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  • MOBILE MEDICAL CARE
  • UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE
Winning Issue » UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE


Ours is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not provide healthcare for its citizens. With costs increasing much faster than inflation, many advocates say we should follow Canada’s lead. Our northern neighbor’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.

The ACA’s marketplace health insurance exchanges are credited with exerting downward pressure on healthcare prices due to increased participation and competition, while prohibiting the abuses allowed by previous HMO policies. Under Obamacare, 17 million previously uninsured people now have health insurance, and hospitals have seen a 20% decrease in uncompensated care expenses. In addition, the medical inflation rate is at a historic low. It is estimated that if all states participated in Obamacare, 30 million more Americans, or 95% of our population, would have health insurance. But another 20 million Americans would still be without it. Some Obamacare critics point to a new study which found that 23% of people with health coverage are underinsured – meaning that the out-of-pocket medical costs for a necessary treatment or procedure would exceed 10% of a middle class family’s income. They say Obamacare deliberately avoided addressing our healthcare industry’s unaffordability problem, the worst among industrialized nations.

Many say the ACA is not the final solution to our nation’s healthcare crisis. They say that HMO’s are still charging us too much for their services, and that universal coverage and significant savings will only be achieved with a “single payer” or “public option” healthcare system. Canada has a single-payer system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays everyone’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.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current universal healthcare policy and wish to defeat H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • 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 - Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. John Conyers (MI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • 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 - Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. John Conyers (MI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
May 28, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
June 10, 2020
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June 4, 2020


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