The best and only practical solution to the United States health care crisis is creating a single-payer system as proposed in House bill H.R. 676, the “Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.”
H.R. 676 provides the following benefits.
• Covers everybody
House bill 676 (H.R. 676) covers everybody with no exceptions. More than 60 million people were uninsured during some part of 2010, and at least 29 million will likely be uninsured in 2020. Under H.R. 676 there would be zero uninsured.
• Allows you to choose any doctor
Under H.R. 676 you can select any doctor and hospital. You would no longer be limited to medical providers that are in your insurance network.
• Eliminates insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles
Under H.R. 676 there would be no out-of-pocket costs for doctor visits, hospital stays, or prescription drugs.
• Saves money for 95 percent of the population
H.R. 676 would be financed through taxes on income and financial transactions saving money for most Americans.
• Covers more services than current insurance plans
All necessary medical procedures, prescription drugs, and mental health services, are covered. Covered medical services include preventive care, vision care, dental care, and hospital visits. Covered equipment includes hearing aids, wheelchairs, and durable medical equipment.
• Reduces the 45,000 deaths associated with lack of health insurance
Every 12 minutes, a person dies due to diseases left untreated because of a lack of health insurance.
• Ends medical bankruptcies
Sixty-two percent of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are linked to medical bills or illness, and three-quarters of those bankrupted had health insurance when they got sick. Medical bankruptcies affect about 2.3 million people per year—about one person every 15 seconds.
The downloadable H.R. 676 handout can be found here.