Monday, January 26, 2009

Yippee! A Single-Payer System

Boy, oh boy! I almost couldn't find anything good to post today. (Following my newly found self-promise to only feed the wolf of "compassion, faithfulness, hope, truth, love." See yesterday's post.)

But here it is. John Conyers plans to introduce his universal health-care legislation today.

  • The bill, which will again be H.R. 676, is one of the more elegant to be introduced in the House, clocking in at just a few pages.
  • The plan is simple: everyone is eligible for a version of Medicare under a new U.S. National Health Insurance Program.
  • The program would effectively put private insurers out of business. What to do with all those employees? Hire them, says Conyers' bill.
  • "The Program shall provide that clerical, administrative, and billing personnel in insurance companies, doctors offices, hospitals, nursing facilities, and other facilities whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced administration (1) should have first priority in retraining and job placement in the new system; and (2) shall be eligible to receive 2 years of unemployment benefits."
Simple, straightforward, elegant in its simplicity. Here is the full text of the bill--click-able from the table of contents to each portion of the bill. Oh, it is a beautiful thing.

What is not to like?

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