Rather than a nationalized health system as in effect in all industrialized nations, and most third world nations, NotSee America will be forced to individualized health coverage which currently has 48.2 million Americans without any health coverage according to a survey taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number will only increase as insurance companies (who actually do nothing for a person's health, but are nothing more than "middlemen") continue to raise their rates.
The citizens of the United States appear to be on a collision course regarding their health as studies conducted by Census Bureau, New England Journal of Medicine, Notre Dame, and the University of Michigan show that poor people are more likely to be sick. Mainly because they are poor they do not have health insurance. Because they do not have insurance they tend to put off health problems until such time it may be too late.
An Indiana University study in 2012 identified 46 million Americans living below the poverty line, up 27% since the beginning of the recession in 2006. The study concluded that the number of people living in poverty is rising and will continue to rise, despite the recovery.
Those factors, coupled with the rapidly increasing rates charged by insurance companies, can only mean more uninsured Americans and a declining longevity for our citizens. While the average American male has an expectancy of 76 years, looking at economic status those living in more affluent areas have an expectancy of 82 as compared to those living in poverty at 66.
President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act does little to keeping healthcare affordable, only mandatory. While giving health insurance companies some 50 million customers it presently does not have approximately $300,000,000,000.00 (that's $300 BILLION dollars, calculated at a very modest $500 per month premium) additional funding. That ought to insure the top executives handsome bonuses, plus a sprinkling for the lapdog legislators who will pass laws in the future keeping the nation's citizens.
Meanwhile residents of other free-market countries pay less than half the cost for their healthcare. They get quality health care for their entire lives and live longer. They have the peace of mind of knowing they and their families get health care and have no major medical bills, while our legislators scheme ways to make this harder and harder to afford.
1. Opposes health insurance reforms with its "Freedom in Choice of Health Care Act" which has been created with the insurance industry, as well as a resolution which urges Congress not to institute new federal review, oversight, or preemption of state health insurance laws as Congress considers health care reform. This thwarts the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
2. Opposes efforts to advance public health care in favor of a free-market approach that would expand the pool of consumers for private or for-profit insurance companies. Their "Resolution on Federal Health Insurance Reform Legislation" which helps prevent Congress from passing federal legislation that would impose restrictions such as guaranteed issue and community rating, or give the Secretary of Health and Human Services unnecessary authority over state health reform programs, clearly violating the states' own rights to regulate their own health programs.
3. Opposes "Health Insurance Reform Act for Small Businesses" which effectively deregulates key aspects of the insurance market for small businesses.
4. Opposes "The Health Insurance Reform Act for Individual Coverage" whose purpose is reform the individual health insurance market and, therefore, make individual and family medical insurance more available to people without group coverage.
5. Supports sales by insurer not licensed in the purchaser's state, allowing a race to the bottom in terms of mandated benefits for Americans and robust state regulation of health insurers.
6. Seeks to prevent patients who are injured or killed through medical malpractice from receiving full compensation for their injuries by:
a. Abolishing joint and several liability rules that ensure full compensation among defendants that may share responsibility, such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.
b. Capping damages for pain and suffering and for the loss of companionship of a loved one who is killed due to medical negligence or incompetence.
c. Requiring that medical malpractice claims be filtered through a "medical panel" that could increase costs of litigation and initially supplant you having a of your peers with having panels of the doctor's or hospital's peers.
ALEC also seeks to: