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Baucus told the head of CBO last Wednesday that the CBO will play a significant role in efforts to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system because the agencies cost assessments will make or break this enterprise. Experienced observers assert that this is Baucus way of pressuring the agency to come up with figures to justify the kind of healthcare reform Baucus wants.
The fact is, the CBO has issued a series of recent studies which have found that most savings claimed, in the effort to keep private-for-profit insurance companies in the mix, do not exist.
Alternatively, a single-payer system would save more than $350 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.
The CBO has been recognized for the accuracy of its findings and projections and for its non-partisanship. Lets keep it that way.
Tell him we need accurate numbers not creative figuring. Single-payer should be on the table and should be given a full and fair hearing by the Senate Finance Committee.
Easily email Sen. Baucus here, or contact him using the following information.
Senator Max Baucus
511 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2651 (Office)
(202) 224-9412 (Fax)Baucus told the head of CBO last Wednesday that the CBO will play a significant role... more
Thank you for your recent communication asking me to support HR 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act. I am a co-sponsor of the legislation and appreciate the time you have taken to let me know you support it, too.
HR 676 is one of many pieces of legislation highlighting the need for health care reform within our country. While some Americans question the need for health care reform, I believe the fact that more than 45 million Americans lack insurance coverage, and that more and more consumers are losing control over their own treatment process and their choice of provider, means that our system of health care needs a major overhaul. The health care issue will not go away, and I am committed to fight for health care reform that provides universal coverage. Universal coverage is the only way to ensure that health care becomes affordable. By assuring that people get primary care instead of emergency room care, bringing healthy people into insurance pools will lower costs for everyone, and end cost-shifting -- the means by which insured patients pay for the bad debt of the uninsured patient.
I support a single-payer system as the best means of accomplishing universal coverage. Since 1993 and every subsequent session of Congress, I have introduced the American Health Security Act (HR 1200). The plan laid out in this bill would provide universal health coverage, and tax payers would save $175 billion per year in health care expenses. Also, eighty percent of Americans would pay less for their health care while gaining a health benefit package that includes all inpatient and outpatient care, prescription drugs, mental health benefits, and comprehensive long-term care. HR 1200 would accomplish all of this and still provide a deficit reduction of approximately $100 billion per year.
I will continue to support any legislation that moves the U.S. closer to universal coverage for all Americans. Again, I want to thank you for contacting me. As your Representative in Congress, it is critical that I understand the views of my constituents.
I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Member of CongressDear XXXXX:
Thank you for your recent communication asking me to support HR 676,... more
What struck me as so unbelievable is that this former co-star and producer of Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" is, himself, virtually homeless but is now bringing much-needed health care to citizens of the UNITED STATES. Even though his charitable organization often treats people in poor countries, the U.S. health care crisis has him scheduling more and more trip right her in the U.S.
What have we become? Watch this riveting video and wonder as I did how many BILLIONS of dollars Mutual of Omaha made from the policies it sold sponsoring "Wild Kingdom" and then look at those under-insured or uninsured in the U.S.
Yet this worthy organization that started by providing free health care to third world countries gets little in the way of corporate support and at the end of each weekend's free clinic, still turns away hundreds of sick patients they cannot see in the time donated by generous doctors and health care workers.
Is there any question that America needs a fundamental change in the way health care is delivered to those who can afford insurance and to an ever-increasing sector that can afford none at all?
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Documenting the struggle and untimely death of Lisa, who died while valiantly fighting both cancer and her insurance company.
What struck me as so unbelievable is that this former co-star and producer of Mutual... more