Ours is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not provide healthcare for its people. With costs increasing much faster than inflation, many advocates say we should follow Canadaâ€™s lead. Our northern neighborâ€™s publicly-funded healthcare system annually spends about $1,600 per person for healthcare compared to the $6,000 per person we spend. The World Health Organization reports that Canadians are just as healthy as we are, if not more so. Advocates warn that our growing healthcare costs are the biggest single driver of our budget deficit. The passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, was the first major change in our healthcare system since 1965. Some Americans do not support this law for a variety of reasons and several states have decided against implementing it. Others object to Obamacare because it forces everyone to buy insurance from HMOs, claiming these firms are the main reason our healthcare system is so expensive and inefficient compared to other nations. However, the ACAâ€™s marketplace health insurance exchanges have been credited with exerting downward pressure on healthcare prices due to increased competition. Supporters claim this law is helping HMOâ€™s become more efficient while prohibiting the abuses allowed by previous HMO policies. If all states participated, 30 million additional people would have healthcare than before the ACAâ€™s passage, and this would increase our populationâ€™s coverage to 95%. Even so, nearly 20 million Americans would still be without healthcare coverage. Many say the ACA is not the final solution to our nationâ€™s healthcare crisis. They say that HMOâ€™s are still charging us too much for their services, and that universal coverage and significant savings will only be achieved with a â€œsingle payerâ€ or â€œpublic optionâ€ healthcare system. Canada has a single-payer system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays everyoneâ€™s healthcare costs. Studies show this option would still be cheaper than what our nation is currently spending on all health services. A public option is a healthcare system operated by the government which would compete with private insurers. Supporters claim this competition would compel HMOs to become more efficient and affordable. An example of a public option system would be to allow Medicare to provide free healthcare services for all Americans who wish to participate. Opponents claim the quality of care will suffer with a government-run healthcare system. However, surveys have shown those receiving Medicare and Veterans health benefits are very satisfied with these government-provided healthcare services.
S.177 – ObamaCare Repeal Act
H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
I oppose reforming current national health insurance policy and wish to defeat S.177 and H.R.45
I support repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of this enactment; restoring provisions of law amended by such Acts, and wish to pass S.177 (House version passed)
I support providing all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that 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; giving patients the freedom to choose from participating physicians and institutions; establishing the Medicare for All Trust Fund to finance the Program with amounts deposited from existing sources of government revenues for health care, increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% income earners, instituting a modest and progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income, instituting a modest tax on unearned income, and instituting a small tax on stock and bond transactions; sets forth methods to pay institutional providers of care and health professionals for services and prohibits financial incentives between HMOs and physicians based on utilization, and wish to pass H.R.676