Single Payer Health Care2018-10-27T23:34:48+00:00

Project Description

Single Payer Health Care

I believe that health care is a basic human right.

And I will work to enact legislation that provides for it – for all Americans.

I will support H.R. Bill 676,  introduced on January 24, 2017. This bill establishes a Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with health care, paid for by the United States Government. The plan 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.

The bill as currently written funds the program through these sources:

  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

  5. by instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions

  6. Amounts that would have been appropriated for federal public health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are transferred and appropriated to carry out this bill

Other sections of the bill include:

  1. the program must 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 under this bill

  2. the Department of Health and Human Services must create a confidential electronic patient record system

  3. the bill establishes a National Board of Universal Quality and Access to provide advice on quality, access, and affordability

* I will work to amend this payment structure to remove bullet 3. I would make up the difference by shifting money from the military budget, which accounts for more than half of discretionary spending.

I don’t believe we can continue to look at health care as a commodity, that some of us are simply priced out of. Our re-purposed economic model must provide a baseline standard of living, below which no one can be allowed to fall. Health care must be included in that standard. Our nation can afford to do that. It is not a financial question, but rather a question of political will.

It is time we demand that, and as your United States Senator, I will do just that!