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Enact a Single-payer Medicare-for-all Program
  • Petitioning President of the United States

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Enact a Single-payer Medicare-for-all Program

    1. Jeremiah Smith
    2. Petition by

      Jeremiah Smith

      Mount Holly, NC

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.

The Solution: 

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!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Single-Payer Bill to be Reintroduced

      Jeremiah Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Rep. John Conyers is going to reintroduce national, single-payer healthcare legislation very soon--sometime this week.

      Before he introduces the bill, Mr. Conyers would like to have as many original cosponsors as possible. Please call your Representative today and ask them to cosponsor HR 676.

      Healthcare-NOW! - Call Congress - Single-Payer Bill to be Reintroduced

      Ask your Representative to become an original cosponsor of HR 676: "The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act." today! Rep. John Conyers is going to reintroduce national, single-payer healthcare legislation very soon-sometime this week. Before he introduces the bill, Mr. Conyers would like to have as many original cosponsors as possible.

    3. Support Our Cause

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      Enact Universal, Single-Payer Medicare for All

      I just signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: 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.

    4. Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

      Jeremiah Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed | National Nurses United

      Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed , 7/9/12 Key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , most of which are phased in by 2014: Individual mandate. Anyone who currently has no health insurance, i.e.

    5. Senator Stabenow (D-Mich.) Advocates Medicare for all

      Jeremiah Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Sen. Debbie Stabenow urged supporters of President Obama's healthcare law to see a single-payer system as its natural successor.

      "In my vision, someday, we see Medicare for all," she told the crowd. The Affordable Care Act "is a step forward, but in life, in change, in a democracy, we take [things] step by step."

      Read more:

      'Medicare for all,' Stabenow says - The Hill's Healthwatch

      Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) urged supporters of President Obama's healthcare law to see a single-payer system as its natural successor. Stabenow backed Medicare-for-all at a gathering Thursday of consumer health advocates held by Families USA, a major supporter of healthcare reform. "In my vision, someday, we see Medicare for all," she told the crowd.

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Myths and Facts on Financing Single-Payer

      Jeremiah Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Myth: National health insurance would require large new taxes.
      Fact: No increase in total health spending is needed to finance single payer. The increase in taxes required to finance national health insurance would be fully offset by a reduction in out-of-pocket costs and premiums.

      Myth: Covering the uninsured is unaffordable.
      Fact: 31 percent of current health spending is squandered on administrative tasks related to our fragmented payment system with hundreds of different health plans rather than invested in patient care. Over $350 billion – about half of the money currently wasted on overhead and bureaucracy – could be
      saved with simplified single-payer administration, enough to cover all the 46 million uninsured. Covering the uninsured is affordable; keeping the current private insurance system intact is not.

      Source:
      Physicians for a National Health Program
      http://goo.gl/kCEWT

    8. Reached 50 signatures
    9. Video on Single-Payer Healthcare

      Jeremiah Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This video succinctly explains why we need Improved Medicare-for-all. It could be a great tool for making your case with friends and family. Please share along with a link to our petition...
      http://goo.gl/dZVoX

      what is single payer?

      a short film describing the in's and out's of bill HR 676.

    10. Get Involved

      Jeremiah Smith
      Petition Organizer

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    11. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jo Lake N.LIBERTY, IN
      • 3 months ago

      It makes the most economic sense...and Congressmen could begin to pay their fair share too!!!

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    • Patricia Navone ARGENTINA
      • 3 months ago

      I have family living in the United States

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    • Wanda Fry CARLISLE, PA
      • 4 months ago

      HeritageCare/ACA/ObamaCare is a start, but it's based on ineffective, inefficient private insurance (~12-30% overheard). Medicare is more cost effective and efficient healthcare system there is (1 percent overheard). Medicare Advantage costs more than Medicare Parts A&B, but delivers less.

      Giving everyone Medicare would also benefit current recipients by stopping the current discrimination against Medicare patients.

      Everyone deserves cost effective Medicare, either as an option or for everyone.

      The practice of cutting part-time employees hours to avoid insurance coverage could be eliminated if every employer paid a set percentage of their employees salary towards Medicare for everyone. Then, two 20 hour employees at minimum wage would be equal to one 40 hour employee.

      Medicare would have better negotiating power if everyone had it and cuts would not be constantly on the table.

      Medicare for all could be phased in by first adding children, then lowering the adult qualifying age automatically each year.

      Anything is better than being slave to for profit health insurance.

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    • Joan Kelly VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • 5 months ago

      Because a sick country is a broke country! Damn, can't you get that?

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    • Virginia Lake PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      Because Obama care if already failing.

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