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Universal healthcare refers to a government effort intended to extend health care coverage to all citizens of a governmental region.
Mike Gravel's PositionEdit
Senator Gravel advocates a National Health Care Voucher plan, called the HEALTH SECURITY SYSTEM, that will give every American health care. Using a voucher paid for by the government, Americans will remain free to choose their own doctor.
Medicine and medical technology in the United States are the finest in the world. However, it is also one of the leading causes of bankruptcies. With the rising cost of health care, it is time to rethink our approach.
The Senator’s plan provides each American with an annual healthcare certificate that covers basic medical services. Each American uses their certificate to purchase a BASIC HEALTH SERVICE PLAN from either a limited number of private health insurance providers or a government “Medicare type” service plan. In all, Americans will be able to purchase any one of six health care plans with the Health Care Voucher.
The difference is the private health insurance providers compete on administrative costs and efficiencies -- not on the kinds of health services that are provided.
The government will define the basic services that the plans must offer. No American is denied healthcare, and the costs would not be placed on the backs of businesses.
The government will finance the plan from revenues received from what Mike Gravel refers to as “The Fair Green Tax,”: a sales tax on consumption, that will replace the federal income tax, eliminating the tax code and the IRS.
- Inside the U.S. Presidential Campaign Trail: Senator Mike Gravel's Vision for America - by Mindi Iden, Official California Coordinator of the Gravel 2008 Campaign. The Canadian National Newspaper.
- Dem candidates share ideas about small-business issues: Full Responses - published in www.nhbr.com, Nov 23, 2007