Health Care - Single Payer
Enact a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health plan that will provide the following with no increase in cost:
A publicly funded health care insurance program, administered at the state and local levels, with comprehensive lifetime benefits, including dental, vision, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, medication coverage, and hospice and long-term care;
Participation of all licensed and/or certified health providers, subject to standards of practice in their field, with the freedom of patients to choose the type of health care provider from a wide range of health care choices, and with decision-making in the hands of patients and their health providers, not insurance companies;
Portability of coverage regardless of geographical location or employment;
Cost controls via streamlined administration, national fee schedules, bulk purchases of drugs and medical equipment, coordination of capital expenditures and publicly negotiated prices of medications;
Primary and preventive care as priorities, including wellness education about diet, nutrition and exercise; holistic health; and medical marijuana.
More comprehensive services for those who have special needs, including the mentally ill, the differently abled and those who are terminally ill;
A mental health care system that safeguards human dignity, respects individual autonomy, and protects informed consent;
Greatly reduced paperwork for both patients and providers;
Fair and full reimbursement to providers for their services;
Hospitals that can afford safe and adequate staffing levels of registered nurses;
Establishment of national, state, and local health policy boards consisting of health consumers and providers to oversee and evaluate the performance of the system, ensure access to care, and help determine research priorities; and
12, Establishment of a National Health Trust Fund that would channel all current Federal payments for health care programs directly into the Fund, in addition to employees' health premium payments.