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Real Health Care Reform - Universal Single Payer

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"Elimination of US-style private insurance has been a prerequisite (to achieve) universal (coverage) in every other industrialized country in the world." America's structurally defective model can't be fixed under current House and Senate proposals. Universal "single payer is the only fiscally responsible option. Two-thirds of (Americans) support it." Most physicians do as well plus the US Conference of Mayors, 39 state labor organizations, and hundreds of local unions across the country. This committee must take the lead to provide it.


Elements of HR 3200


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According to a July 24 Free Republic.com posting, the bill:


-- rations health care;

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-- lets a government committee and Health Choices Commissioner decide what treatments and benefits are allowed;


-- provides a National ID Healthcard to all US residents;


-- gives the government access "all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer;" also to all financial and personal records;

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-- lets the government set physician wages;


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