I agree w/ both responders above that HR 676, "expanded & improved Medicare for all" would be the fairest and most cost effective choice for universal health care in the US. I spoke with a young woman who moved here from Canada and she was apalled at the the US system. I also have friends who spent $20,000 last year in health insurance premiums to cover their family because the husband was self-employed and the wife works part time. Now he has lost his job and who knows what their next step will be. While a couple provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been helpful, i.e., getting rid of the pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents' plan, it also falls far short of solving our health care crisis, while insurance companies make out like bandits. My daughter got a job with benefits, so was no longer able to stay on our plan in accordance with the ACA. Her plan has high deductibles and copays. My husband (and I'm sure many others) would love to leave the job that he hates, but can't because we need the health coverage it provides. Employers like CCAC can manipulate their payroll while the employees suffer. I have a friend who is a full time nurse for UPMC and they call her a "floater" so they can avoid giving her any health benefits. We all know UPMC is hurting for $, non-profit that they are! Everytime I go to one of their facilities, they mail me a solicitation for contributions so they can "continue their charitable mission!"
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