The ACA Relies on for-profit insurance. We can do better. We need Expanded, Improved Medicare for All
Please contact your member of Congress and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 676. Use the talking points below as a guide, but use your own words. Repetitive messages lose credibility. Then, please share this link. We need massive grassroots support!
Talking points--Why Congress members should cosponsor H.R. 676:
Medicare is among the most efficient, successful programs in U.S. history. Help celebrate longer, healthier lives and basic health security by cosponsoring H.R. 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act which would establish a not-for-profit healthcare program for all.
Popularity and Ease of Implementation: Most Americans and most doctors support a national health program, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA--aka "Obamacare") isn't the program people want. Medicare is a popular, well-understood program with existing infrastructure and low-overhead. By contrast, the PPACA is unweildy and much more costly than Medicare.
Economic Efficiency: Many economists, medical and other experts consider Expanded and Improved Medicare-for-All the best approach. It would guarantee high quality healthcare without financial barriers, reduce work days lost to illness, save lives and save money, help balance the budget, and eliminate the leading cause of household bankruptcy.
Improved Public Health: This approach would help prevent and control the spread of disease, extend life expectancy, alleviate delays at overburdened emergency rooms, and promote early and preventative care.
Ethical and Moral Principle: Healthcare is a human right, but studies show 45,000 Americans die annually due to lack of access to healthcare. No one should be forced to delay seeking care, face bankruptcy, suffer, die, or lose a loved one because they were denied coverage or cannot afford premiums, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket costs.
Economic Justice: Health insurance companies profit by denying healthcare. Health insurance CEOs typically enjoy $10 million or more in annual compensation--salary, bonuses, stock options, etc. There is no place for profiteering in healthcare.
Addresses Limitations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: While the PPACA extended healthcare access, it cannot adequately control costs or include all Americans. Projections show that unless we enact a more-inclusive health system we will we still have 30 million uninsured in 2023--even as health care costs for our nation, states, and families will continue to increase.
As The Hill reports: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) fears a "train wreck" as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law. [A] key architect of the healthcare reform law, said he fears people do not understand how the law will work."I just see a huge train wreck coming down...." See: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/294501-baucus-warns-of-huge-train-wreck-in-obamacare-implementation
Proven success in the USA: Medicare efficiently and cost-effectively provides care to the toughest to cover Americans, the elderly. Its overhead (all costs other than for healthcare) is much lower--and patient satisfaction is much higher--than under for-profit healthcare. H.R. 676 uses this highly effective system as its model.
Strengthening Medicare: Expanding and improving Medicare would strengthen the system by increasing funding, while extending high quality healthcare to all and controlling costs.
Proven success in other nations: H.R. 676 would bring us into line with all other "advanced" nations which have already adopted comprehensive healthcare systems. All deliver better health outcomes at a lower per capita cost than the USA.
Progressive Democrats of America