Target: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Goal: Create and implement a single-payer universal healthcare system to end barriers preventing people from accessing care.
More than 2,000 physicians are calling for the creation and implementation of a single-payer universal healthcare system in the United States, akin to the one used in Canada. Their proposal, published in the American Journal of Public Health, states that the Affordable Care Act does not go far enough in removing barriers millions of Americans face when attempting to get access to affordable healthcare.
The physicians note in their proposal that the federal government already pays for two-thirds of all healthcare spending in the United States and a single-payer system would diminish administrative costs, so a transition to a single-payer system would not require a significant increase in federal spending. The proposal also points out that even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many patients “face rising co-payments and deductibles that compromise access to care and leave them vulnerable to ruinous medical bills.”
Despite high spending levels by the United States government on healthcare, the United States still has poorer health outcomes than comparable nations that use a single-payer universal healthcare system. The proposal seeks to change that, stating that guaranteed coverage with no co-pays, deductibles, and premiums would lead to a greater utilization of the American healthcare system and thus improve healthcare outcomes. In terms of medication, the proposal states fees for medications could be negotiated in much the same way they are in other comparable nations with single-payer universal healthcare systems.
The additional funds needed would be easily made up through modest tax increases in exchange for the abolition of co-pays, deductibles, and premiums. Sign the petition to tell congress that the United States is in dire need of additional healthcare reforms.
Dear House Minority Leader Pelosi,
Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans still struggle with obtaining affordable healthcare coverage. A group of 2,000 physicians have proposed a plan to not only get every American citizen covered with heath insurance, but to also increase the quality of care in the United States.
This requires the creation and implementation of a single-payer universal healthcare plan. After all, the federal government already pays about two-thirds of the nation’s healthcare costs. The proposal calls for the abolition of co-pays, deductibles, and premiums in exchange for a modest tax increase to make up the difference. Pharmaceuticals would be negotiated in the same way they have been negotiated in comparable nations that operate under a single-payer universal healthcare system.
The government has a responsibility to the people governed. Part of that responsibility includes the preservation of their well-being and a single-payer universal healthcare system would be an integral part of maintaining, even improving, the quality of healthcare in the United States.
[Your Name Here]
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