Health Care for All Americans Act

Kennedy, Edward M.
July 1979
Challenge (05775132);Jul/Aug79, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
Comprehensive national health insurance that covers everyone, regardless of income and age, is long overdue. This plan includes premiums based on ability to pay, and would operate mainly through federally regulated private insurers. The Health Care for All American Act proposes to implement the social insurance principles that were embodied in the Health Security Act, through private insurers, rather than through government. This new act proposes, indeed, a progressively financed comprehensive health insurance program for all Americans using government-regulated private insurance. The American health care system is now strained to the breaking point by runaway costs. The issue of cost controls must be faced, and it can only be faced as part of a comprehensive system. The Health Care for All Americans Act represents the best chance to avoid national bankruptcy and to bring spiraling health costs under control. In fact, within four years of passage, the nation would begin to spend less on health care under this plan than if no bill were passed.


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