Lorain County Board Resolution

Resolution of the Lorain County Board

March 16, 2006

In the matter of supporting the United States National Insurance Act -- HB676 -- "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All"

WHEREAS, the United States National Health Insurance Act (or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act) establishes the United States National Health Insurance Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and in U S. Territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as a primary care and prevention, prescription drugs, emergency care and mental health services; and

WHEREAS, this bill will prohibit an institution from participating in the Program unless it is public or nonprofit institution; and

WHEREAS, this bill allows nonprofit health maintenance organizations that actually deliver care in their own facilities to participate in the program; and

WHEREAS, this bill gives patients the freedom to choose from participating physicians and institutions; and

WHEREAS, this bill (prevents) a private health insurer from selling health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this act. Allows such insurers to sell benefits that are not medically necessary, such as a cosmetic surgery benefits; and

WHEREAS, this bill sets forth methods to pay hospitals and health professional for services. Prohibits financial incentives between HMOs and physicians based on utilization; and

WHEREAS, this bill authorizes appropriations and provides for appropriated sums to be paid for:
1) by reducing costly paperwork
2) by requiring a rational bulk procurement of medication
3) from existing source of government revenues for health care
4) increasing personal income taxes on the top five percent income earners
5) instituting a modest payroll tax
6) instituting a small tax on stock and bond transactions and;

WHEREAS, this bill requires the program to give first priority in retaining and job placement to individuals whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced administration; and

WHEREAS, this bill establishes a National Board of Universal Quality and Access to access to advise the Secretary and the Director to insure quality, access and affordability; and

WHEREAS, provides for the eventual integration of the health programs of the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Indian health Service into the Program.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Lorain County Board of Commissioners that we hereby support the United States National Insurance Act -- HB 676 -- "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All", to ensure that all Americans, guaranteed by law, will have access to the highest quality, cost effective, health care regardless of an individuals' employment, income, or health care status.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we hereby Instruct the Clerk to send this resolution to the United States Senators and Representatives representing Lorain County and the Coalition to Project Healthcare