Canadians got universal, nonprofit health insurance one province at a time. Several U.S. states are trying. But the 2010 healthcare bill protected insurance company profits by making it harder for states to act.
Rep. Jim McDermott is drafting legislation that would allow states to provide their people with universal health coverage and save money -- by cutting private insurance companies and their profits and bureaucracy out of the picture. (McDermott is a medical doctor.)
Ask your Representative to be an original cosponsor.
The "State-Based Universal Healthcare Act" would do more to cut costs and expand health coverage in the United States than any federal health reforms likely to be passed or repealed by Congress or the Supreme Court.
States should have the right, if they choose, to provide their residents with the same basic health coverage that the world's other wealthy nations enjoy – free from the federal requirement to enrich insurance executives in the process.
Ask your Representative to back this bill and to urge his or her colleagues to do the same.
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Los Angeles Times: Legislation May Enable States to Offer Universal Healthcare