Advocating for H.R. 676 and S. 1804 — National Improved Medicare for All
What would "Improved Medicare for All" mean for you?
What is Improved Medicare for All/Single-Payer?
How Would National Improved Medicare for All / Single-Payer Work?
- A single-payer healthcare system would provide comprehensive healthcare for everyone from birth to death.
- If you change jobs, lose your job, start a business, or get divorced—your benefits would stay the same.
- You would be able to keep your doctors/practitioners because there would be no networks to be in or out of.
- You would not need to delay or avoid seeing a doctor because of out-of-pocket expenses.
- Healthcare would be publicly funded in the same way we pool our taxes to pay for police, fire protection, education, roads, public parks, and the military—regardless of how much we use these public services. Everyone would be in one risk pool.
- You would no longer pay premiums, co-payments, or deductibles to private health insurance companies that put profit over medical needs. (Private insurance would only be for non-medically necessary care, such as cosmetic surgery.)
- Our healthcare dollars would be spent on healthcare, decided by you and your doctor, not on health insurance with its wasteful and unnecessary administrative costs, the goal of which is denial of care.
- Two different bills in the U.S. Congress would establish Medicare for All: H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, and S. 1804, the Medicare for All Act.
H.R. 676 — Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act
EPSPAN’s preferred plan. Representative John Conyers’ bill provides for “single-payer” healthcare, a system that is publicly funded with our taxes while the delivery of care is provided by private practitioners and non-profit hospitals. H.R. 676 has 120 cosponsors.
- Everyone is covered from birth to death under one elegantly uncomplicated plan.
- All medically necessary care is covered, including preventive care, office visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, surgery, vision, dental, hearing, mental health, emergency, labs, diagnostic procedures, prescriptions, and long-term care.
- There are no premiums, copays, or deductibles.
- Healthcare is paid for by progressive taxes; 95% of all households will save money.
- Patients choose any practitioner and hospital. There will be no networks to be “out of.”
S. 1804 — Medicare for All Act
EPSPAN applauds the introduction of Senator Bernie Sanders’ legislation in September 2017 with 16 cosponsors as an important milestone.
- Everyone is automatically covered at birth. After a four-year phase-in period, the law will cover everyone from birth to death.
- All medically necessary care is covered—including preventive care, office visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, surgery, vision, dental, hearing, mental health, emergency, labs, diagnostic procedures, and prescriptions, with some copays for brand name drugs. Long-term care is not included and will continue under Medicaid.
- After phase-in, there will be no premiums, copays, or deductibles.
- The average family will save thousands of dollars a year.
- Patients choose any practitioner and hospital. There will be no networks to be “out of.” The only practitioners or facilities not in the plan are those who opt out of the system to cater to self-pay patients. Those physicians or facilities are barred from participating in Medicare for All.
EPSPAN urges single-payer supporters to advocate for improvements to S. 1804 as suggested by Physicians for a National Health Program.
Who is EPSPAN?
Our vision: Single-payer healthcare. Help us pass H.R. 676 and advocate for improvements to S. 1804. EPSPAN members include healthcare providers and non-medical people in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. We have been working together since 2008. EPSPAN is:
- Part of a nationwide movement building the critical mass needed to achieve national Improved Medicare for All / single-payer healthcare
- A chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program
- Affiliated with Healthcare-Now!
- A member of Health Over Profit
Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R.676
- Full text of H.R. 676
- Brief summary of H.R. 676
- Financing, summary of Gerald Friedman analysis (PDF)
- Financing, full analysis by Gerald Friedman (PDF)
Medicare for All Act of 2017, S.1804
- Full text of S.1804
- Executive Summary of S. 1804 (PDF)
- Options to Finance Medicare for All White Paper by Senator Sanders (PDF)
- Unofficial summaries of Medicare for All Act:
- Chart comparing H.R. 676 and S. 1804 (PDF)
- Public Option: Myths and Facts (PDF)
- Single-Payer FAQ
- Incrementalism as an Obstacle to Improved Medicare for All and How We Resist It
- The conservative case for single-payer
- Can a Single Payer Health System Work in the U.S.?, a debate between Michael Tanner, Cato Institute and Dr. Margaret Flowers, Health Over Profit, PNHP on C-Span National Journal