Kucinich Kicks off Health Care Debate with Renewed Call for Single-Payer
WASHINGTON - Speaking
today on the House floor, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) opposed
efforts to repeal health care reform and also renewed his call for a
single-payer health care system.
knows that health insurance companies make money by NOT providing
health care. After all they are in the insurance business. They are
as many as 129 million Americans suffering from pre-existing
conditions, insurance companies want Congress to repeal health care
reform. The provisions which require covering people with pre-existing
conditions would eventually cut into insurance company profits.
means Americans will continue to pay more for insurance but get less,
that is, if they can afford health care insurance in the first place.
very idea of health care reform solely within the context of a
for-profit system has been more than problematic. Today, 50 million
Americans have no health insurance. What are we going to do for them?
than waste time on debating how much reform insurance companies will
permit - - if any - - it is time to change the debate. It is time to
end the for-profit health care model. It is time for not-for-profit
health care, single-payer, universal, Medicare for All - - with an
emphasis on wellness and personal responsibility. More about that
was a co-author of Medicare For All, H.R. 676, in the 111th Congress.
The bill is expected to be reintroduced in the 112th Congress as well.