Political Party Resolution

The following resolution was introduced by Rep. Kucinich (Oh-10) to the Democratic Party.

Whereas, each citizen's "pursuit of happiness" depends upon maintaining health; and

Whereas, a healthy economy depends upon a healthy and productive citizenry; and

Whereas, the present health system has abandoned 40 million Americans and forces 30 million to use only emergency, often too-late care; and

Whereas, many families access to health care driven into poverty by the high cost of premiums and high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs; and

Whereas, health insurance costs for small businesses have increased steadily since 1998 and are predicted to double over the next four years; and often force small businesses to hire part-time staff with no benefits, or to stop offering health insurance completely; and

Whereas, insurance companies, being businesses, must work to protect and increase profits even when doing so is to the detriment of the very health care they are meant to make possible; and

Whereas, the removal of the profit motive from the health care system would refocus the system on health; and

Whereas the removal of the profit motive from the health care system would refocus the system on health; and

Whereas, the U.S. pays more than all other industrialized countries for health care, but provides less coverage to fewer people; and

Whereas, the General Accounting Office concludes that if the U.S. shifted to a single payer system of universal coverage, "the savings in administrative costs would be more than enough to offset the cost" of providing health care to everyone; therefore be it...

Resolved, that the Democratic Party support the establishment of a universal single payer, national health care system in the U.S.; and be if further

Resolved, that such a system be publicly financed, but privately delivered; allow people to choose their own health care providers; provide preventive health care, dental care, mental health care, and affordable prescription drugs; and make health care available to everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions, status of employment, or income level.