One Nation – One Plan –
Support H.R. 676 – The United States
National Health Insurance Act
“Expanded & Improved Medicare for All”
AfD Joins the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, the National Single Payer Coalition
The Leadership Conference is an independent, non-partisan, voluntary collaboration of a diverse group of organizations – labor, faith, social and economic justice – nurses, teachers and medical professionals - that seeks to mobilize massive nation-wide grassroots public support for single payer healthcare reform and passage of H.R. 676.
The mission of the Coalition is to win a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly funded healthcare program, with a single standard of care for all residents of the United States.
H.R. 676, authored by Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, was introduced to the 110th Congress on January 24, 2007 and currently has 93 sponsors. It will need to be re-introduced in the new 111th Congress. We must increase the number of sponsors and make sure it is passed by the House of Representatives. See Take Action Now below.
HR 676, the "Medicare for All Act," is being reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. John Conyers with the same bill number. Under the legislation, the federal government becomes the "single payer" just like with Medicare. This will eliminate the costly paperwork generated by the hundreds of complicated and redundant payment plans currently imposed on doctors' offices and hospitals by private "for profit" health insurance companies and save BILLIONS of dollars every year. And like with Medicare, there will be no change in the private delivery of health services by doctors and hospitals who will be able to eliminate endless paperwork and serve your needs much more effectively. Just imagine what a huge benefit this will be!
Bad Healthcare Reform Must be Stopped! Urgent Action Needed
The Senate (Senators Max Baucus and Edward Kennedy) is proposing a healthcare reform plan that will mandate health insurance coverage for every person in the United States. Individual mandates are bad policy because they subsidize the private health insurance industry, enriching CEOs and corporations. It does not insure more people, and it will likely worsen the more inhumane aspects of our current healthcare system.
We need to tell our elected officials to support national, single-payer healthcare instead. If you're interested in helping, tell your congressperson you want single-payer healthcare (H.R. 676). See Take Action Now below.
And, “Obama Does Not Support HR 676.” Obama’s plan continues the status quo of government subsidized private corporate health insurance operating parallel to and within the lower overhead Medicare system.
NOTE: Don’t be confused by the Healthcare for America NOW (HCAN) plan.The name is similar to Healthcare-NOW, but private insurance companies play a central role in the HCAN reform that offers a mix of public funding and private insurance. This mix of private and public funding is similar to the Massachusetts Plan that analyists and experts in healthcare reform consider inadequate and failed policy.
Read: Massachusetts Health Reform: Solution or Stopgap? Questions about the Massachusetts health plan? This brochure might help you sort through this recently popular “blueprint” for a national healthcare plan. Get all the details about the limits of mandates and keeping private health insurance companies in the mix. From the brochure: Massachusetts health reform (known as “Chapter 58″) has been billed as a “model for the nation” and a “blueprint to universal coverage.” This rhetoric has generated expectations that Massachusetts residents of all incomes will be able to get affordable coverage. This hype distracts us from what really has been achieved, what hasn’t, and the strengths and weaknesses of the political strategy that brought us the new law.
What Is National Health Insurance (NHI)?
To begin with, it is NOT “Socialized Medicine”, far from it in fact. Also, it does not mean that our medical system will be taken over by the government and run like the post office as many of our opposition friends would mistakenly have you believe.
Taxes: We all know that nothing of any real value is ever free, but if you think of the taxes that will be required to support national health insurance as simply a lower cost alternative to the staggering private health insurance premiums that most of us already have to pay but which will be totally eliminated under the new system, then it becomes immediately clear that this could be a really good deal after all!
January 15th CALL! CALL! CALL!
National Call-In Day for HR 676
The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare/National Single Payer Coalition Steering Committee adopted an action plan for two national call-in days to Congressional members to support HR676.
The first national call-in day was Monday, December 22nd and it was a total success! Hundreds of calls were made across the country, and Senator Kennedy’s office was flooded with single-payer support.
The second national call-in day is January 15th. Find out how to contact your representatives from Project Vote Smart.
Friday, January 9, 2009
One Nation – One Plan –