HR 676 = Healthcare Equality   Leave a comment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare is not the solution to our nation’s healthcare challenge. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to have an answer. Healthcare costs have been spiraling out of control for over three decades and something has to be done before it gets to the point that nobody can afford medical care. Even businesses are reducing the benefit that they will pay for their employees healthcare. ACA may have slowed the rise in costs but it has not brought it down.

The only real solution for our nation is to remove the profit from healthcare. As long as profit is part of the equation there will be a conflict of interest in regard to providing care and the bottom line and all too often it is the patient that suffers as the bottom line is the priority.

HR 676 is a single-payer, true universal healthcare plan. It would leave the medical providers as the owners and operators of their practices in the private sector as not-for-profit entities. It would eliminate the need for the for-profit healthcare insurance industry. The program would be paid for by increasing the Medicare tax to 4.5% (would be less than what most of us pay in insurance premiums now). Businesses would see their taxes rise as well (again would be less than the benefits they currently provide for their employees).

HR 676 would provide comprehensive medical care at no cost to the patient and would include medical, dental and vision. No co-pays, no deductibles, no out-of-pocket medical bills. This would eliminate the bankruptcies and foreclosures that are the result of medical bills.

HR 676 sometimes referred to as Improved and Expanded Medicare for All. Research this for yourself. There are a couple of good web sites to go to. One is Healthcare-Now and another is Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan.

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Posted March 1, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Health Care

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