Today I am announcing my support and my advocacy for true single payer universal health care for all Americans.
My plan will enhance and even provide more than H.R. 676 and will be a healthcare system that every American can be proud of. It will be a plan that will be rated as #1 in the world, as it should be. This IS America, and if we can send a man to the Moon and back in eight short years than we can have the best healthcare system in the world in less than a year.
But let's get to specifics.
This new American healthcare system will include complete 100% coverage for medical, surgical, and hospitalization. No longer will American workers be denied coverage because they have lost their jobs. No longer will Americans be told they don't have coverage because they can't afford to pay for life saving surgery or treatment in a hospital.
This new American healthcare system will include something most Americans now desperately need but also don't have---full coverage for necessary dental work including annual preventative exams. It will include vision coverage so that Americans with eye sight problems can obtain quality eye care and the necessary prescription lenses.
This plan will include full coverage for prescription drugs with none of those absurd "donut holes" and without any unreasonable caps on drugs that are truly life savings and effective. We are going to have a whole new approach to health care in America.
This plan will include complete coverage for mental health coverage, something that is sorely lacking in today's Corporate health insurance policies. It will include expanded home health care so that people who want to and who can, can recuperate at home. And it will include expanded long term care provisions so that we don't have American families going bankrupt trying to care for their sick elderly parents.
My plan will be a plan for the entire human body, head to foot, with full coverage for any medically necessary health problem.
No longer are we going to permit a system where insurance companies make policies that result in new mothers, giving birth, to be kicked out of the hospital after some arbitrary 24-hour stay.
No longer are we going to permit a woman to be discharged from the hospital after 48 hours after having undergone a mastectomy or any other serious surgery.
No longer are we going to have a system that when the family breadwinner loses their job, they lose their healthcare for not only themselves but for their wives and their children. No, we are no longer going to permit that. Every American will have healthcare coverage for their entire lives, without interruption.
Rest assured your children and family members will be safe when it comes to their healthcare needs. Should your child develop asthma, or diabetes, or some other childhood illness, you will feel relieved that they will receive the best medical care and treatment possible. No longer will there be a list of dozens upon dozens of childhood health problems that presently you are told are "not covered".
You will choose your doctor. You will choose your hospital. You, your doctor, and your hospital will decide what treatment is best for you.
Your doctor and hospital and all other healthcare providers will be reimbursed on a basis that is fair and reasonable.
Logic, common sense, practicality, pragmatism, and what is best for the patient will be the underlying principal.