State Legislature Resolution

The following resolution was introduced to the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

A concurrent resolution endorsing the National Health Insurance Act.

Whereas, every person in Kentucky and in the United States deserves access to affordable, quality health care; and

Whereas, there is a growing crisis in health care in the United States of America, manifested in rising health care costs, increased premiums, out-of-pocket spending, decreased international business competitiveness, and massive layoffs; and

Whereas, approximately 582,000 Kentuckians lacked health insurance in 2004; and

Whereas, those insured now often experience unacceptable medical debt and sometimes life-threatening delays in obtaining health care; and Whereas, one-half of all personal bankruptcies are due to illnesses or medical bills; and

Whereas, the increasing expense of Medicaid and the rising costs of insuring states employees and teachers can best be met not by limiting benefits, but by expanding them under a national, publicly-funded health insurance program; and

Whereas, the complex bureaucracy arising from our system of fragmented, for-profit, multi-payer system of health care financing consumes approximately thirty percent (30%) of the United States health care spending; and

Whereas, researches from Harvard University found that bureaucracy consumed more than $4 billion of Kentucky's health care spending in 2003, which equals $8,216 per uninsured Kentucky resident; and

Whereas, the United State Representatives John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich have introduced H.R. 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act, in the United State House of Representatives for the 109th Congress, and this act would provide a universal, comprehensive, single payer system of high quality national health insurance;

Now, Therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Senate concurring therein:

Section 1. The Kentucky General Assembly respectfully urges the United States Congress to enact the United States National Health Insurance Act sponsored by Representative Conyers.

Section 2. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the President of the United States and the members of the Kentucky Congressional Delegation.