WHEREAS, Health care in the United States is In the throes of a crisis of cost, accessibility and quality; and
WHEREAS, Health insurance premiums skyrocketed over 10% in 2008 and more than 80% of all employers increased employee co-payments and premium contributions; and
WHEREAS, These increases have helped sustain a climate of concessionary bargaining, pushing down wages, causing bitter strikes and lockouts and shifting more and more of the costs onto the backs of workers; and
WHEREAS, Tens of thousands of retired workers stand to lose all or part of their hard won “lifetime” health coverage as 80% of all large companies have plans to require retirees to pay more for their coverage, and 20% of Fortune 500 companies plan to eliminate it altogether; and
WHEREAS, The employment based system of health coverage puts benefits at risk every time workers face a lay-off, change jobs or go on strike; and
WHEREAS, All other industrialized countries provide comprehensive coverage to all citizens as a fundamental human right, putting U. S. manufacturing employers and workers at a global competitive disadvantage; and
WHEREAS, More and more friends, neighbors and family members have no health coverage at all as the number of uninsured Americans climbs past 47 million; and
WHEREAS, Americans pay more for healthcare than any other country in the world and yet rank 28th in infant mortality, 24th in life expectancy
WHEREAS, A just health care system would provide cradle-to-grave coverage for all Americans; and
WHEREAS, Taking the profit out of health care and incorporating a fair financing system will ensure a just transition for all displaced health industry workers while providing that 95% of all taxpayers will save money; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That Pride@Work joins with our brothers and sisters across the country, in the campaign for H. R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, to advocate, educate and organize around the following principles:
- Access to comprehensive health care is a human right. It is the responsibility of society, through its government, to assure this right. Coverage should not be tied to employment. Private insurance firms’ past record disqualifies them from a central role in managing health care.
- The right to choose and change one’s physician is fundamental to patient autonomy. Patients should be free to seek care from any licensed health care professional.
- Pursuit of corporate profit and personal fortune has no place in care giving and they create enormous waste. The U.S. already spends enough to provide comprehensive health care to all Americans with no increase in total costs. However, the vast health care resources now squandered on bureaucracy (mostly due to efforts to divert costs to other payers or onto patients themselves), profits, marketing, and useless or even harmful medical interventions must be shifted to needed care.
- In a democracy, the public should set overall health policies. Personal medical decisions must be made by patients with their caregivers, not by corporate or government bureaucrats; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That Pride@Work supports and urges Congress to enact H.R. 3200 and that a copy of this resolution be sent to The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.