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Quality Universal Health Care for All Americans in 2020

The Hart Cunningham administration will legislate a Universal Health Care Act that will ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. Transformation of our fifty year Medicare Program to a single payer system will place Americans on the path of one of our most significant achievements and is the only solution long term. The Universal Health Care Act contains seven critical points, each addressing an essential component of reform:

• Quality, Universal Health Care for Every Man, Woman and Child Regardless of Income

• Reduce Costs of Overhead in the Medical Care System and Drug Costs

• Embrace Comprehensive Integrative Medicine Programs Including Traditional Eastern Medicine

• America Leading the World in Research and Development of Health Care

• Community Living Assistance Services and Support

• Training to Hospitals, Clinics, and Independent Medical Facilities Transition Grants

• Mandate Universal Health Care Funding Uncontestable Regardless of Political Party in Office.

Quality, Universal Health Care for Every Man, Woman and Child Regardless of Income

The Hart Cunningham administration health care reform relies on the 50 years of success and experience of Medicare combined with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Americans deserve and need a health care system that works for patients and providers, focusing our federal investments on training the health care providers. Hart will ensure a stable health care workforce in all communities now and in the future, building a program that is not just for the wealthy, but also for all citizens regardless of income.

Healthcare in the U.S., the world’s largest economy, consumes 40% of our gross national product, about $2 trillion per year. Compared with twenty-one countries whose life expectancies exceed those in the U.S., all of whom have some form of taxpayer-financed or single-payer healthcare, there are 29 million without health insurance in America. The taxpayer refund does not help low wage or low-income Americans who cannot afford to pay taxes [1]. The ACA is insuring over 20 million Americans, but not everyone can afford to pay for the programs offered. The ACA does not change the status of the United States: The country still is one of just a few advanced nations that have not made sure everybody has access to health care.[2] The Cunningham administration will build on the achievements of the ACA and Medicare, combining and expanding to a single-payer healthcare plan. The failures of the ACA, created by the limitations put on the Act by Republican demands on the bill before it passed, allows for state-by-state enforcement of the law. Now the results are in healthcare coverages that could be available to all citizens which are withheld or provided by the position of the Governor of each state. Coverage of a Democratic Party run state versus a Republican Party driven state is as drastic as an advanced nation vs., a third world country when comparing health care coverage. An example is Californian health care compared to Tennessee’s plans under the ACA. The Cunningham administration sees our health care as a right for all people without con sideration to a political stance. Universal Health Care offered by every state, regardless of political bias, will be for every man, woman, and child. The social implications of the imbalances in our nation will begin to heal.

Hart will simplify the Medicare program and revise how it categorizes medical care, instead of the complex Part A and B choices citizens have to make when accepting Medicare, there will be parts or sections of coverages of what we need. An example of the Universal Health Care plan will offer Section Coverage for Children, for Adult Male or Adult Female and Senior Care, Eliminating crossover or coverage that does not apply. These programs will encompass the ACA with the ability to flex as we mature, and as our needs change, it is a plan that works for all Americans, in every stage of life regardless of status.

Reduce Costs of Overhead in the Medical Care System and Drug Costs

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product on health care every year than any other country. The United States ranks 37th out of 191 countries in the WHO listing of healthcare systems. It is difficult to imagine any consumer spending that much more money on a product only to be handed something that ranks 37th in quality. [3] Compared with other advanced countries, the U.S. performs worse on life expectancy and infant mortality.[4] The U.S. tops the list of deaths deemed “preventable” with adequate early care and diagnosis. [5] U.S. citizens have fewer doctor appointments each year than citizens of other countries, yet pays more for the privilege. When an American citizen spends the night in the hospital, it costs 5.6 times more than it would require a person to pay in Japan. Moreover, to top it all off, the U.S. spends $2,797 more per person every year than other industrialized countries, even though 47 million of those people are uninsured.

Hart Cunningham will create a healthcare system that significantly reduces costs of visits, administrative costs, and drug costs by creating oversight committees and legislation that keeps costs in check. A regulatory system designed to keep costs in balance will help Universal Health Care to work efficiently for all.

Embrace Comprehensive Integrative Medicine Programs Including Traditional Eastern Medicine

The new Universal Health Care plan will embrace a comprehensive Integrative Medicine Programs that include the whole body approach to healthy lives. [6] These programs include Yoga, acupuncture and other forms of holistic healing methods already integrated into some American clinics and hospitals. [7] Integrative medicine treats the whole person and applies therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Hart Cunningham, a practitioner of Yoga, believes it is only logical to offer and support this in a comprehensive Universal Health Care program. America is comprised of many cultures and beliefs, to integrate eastern methods will provide options in healing for the 21st Century.

America Leading the World in Research and Development of Health Care

America is behind in research and development for the major causes of disease since funding to universities reduced more each year. Congress is slowly killing the vital funding to schools and medical research facilities. While the budgets for many R&D programs reduce, we are losing our talent base to seek out other work, leaving science for another field, a loss that is hard to measure. Given the current administration lack of funding measures for scientific research, the United States will relinquish its historical international lead unless investment measures are undertaken to maintain and excel in our health and medical programs.

The Hart Cunningham administration will pass new funding measures to bring back the clinical value of past scientific discoveries and create opportunities to improve health care. Sources of funding include repatriation of foreign capital, innovation bonds, administrative savings, patent pools, and public-private risk sharing collaborations.[9]

Community Living Assistance Services and Support

Laws introduced to assist those in need are processing; an example is the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law would have created a voluntary and public long-term care insurance option for employees. However, the Obama administration announced it was impractical in 2011. [10] The unworkable part was, again only those who could afford the insurance could participate. The Hart Cunningham administration Care and Living Assistance Program will be an additional section of the Universal Health Care program and through bonds create a fund pool accessed on a basis for those in need

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Training Hospitals, Clinics, and Independent Medical Facilities Transition Grants

The Hart Cunningham administration recognizes the transition from private insurance, state-run insurance to the Universal Health Care plan will be challenging at first, especially with the onslaught of many Americans who have not seen a doctor in years. To help make the transition the program will help fund the development of administration and facility support. Funds will be available based on a medical facility’s commitment to ramp up services to treat new incoming patients and willingness to embrace the new law.

Mandate Universal Health Care Funding Uncontestable Regardless of Political Party in Office

Once the Universal Health Care laws are in effect, they are uncontested, as the ACA a primary focus of challenge, since the current administration has been in office. The option to disband or defund the program would diminish implementation health care to all Americans. The fact that America is more abundant in population is our advantage, and in our numbers, we can achieve quality Universal Health Care, as long as we are all in. The adage “stronger in numbers” applies to a workable solution in a single-payer health care system. Hart Cunningham believes, together we will have an outstanding Universal Health Care system that is for American.

[1]  What Is the Government’s Role in US Health Care?

[2] factcheck.org

[3] people.howstuffworks.com

[4] OECD

[5] Time.com

[6] GWU.com

[7] acupuncture.org

[8] Forbes.com

[9] jamanetwork.com

[10] Aarp.org

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