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Examiner
  • Obamacare helps – we can do better

  • Medicare for all is far superior to the current Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This is not to say the current law is of no benefit, when it does provide for much needed improvement to health care.

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  • To the editor:
    Medicare for all is far superior to the current Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This is not to say the current law is of no benefit, when it does provide for much needed improvement to health care.
    However, H.R. 676 would be far superior to the current law or other proposals. It would cover all medical necessary services, including primary care and prevention; dietary and nutritional therapies; inpatient and outpatient care; emergency care; prescription drugs; durable medical equipment; long-term care; palliative care; mental health services; dental services; substance abuse treatment; chiropractic services; vision care, hearing services; and podiative care.
    These services would have portability and would have no deductibles, co-pays, coinsurance, etc. The only medical insurance would be for cosmetic services. For-profit providers would be required to convert to non-profit status.
    Provisions are made to compensate companies for reasonable losses due to conversion to non-profit status. Also, displaced persons due to reduced administration would have priority for training and job placement in the new program. The bill also establishes operating and capital expenditure budgets. The full text of the bill is 16 pages, much of which is double spaced. It is easy to read and understand.
    Funding for the bill is from existing sources of federal government revenues for health care; increased income taxes on the top 5 percent income earners; a modest and progressive tax on payroll and self-employment income; a modest tax on unearned income; a small tax on stock and bond transactions.
    Savings include vastly reduced paperwork; requiring a bulk procurement of medications; and access to preventive health.
     
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