H.R.676 - United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act

To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes. view all titles (5)

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  • Official: To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act as introduced.
  • Short: United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act as introduced.
  • Short: Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act as introduced.
  • Short: United States National Health Care Act as introduced.

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  • 2123melissap 09/04/2009 7:49am


    The massive numbers of administrative personnel needed to handle itemized billing to 1,500 private insurance companies would no longer be needed. A negotiated “global budget” would cover operating expenses. Budgets for capital would be allocated separately based on health care priorities. Hospitals would no longer close because of unpaid bills.

    The need for private insurance would be eliminated. One single payer bill currently in the House (H.R. 1200) would provide one percent of funding for retraining displaced insurance workers during its first few years of implementation.

    In general, businesses would see Single Payer limit their health costs and remove the burden of administering health insurance for their employees.

    Single payer would be the simplest and most efficient health care plan that Congress could implement.

  • 2123melissap 09/04/2009 7:50am

    The program would be federally financed and administered by a single public insurer at the state or regional level. Premiums, copayments, and deductibles would be eliminated. Employers would pay a 7.0 percent payroll tax and employees would pay 2.0 percent, essentially converting premium payments to a health care payroll tax. 90 to 95 percent of people would pay less overall for health care. Financing includes a $2 per pack cigarette tax.

  • Euclid_543 09/21/2009 8:22am
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    Love of our neighbors is what causes Americans to be the most generous supporters of charity in the world. There is no love shown by government confiscation and redistribution of anyone’s wealth, or the USSR would have been the most “Christian” regime on earth.

    These arguments over the control the Federal Government wants over our health care are all “straw men.” The real issue is that they do not have a right to do this, based on the US Constitution, as reiterated in the 10th Amendment.

  • capricorn7nc 09/29/2009 5:51am

    I wish this would pass because speaking as someone with a pre-existing condition with high medical costs, this will help me immensely. I think it is sad that we do not have a better system than allowing insurance companies to run the show. At least do the public option, so we can shape the way these companies operate, because I have been in a situation where they delayed care over and over again until I just gave up doing the procedure. I am alive, but I had to go into a government program just to get help. I think without having real oversight over the insurance industry they will keep ignoring what is right for what is profitable.

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    DoulaLady 10/16/2009 4:15pm

    If FDR had not died when he did, healthcare reform would be a non-issue, because he would have gotten his 2nd Bill of Rights passed, and with it, Universal Healthcare. Instead, we are left depending on our current Congress and Senate to make this change for us. True health care reform would be passing HR Bill 676, anything less is merely Congress prostituting itself for the insurance industry. If Congress chooses to prostitute itself, I sincerely hope they legalize it for the rest of the country so we can afford to pay our health bills. Otherwise, I pray that Congress grows a backbone and pushes HR Bill 676 through, showing that people are more important than profits, which will eventually lead to a more profitable country.

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    DoulaLady 10/16/2009 4:15pm
    Healthy people are able to work more, and produce more. Which is why HR Bill 676 demonstrated that it will actually LOWER our healthcare costs while increasing our quality of care. This may be why over 70% of the healthcare profession supports HR Bill 676, even when they are being bullied into remaining quiet on the issue.
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    DoulaLady 10/16/2009 4:18pm

    The above 2 links refer are a letter that is being sent to Congress and the Senate. Copy and paste them, and e-mail them to your Congressmen and Senators. There are a lot more people who support HR Bill 676 than the media lets on, because the media is currently run by corporations who stand to lose if HR Bill 676 is passed. The language is a little raw, but it makes its point. Right now there are thousands upon thousands of people who would like to work part time as their health allows, but to do so they have to give up SSI and with it medicaid…meaning it is not an option unless money and a short life span are the ultimate goal. Spread the word, we have a real chance at getting HR Bill 676 passed this year IF we all work together!

  • DoulaLady 10/20/2009 8:20am

    If you want President Obama to hear what you have to say, AND want more room to post… Check out President Obama’s facebook page. He has an entire discussion dedicated to HR Bill 676. Check it out at the following link:

  • Amonite 11/03/2009 9:16pm
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    ….please tell me this bill is a joke, and when I wake up this man will be voted out of office for even proposing it.

    The 5% of the wealthiest americans, as well as those who are self employed among other things, are shouldering the bulk of the health care costs of the rest of America – ie – those who would be FREELOADING on those who probably have the highest work ethic in america? I mean, yes, some of the richest probably inherited their wealth or have retired into managment, but usually to retain that sort of fortune or gain it, one has to have a strong work ethic, and usually has built some form of company putting many others to work! The last thing we should be doing is taking away the investment capital they have, which means the companies cannot grow, and people lose jobs!

    Or do we think the government does better at giving jobs at 900,000 a head or whatever the current rate is?

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    dittmer 02/09/2010 2:00pm

    So why do all the rest of the civilized countries in the world have some form on single-payer? Do you even understand what this bill proposes? It would mean that millions of Americans wouldn’t have to worry about going bankrupt and losing their homes if they lose their jobs. I have had personal experience. My husband has had cancer FIVE times and lost his leg in 2001. We are both 58 years old and still working because we simply can’t afford to take retirement. We will have to continue to work until gods know when because of his health bills because EVEN WITH insurance, these are still crippling. Anyone who opposes this bill is a selfish hypocrite who cares not one iota about their fellow human beings. Do you want millions of Americans to continue to rely on charity and organizations like RAM which was initiated to serve the people of the Third World? Is that what you want – for us to be like the Third World?

  • Amonite 11/03/2009 9:17pm
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    And under this plan doctors would not get to have competitive pay, rather there would be a ‘national scale’.
    And it is unlawful for a private insurer to sell benefits duplicating the benefits given by the government plan?? What

    This plan is almost communist in output, and progressive/socialist in payment!

  • jorel 02/06/2010 11:31am

    I am absolutely, 100 % in favor of this bill being passed, and I feel strongly that all Americans should get behind this bill and support it with all your might. Write your congressperson, write both of your senators and tell them that they should quit fooling around and vote in favor of this bill. Get with the program. PRONTO !!!
    The administrative cost savings is estimated to be about 400 Billion from what we waste on the beastly system we currently have. That is far more than enough to pay for this plan. You should not notice any increase in your taxes by going to this system, and every single person in America (even the homeless child sleeping behind a dumpster downtown) would have health care from cradle to grave. This is the humane system to have.
    C’mon people, let’s get it done !!!

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