We Need A Senate Version Of Improved Medicare For All

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The healthcare debate is expected to go on for a while as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) goes through the process in Congress and Democrats introduce attempts to patch up the failing Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both the AHCA and the ACA treat health care as a commodity rather than a public service. Health care is treated as a public service in all other industrialized nations and it was also treated that way in the United States before the passage of the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, which permitted entities to profit from health care.

It’s time to fight for a solution to the ongoing healthcare crisis in the United States. We are spending twice as much per person each year on health care than most other industrialized nations, enough to provide comprehensive high quality health care to everyone. We could have one of the best healthcare systems in the world, but first we have to create a National Improved Medicare for All single payer healthcare system.

HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act has 112 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, a record number since it was first introduced in 2003. HR 676 is a gold standard framework for a national health insurance. A Senate version of the bill is needed in order to put us in a strong position to achieve a high quality healthcare system.

Although Senator Sanders campaigned heavily on Medicare for All, he back-tracked last fall after the election and said that he would not introduce a single payer bill. Activists urged him to change his mind and Senator Sanders did agree to introduce a Medicare for All bill, but it falls short of HR 676 in critical areas (as outlined in the letter below).

Members of the Health Over Profit for Everyone steering committee sent the letter below to Senator Sanders last week urging him to introduce a Senate companion bill to HR 676 soon.

If you agree, please sign the petition, which will send an email to his staff, and share this letter widely.

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Senator Sanders:

We are writing you as long-time supporters of expanding and improving Medicare to ensure that every person in the United States has excellent healthcare coverage from cradle to grave.

The current backlash against the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is an opportunity to build support for National Improved Medicare for All. Millions of people are facing the loss of health insurance at a time when people in the United States have the expectation that everyone should be covered.

As the Senate considers a “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act for months or even the remainder of the year, it is important that National Improved Medicare for all be part of the dialogue.

We are writing to urge you to introduce a Senate bill to make improved Medicare available to everyone so people can see that there is a positive alternative to whatever the Republicans are debating. There is no more important and timely moment to introduce your single-payer bill, than now.

And we urge you to make it the strongest bill possible – one that is implemented rapidly (within two years of passage) and is consistent with the standards set forth in HR 676. Critical elements are that everyone is included, that it is a single system with non-duplication, coverage is comprehensive, out-of-pocket costs are eliminated and investor-owned entities are phased out.

In order to build the urgently needed movement for improved Medicare for all we must move aggressively and not be delayed by a debate over the counterproductive Republican plan or the fatally flawed ACA.

Every year this law is delayed has adverse impacts on hundreds of thousands of people. We need to move quickly.

Please do not delay introduction of your expanded and improved Medicare for all bill while the Senate debates which inadequate market-based healthcare bill should be law. The answer to that debate is neither – market-based healthcare should be replaced with healthcare as a public good, a National Improved Medicare for All.

Sincerely,

The Health Over Profit for Everyone steering committee

  • Aquifer

    Signed …

  • mmckinley

    Signed …

  • mwildfire

    I signed, but neither the article nor the letter clarifies what’s wrong with the bill Sanders has apparently proposed.

  • DHFabian

    I’m trying to figure out how, if this ever went beyond being just some unattainable notion, this would work. People aren’t amenable to discussing the proverbial elephant in the living room, but reality can be a stubborn thing.

    The UN’s UDHR lists the fundamental human rights as food, shelter and medical care. The US decided otherwise, and ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s. Since then, the overall life expectancy of the US poor has fallen below that of every developed country. What would be the logic of providing anything more than emergency room services to our very poor, just to dump them back on the streets, denied adequate food and shelter?

    As far as I can figure out, “Medicare for All” would actually be a multi-level health care system, rather than universal health care. It would provide real health care services for the working class, and as is true today, the equivalent of only emergency room services for the jobless. Is this correct?

  • Margaret Flowers

    These are the areas where it falls short:
    “And we urge you to make it the strongest bill possible – one that is implemented rapidly (within two years of passage) and is consistent with the standards set forth in HR 676. Critical elements are that everyone is included, that it is a single system with non-duplication, coverage is comprehensive, out-of-pocket costs are eliminated and investor-owned entities are phased out.”

  • Margaret Flowers

    I urge you to educate yourself on this issue. The simplest way is to read the bill here https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr676%22%5D%7D&r=1

    The summary states:
    “This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide 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.

    Only public or nonprofit institutions may participate. Nonprofit health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that deliver care in their own facilities may participate.

    Patients may choose from participating physicians and institutions.

    Health insurers may not sell health insurance that duplicates the benefits provided under this bill.”

  • Kapricorn4

    What is needed is a universal basic income funded with debt free US Treasury notes.
    “When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

  • Marcia Everett

    Testing

  • Marcia Everett

    REVISED 6/7/17
    Please let your website join us in this campaign. Asking everyone to put up as many signs that say HR676. Start on your front door, then on your vehicle, and then in your town. You can probably make a better sounding announcement than I can. But this is mine:
    WINDOW TREATMENT CAMPAIGN
    Get HR 676 UP EVERYWHERE
    Once upon a time curtains were called a window treatment.
    Playing on the pun of “treatment” needed for our sick healthcare system,
    Let’s make OUR WINDOWS well!! Put a VERY VISIBLE. HR 676 on a placard in your home and auto windows. If you can put a sign EVERYWHERE you put up a POLITICAL CANDIDATE POSTER.
    Get enough people to begin asking what this is. When the news is explaining we will know we have saturation.
    Part two: write a post card to Senators Sanders and Booker asking them to submit HR676 exact wording to the senate.

  • Marcia Everett

    Won’t allow linkREVISED 6/7/17
    Please let your website join us in this campaign. Asking everyone to put up as many signs that say HR676. Start on your front door, then on your vehicle, and then in your town. You can probably make a better sounding announcement than I can. But this is mine:
    WINDOW TREATMENT CAMPAIGN
    Get HR 676 UP EVERYWHERE
    Once upon a time curtains were called a window treatment.
    Playing on the pun of “treatment” needed for our sick healthcare system,
    Let’s make OUR WINDOWS well!! Put a VERY VISIBLE. HR 676 on a placard in your home and auto windows. If you can put a sign EVERYWHERE you put up a POLITICAL CANDIDATE POSTER.
    Get enough people to begin asking what this is. When the news is explaining we will know we have saturation.
    Part two: write a post card to Senators Sanders and Booker asking them to submit HR676 exact wording to the senate.
    If you need to reach people in the streets give them this flier:
    ——————————————————————–
    Nationalized Non-Profit Healthcare is LONG OVERDUE. We have this in our country for the elderly and disabled. Its called MEDICARE. s a healthcare that is funded federally. When these people go to a doctor they don’t have several different insurances. They have a SINGLE PAYER of their bill.
    However many in government are trying to destroy this and they have voted in changes that hurt the functionality so we need to IMPROVE it.
    We currently pay more in this country to provide healthcare than any other first world country. This is MORE than ENOUGH to provide healthcare for EVERYONE from CRADLE to GRAVE. covering everything from MENTAL to DENTAL
    We must demand IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL. John Conyers has introduced this bill every session for over 10 YEARS . The bill is HR676.
    We need the senate to have the same exact wording for THEIR bill and we need to get both passed.
    To do that we need YOU to participate in the WINDOW TREATMENT CAMPAIGN.
    We need to SEE your support.
    PLEASE put HR676 on your windows, doors and around your neighborhood.
    Copy this flier and hand it out to explain to people what it means.
    Learn more by watching documentaries. Here’s two to start.
    1. SICKO
    2. T.R. Reid Healing of America
    And as always continue to call congress using the information below.
    To reach all of your Congress members and Senators: TEXT RESIST TO 50409.
    Then type: The time has come for National Improved Medicare for ALL via HR676 Cosponsor this bill or you will be voted OUT!
    Do this every day!
    REVISED 6/7/17s it seems.

  • Marcia Everett

    I had links for the two movies and links for the flier to download they won’t post. Please come to my facebook page if you can’t find on your own.

  • Alan MacDonald

    The dual-party Vichy-political facade of EMPIRE doesn’t want the people to have “Medicare For All” — but as an unwanted consolation prize (actually a non-gift wrapped surprise) is giving us (without telling us) ‘Empire for All’.

    Unfortunately ‘Empire for All’ costs Americans much more than ‘Medicare for All’ would have ever cost — but as the sales pitch always emphases, “the real benefit is that it provides all those wonderful features, advantages, and benefit to only those at the very very top of the EMPIRE.

    Bernie absolutely knows about this massively unfair, drastically distorted, and unAmerican hierarchy of EMPIRE, but it would be very up-setting to be a whistle-blower and actually reveal anything about this disguised global capitalist EMPIRE effin the American people to death — so like MacAuthur said of “old soldiers”, old Bernie is just going to “fade away”.