The Cunningham Administration will introduce and implement an improved Universal Health Care Act that will build upon the efforts of the Obama era Affordable Care Act. To ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, Cunningham’s Universal Health Care Act will contain seven critical points, each addressing an essential component of reform: a transition from privatized to universal health care, universal health care funding, guaranteed health care protection (regardless of income), reduction of drug and overhead costs, implementation of comprehensive integrative medicinal programs, an increase in funding for R&D, and an increase in support for community assisted living services.
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Quality Universal Health Care for All Americans in 2020
Transitioning from Privatized to Universal Health Care
The Cunningham Administration recognizes that the transition from private, and state-run insurance models to the Universal Health Care Act will be challenging at first, especially during its initial phases, when previously uninsured Americans rush to take advantage of newly available medical services.
Administrative infrastructure and facility support will be made available to help mediate these challenges. Funding will also be made available on a facility level basis. Medical institutions that demonstrate a commitment to providing a variety of services to all incoming patients will receive increased financial support and bonuses. Universal health care is necessary for the well-being and prosperity of the country in the long-run, and the initial growing pains of the Cunningham Administration’s health care plan are a small price to pay.
Mandate Universal Health Care Funding
A vital aspect of the universal health care laws will be their nature as uncontestable legislation. Once they are in effect, the option to disband or defund the programs they designate must be removed through the inclusion of a clause that makes the universal health care system a permanent, stable part of our productive society.
Guaranteed Health Care Protection Regardless of Income
Americans deserve a health care system that benefits patients of all income levels, while also providing proper support to their health care providers. Cunningham recognizes this need and has designed his Universal Health Care Act to efficiently accommodate the rights of patients and the demands of physicians throughout the health care sector.
Health care in the United States consumes approximately 40% of the Gross National Product (GDP), amounting to about $2 trillion spent per year. Despite this large-scale spending, 29 million Americans still live without health insurance, even following the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. One of the primary limitations of the ACA is that it allows for state-by-state interpretation and enforcement of the law, such that health care availability and advantages vary widely across the nation, depending on place of residence.
To combat these issues, it will be critical to build upon the achievements of the ACA and Medicare by implementing a single-payer health care plan. Health care options should be flexible and capable of changing to meet the medical needs of the individual.
Reduce Drug & Overhead Costs
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States has the highest proportional health care spending than any other country worldwide. However, our provision of quality, efficient health care ranks 37th. The U.S. spends $2,797 more per person per year on health care expenses than any other industrialized country, even though 47 million Americans remain uninsured. Our health care system is therefore excessively expensive, and only marginally as effective as it should be, especially given the amount of capital that is dedicated to supporting it.
To temper this uncontrolled, ineffective spending, Cunningham will design a health care system that significantly reduces appointment prices and administrative and drug costs. Through the formation of strict oversight committees and the passage of progressive legislation, the price of health care will be reduced, and spending will be more heavily regulated. In turn, this will result in a more egalitarian health care system that protects more Americans at a lower cost.
Implement Comprehensive Integrative Medicinal Programs
The new Universal Health Care Act will also embrace integrative programs that emphasize a holistic approach to medical care. These initiatives will stress the combination of holistic healing methods with innovative clinical treatments, to achieve optimal health. America is comprised of many cultures and belief systems, and our health care system should reflect that through the use of varied, effective treatment practices from around the world.
Increase Funding for Research and Development
The United States is falling behind in the research and development sector, as Congress has been gradually reducing vital funding to schools and medical research facilities. This short-sightedness is shrinking America’s knowledge base, as many of our skilled researchers and physicians seek opportunities in other countries, or other professional fields that offer more financial compensation. If this pattern continues, the United States will be forced to relinquish its position as a world leader in medical research, which will have devastating ramifications, both economically and in the health care sector.
Therefore, the Cunningham Administration will pass new funding measures to support researchers and physicians at the clinical level. Additionally, greater financial backing must be made available for STEM education. Potential sources of funding include repatriation of foreign capital, innovation bonds, administrative savings, patent pools, and public-private risk sharing collaborations.
Support for Community Assisted Living Services
Initiatives to advance support for community assisted living services and institutions are needed. Additionally, these new services must be made available to all citizens, not just those with insurance. The Cunningham Administration will provide funding for these proposals, and generate a comprehensive Care and Living Assistance Program as part of his Universal Health Care Act.