We, the undersigned, urge The President and The United States Congress to pass H.R. 676, a single-payer Medicare-for-all program which will provide comprehensive health insurance coverage for all Americans.
The health care crisis in the United States is worsening. Our current private health insurance system is the most costly, wasteful, complicated and bureaucratic in the world.
Over 46 million Americans lack health insurance. A comparable number are underinsured. Those with insurance are paying more in premiums and more out-of-pocket as well. And even the insured may face bankruptcy if they get sick. Many have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for food and housing.
A national, universal, publicly funded health care system, or Improved Medicare for All, as defined by U.S. House Bill H.R. 676, the U.S. National Health Care Act.
The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that builds on the existing Medicare program. It would improve and expand Medicare to cover all U.S. residents.
A single-payer Medicare-for-all program would:
-automatically enroll everyone in the plan
-provide comprehensive health insurance coverage for all medically necessary care and drugs
-allow free choice of doctor and hospital, the choice Americans want and value.
-eliminate all co-pays and deductibles
-finance care through progressive taxation, with people paying less than what they are paying now for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses
-create a public, nonprofit agency to pay all the bills, simplifying administration, paperwork and bureaucracy
-boost job growth and the entire U.S. economy by reducing the burden of health costs on businesses
-respond to what doctors and their patients need, not what corporate executives and their stockholders want
It's time to choose people over profits!