Support Tax-Based Comprehensive Healthcare

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: To support a comprehensive, free at point of use health care system in the United States.

Millions of people in American are without any sort of basic health insurance coverage, and even those that have it often still cannot afford treatment when they need it the most. While the Federal Healthcare Reform Act of 2012 did attempt to get more Americans covered by health insurance, it failed to recognize that many people cannot afford to pay high rates and deductibles that are a part of American standards, and those who have even the most comprehensive healthcare still face the fear of reaching a lifetime cap or being dropped should some serious illness arise.

Almost all developed countries rank above the United States in health-related measurements. England’s National Health Service provides healthcare, both primary and long-term, to all permanent residents of the United Kingdom, free at the point of use and paid for through a national general tax. While most people in the country chose to use the public healthcare, private and other alternative options are available for those who want them. English people have longer life expectancy and the country sees lower infant mortality rates, and all for a substantially lower cost per person than we see in the United States.

While the American government has attempted to improve healthcare by granting more people access to it, they have failed so far to recognize those with healthcare who still cannot afford treatments. If healthcare where actually accessible to every person in this country, we would see a very quick and very dramatic increase in the quality of care and the quality of living. Tell the US Congress to support comprehensive tax-based healthcare and give all people, rich and poor, a chance at a healthy and happy life.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Despite your recent attempts to improve healthcare in the United States, the country still lags behind almost all other developed countries when it comes to health-related measures. The Healthcare Reform Act that was passed through Congress may have addressed getting health insurance to more people, but it failed to recognize the fact that most people who have comprehensive health insurance are still unable to afford the high costs of medicine and hospitalization in this country, especially in regards to long term or emergency medical treatment.

While it would be a big change to implement a general tax-based health insurance plan in the United States, it would be a change in the right direction. Other countries that use such systems have longer life expectancy and lower rates of child mortality, and pay 50 cents on the dollar for what it costs in America. That is why we urge you to implement a free at point of use health care system paid for through a general tax.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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