Washington, Dec 7 – The American College of Physicians, representing 124,000 physicians, endorsed a single-payer health care system this week, acknowledging change is necessary to aid a failing health care system.
ACP backed the approach to health care reform because access to health care has deteriorated the decreasing supply of primary-care physicians. Costs continue to rise unchecked, fueled in part by dramatic increases in administrative costs.
ACP is the largest general-interest doctor group to support a single-player plan.
“I welcome ACP’s emphatic endorsement of doctor and patient-run health care to the growing chorus of supporters. They include tens of thousands of nurses, former Surgeons General and former Editors of the New England Journal of Medicine,” Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said.
Kucinich coauthored HR 676, Medicare for All, with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The bill was introduced on January 24, 2007, and currently has 86 cosponsors.
“HR 676 is the only health care plan that addresses all three health care issues: quality, accessibility, and cost,” Kucinich said. “This plan would cost the same amount of money that is now spent on health care, but would insure every American and guarantee them the care their doctors prescribe.”
HR 676 would institute a single-payer health care system in the United States by expanding a Medicare system to all. It would cover all U.S. residents for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care, chiropractic and long term care. HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs.
HR 676 currently has the backing of 342 union organizations in 48 states including 93 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 28 state AFL-CIOs (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO, MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK and KS). Additionally, the Kansas and New Hampshire state legislatures have endorsed HR 676 as has the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
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