of their people healthcare. It is a human right, and too many Americans are left behind in our current system. Therefore, it is a moral imperative that we do everything we can to guarantee no one will have to forgo medical care because they fear the cost. The millions of Americans who cannot afford healthcare and those who are underinsured or facing high deductibles are depending on us to speak up for them. As a future physician, I hope that I never have a patient that waits too long to seek care because they can't afford to pay. I hope you'll support me and over 100 House Democrats in protecting the health of all Americans.
Republicans’ AHCA “health care” bill is not really about health care. It’s not about improving access to health insurance, or reducing premiums, or making sure you get to keep your doctor if you like your doctor. And it’s certainly not about preventing people from dying in the streets. Instead, it’s about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts — tax cuts that will quietly pave the way for more profits, and far larger, tax cuts. The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation has released a series of estimates showing what some of the tax-related provisions of Trumpcare would do. Among the biggest are repeals of two ACA surtaxes on the highest-earning Americans: a 0.9 percent payroll tax add-on and a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for couples whose incomes exceed $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals). Repealing these would cost $275 billion over the next decade. The best replacement choice is not an "upward spiraling profiteering scheme" but an improved Medicare for All that provides affordable, accessible health care for everyone, like the one outlined in H.R. 676. H.R.676 was filed in the last Congress and covers health/medical care for all Americans, and significantly lowers costs by eliminating the private health insurance industry with its massive overhead and immense profits. H.R. 676, "The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act," would establish a unique American universal health insurance program with single-payer financing. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that improves and expands the existing Medicare program to everyone.
I believe that a single payer system is what this country needs. I believe that every American should be able to see a doctor and get medical treatment when needed, without having to declare bankruptcy or go without treatment with possible life ending consequences. I believe that affordable healthcare should be a right and that under the promote the general welfare clause in the preamble was supported by the founding fathers. So please vote yes on H.R. 676. It is time we join the rest of the industrialized nations a provide healthcare for all Americas citizens.