To the editor:
The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is not the solution to our nationís health-care challenges. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to have any real answers. Health-care costs have been spiraling out of control for more than three decades, and something has to be done before it gets to the point that very few of us will be able to afford medical care. The ACA may have slowed the rise in health-care costs, but it continues to rise faster than the rest of the economy.
The only real solution for our nation is to remove the profit from the bottom line. All too often it is the patient who suffers as profit becomes the priority.
HR 676 is a single-payer, true universal health-care plan. It would leave the medical providers as the owners and operators of their practices in the private sector as not-for-profit entities. It would eliminate the need for the for-profit health-care insurance industry. The program would be paid for by increasing the Medicare tax to 4.5 percent (less than what most of us pay in insurance premiums now). Businesses would see their taxes rise as well (again would be less than what they pay out in employee health-care benefits currently).
HR 676 would provide comprehensive medical care at no cost to the patient and would include medical, dental and vision. No co-pays, no deductibles, no out-of-pocket medical expenses. This would eliminate the bankruptcies and foreclosures resulting from medical bills.
Research it for yourself. There are a number of excellent web sites that have a wealth of information. www.pnhp.org and www.healthcare-now.org and www.mforall.org are some of my favorites.