To the editor:
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a fiasco. It is another example of expanded corporate welfare as more people will have their premiums subsidized by our tax dollars at the benefit of the for-profit health-care insurance industry. It will not reduce our per-capita cost of health care, and it will not provide health-care financing for all our citizens. It is a convoluted, complicated law that needs to be changed.
Yet, conservatives cannot come up with a solution for the rapid rise in health-care costs, which has been occurring for the last three decades. Their solution is the private sector, which has proven not to be able to control costs. Their only solution is to withhold medical care for those who cannot pay for it.
HR 676, which is a government-financed, single-payer health-care insurance plan, would reduce per-capita costs and provide health-care financing for 100 percent of our citizens from the womb to the tomb. The middle class would actually save money as the additional tax would be less than what the vast majority of us pay in premiums now. Most of us would actually take home a larger paycheck, and we would have comprehensive health-care coverage, including dental and optical care.
Businesses would not shoulder the burden of providing their employees and their families health-care benefits, making them more competitive on the international level.
Research HR 676 for yourself. You can find a great deal of information on it on the web. Some good sites are PNHP, Healthcare-NOW, mforall. You can find a pdf copy of HR 676 on some of these sites. It has been around since 2003, but the special-interest groups have kept it from coming out of committee.