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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-28-07 01:57 PM
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46. When it comes to health care
Kucinich is the ONLY one!!!

ObamClintWards and all of the rest are blowing it out their asses when it comes to health care!!!

HR 676 -- The ONLY RIGHT WAY to do it!!!

Brief Summary of HR 676

The United States National Health Insurance Act establishes an American national health insurance program. The bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that uses the already existing Medicare program by expanding and improving it to all U.S. residents, and all residents living in U.S. territories. The goal of the legislation is to ensure that all Americans will have access, guaranteed by law, to the highest quality and most cost effective health care services regardless of their employment, income, or health status.
With over 45-75 million uninsured Americans, and another 50 million who are under- insured, the time has come to change our inefficient and costly fragmented non health care system.

Who is Eligible

Every person living in or visiting the United States and the U.S. Territories would receive a United States National Health Insurance Card and ID number once they enroll at the appropriate location. Social Security numbers may not be used when assigning ID cards.

Health Care Services Covered

This program will cover all medically necessary services, including primary care, in patient care, outpatient care, emergency care, prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, long term care, mental health services, dentistry, eye care, chiropractic, and substance abuse treatment. Patients have their choice of physicians, providers, hospitals, clinics and practices. No co-pays or deductibles are permitted under this act.

Conversion To A Non-Profit Health Care System

Private health insurers shall be prohibited under this act from selling coverage that duplicates the benefits of the USNHI program. Exceptions to this rule include coverage for cosmetic surgery, and other medically unnecessary treatments. Those who are displaced as the result of the transition to a non- profit health care system are the first to be hired and retrained under this act.

Cost Containment Provisions/ Reimbursement

The National USNHI program will set reimbursement rates annually for physicians, allow for "global budgets" (annual lump sums for operating expenses) for health care providers; and negotiate prescription drug prices. The national office will provide an annual lump sum allotment to each existing Medicare region; each region will administer the program.

The conversion to a not-for-profit health care system will take place over a 15 year period. U.S. treasury bonds will be sold to compensate investor-owned providers for the actual appraised value of converted facilities used in the delivery of care; payment will not be made for loss of business profits. Health insurance companies could be sub-contracted out to handle reimbursements.

Proposed Funding For USNHI Program:

Maintaining current federal and state funding of existing health care programs. A modest payroll tax on all employers of 3.3%. A 5% health tax on the top 5% of income earners. A small tax on stock and bond transfers. Closing corporate tax loop-holes, repealing the Bush tax cut.
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  -Why Kucinich Is The Best ronhardy  Aug-27-07 11:33 PM   #0 
  - The real democrat.  Jesse Hemingway   Aug-27-07 11:52 PM   #1 
  - ...  dweller   Aug-28-07 12:04 AM   #2 
  - excellent breakdown of the issues  pop goes the weasel   Aug-28-07 12:07 AM   #3 
  - Kucinich is awesome!  porkrind   Aug-28-07 12:18 AM   #4 
  - OK, I'm sending some money his way!  porkrind   Aug-28-07 12:22 AM   #5 
  - I will kick down to DK  Jesse Hemingway   Aug-28-07 12:25 AM   #7 
  - I'm going to send money to him too.  Just-plain-Kathy   Aug-28-07 09:07 AM   #24 
  - I just pulled the trigger on the 'ol credit card myself  porkrind   Aug-28-07 09:13 PM   #73 
  - I signed up for monthly contributions, we all know what it is like  slipslidingaway   Aug-28-07 01:20 PM   #44 
  - I am! As of right now I'm a convert!  Blue Fire   Aug-28-07 08:18 PM   #71 
  - The peoples candidate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! K*R  kster   Aug-28-07 12:22 AM   #6 
  - K&R! KUCINICH!  berni_mccoy   Aug-28-07 01:14 AM   #8 
  - I'm a convert.....this guy is the real thing.  Hulk   Aug-28-07 02:17 AM   #9 
  - Kucinich is my candidate.  cyclezealot   Aug-28-07 03:47 AM   #10 
  - K&R!  Stevepol   Aug-28-07 04:28 AM   #11 
  - And yet people (and the media) call him unelectable?? BS!! He's The Man!!  Roland99   Aug-28-07 04:39 AM   #12 
  - I was only 12 years old during the '76 campaign...  ImForGore   Aug-28-07 06:53 PM   #63 
  - K&R  SkyIsGrey   Aug-28-07 04:43 AM   #13 
  - DK is unquestionably the best candidate! n/t  caseycoon   Aug-28-07 05:57 AM   #14 
  - DK is the only candidate.  dickbearton   Aug-28-07 06:16 PM   #60 
     - The only Democrat who will get my vote.  iaviate1   Sep-01-07 02:41 AM   #82 
  - Dennis puts people before the profits of the elite.  Larry Ogg   Aug-28-07 06:07 AM   #15 
  - One question, maybe two...  saddlesore   Aug-28-07 10:18 AM   #28 
  - The true elites  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 02:02 PM   #47 
     - Key words..."supposed elites"...  saddlesore   Aug-28-07 02:21 PM   #51 
        - The true elites  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 02:46 PM   #52 
           - Right.  saddlesore   Aug-28-07 03:13 PM   #53 
              - Yep, I think you're right -- Peace (n/t)  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 03:28 PM   #54 
  - Good reference to "Money as Debt"  porkrind   Aug-28-07 07:25 PM   #69 
     - Thanks Porkrind,  Larry Ogg   Aug-29-07 06:36 PM   #79 
  - Doesn't get any better than that.  rainy   Aug-28-07 06:13 AM   #16 
  - Nope, vive le Kuc !! (n/t)  harun   Aug-28-07 09:31 AM   #25 
  - I agree Kucinich is the real deal  DUlover2909   Aug-28-07 06:17 AM   #17 
  - What, exactly, is "the center?"  BridgeTheGap   Aug-28-07 07:45 AM   #20 
  - Before his time? Did you miss the 1970s?  Lorien   Aug-28-07 10:10 AM   #27 
  - OMG  Highway61   Aug-28-07 10:48 AM   #33 
  - They'll smear anyone, so we better pick the best candidate.  redqueen   Aug-28-07 11:55 AM   #38 
  - No. They might get him, but it wouldn't be on the grounds of his being  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Aug-28-07 01:43 PM   #45 
  - President Kucinich  ayeshahaqqiqa   Aug-28-07 06:30 AM   #18 
  - Kucinich has a comprehensive cancer agenda  OzarkDem   Aug-28-07 07:24 AM   #19 
  - Remarkably straightforward. I forgot what that was like.  rabies1   Aug-28-07 08:38 AM   #21 
  - I bet a lot of  JTFrog   Aug-28-07 08:44 AM   #22 
  - I'll K&R this  Armstead   Aug-28-07 09:03 AM   #23 
  - ... after watching this yesterday ...  Myrina   Aug-28-07 09:52 AM   #26 
  - He is a true human being...  saddlesore   Aug-28-07 10:22 AM   #29 
  - knr  cosmicdot   Aug-28-07 10:27 AM   #30 
  - He really is the ONLY choice....  Highway61   Aug-28-07 10:42 AM   #31 
  - What pisses me off is all the people who know how good he is but refuse to support him.  redqueen   Aug-28-07 11:57 AM   #39 
     - Right??????? n/t  Highway61   Aug-28-07 11:59 AM   #40 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-30-07 10:45 AM   #80 
  - Makes the other candidates sound like mealy-mouthed wafflers,  Lydia Leftcoast   Aug-28-07 10:47 AM   #32 
  - no other candidate can compare favorably to Kucinich....  mike_c   Aug-28-07 11:15 AM   #34 
  - Kucinich will be a president of the people, for the people and by the people  whistle   Aug-28-07 11:34 AM   #35 
  - The problem is...  azprogress   Aug-28-07 11:38 AM   #36 
  - Was congress chomping at the bit to pass the reforms LBJ enacted?  redqueen   Aug-28-07 11:54 AM   #37 
  - Of course LBJ was utterly ruthless  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 02:08 PM   #48 
  - At a fundraiser for Kucinich here in Santa Fe, a woman sat next to me...  puebloknot   Aug-28-07 07:00 PM   #64 
     - Interesting post  porkrind   Aug-28-07 07:29 PM   #70 
  - One thing I would like to see in his future debates is not to be so strident  Peregrine Took   Aug-28-07 12:22 PM   #41 
  - Dear Peregrine:  ronhardy   Aug-28-07 12:33 PM   #42 
  - That IS how the M$M characterizes his style  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 02:11 PM   #49 
  - He shines already! "Whiny"? I don't hear any whining. The man is passionate...  puebloknot   Aug-28-07 06:36 PM   #61 
  - I would love to see more people pay attention to him  MAGICBULLET   Aug-28-07 01:17 PM   #43 
  - Health Care Costs  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 02:13 PM   #50 
     - Right you are. The $30,000 just spent by my insurance company...  puebloknot   Aug-28-07 07:11 PM   #66 
        - And once your expenses pile up...  iaviate1   Sep-01-07 02:46 AM   #83 
  - When it comes to health care  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 01:57 PM   #46 
  - I do agree that we sure need him--I just fear he is not electable.  DuaneBidoux   Aug-28-07 03:32 PM   #55 
  - Let's not fear. Let's elect him.  puebloknot   Aug-28-07 07:14 PM   #67 
  - Then vote for who you wish  ProudDad   Aug-28-07 08:58 PM   #72 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-29-07 01:57 AM   #77 
  - A dream ticket would be Gore/Kucinich  rabies1   Aug-28-07 04:13 PM   #56 
  - John Lennon's "Imagine" is Dennis Kucinich's favorite song.  puebloknot   Aug-28-07 07:16 PM   #68 
  - Dennis seems like  ecdab   Aug-28-07 04:25 PM   #57 
  - Incredible to here the Truth  lovuian   Aug-28-07 05:43 PM   #58 
  - I hope America was watching and listening.  LWolf   Aug-28-07 05:44 PM   #59 
  - His voting record shows he is a Democrat  roxnev   Aug-28-07 06:44 PM   #62 
  - This video really touches the heart  penguin7   Aug-28-07 07:01 PM   #65 
  - Just betrayed Kucinich by voting for Edwards on Daily Kos!!! But Dennis is best!!!!  defendandprotect   Aug-28-07 09:36 PM   #74 
  - Don't forget to rate it up on the tube! n/t  hootinholler   Aug-28-07 10:32 PM   #75 
     - Do DU views show up as youtube views?  penguin7   Aug-28-07 10:45 PM   #76 
        - I don't know, but I would think they should. n/T  hootinholler   Aug-29-07 09:40 AM   #78 
           - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-31-07 04:48 PM   #81 

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