Single Payer Health Care for All
Support H. R. 676

Whereas, every American deserves access to affordable, quality health care; and

Whereas, the crisis in health care in the United States of America includes rising health care costs, increased insurance costs, and out of pocket medical expenses; and

Whereas, the U.S. poverty rate is increasing, as employee layoffs and outsourcing is
increasing; and

Whereas, approximately 46 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2006; and

Whereas, those that are insured now often experience burdensome medical debt and sometimes life threatening delays in obtaining health care; and

Whereas, one half of personal bankruptcies are due to illness or medical bills; 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, rationing health care according to ability to pay has diminished the overall
health of our citizens to the point at which the United States ranks shamefully low at
36th in quality by the World Health Organization; and

Whereas, United States Representative John Conyers has introduced House
Resolution 676, titled The United States National Health Insurance Act, which would
provide health care for all; and

Whereas, the goal of H.R. 676 is to ensure that all Americans have access guaranteed by law, to the highest quality and most cost effective healthcare services regardless of their employment, income or healthcare status; and

Whereas, H.R. 676 will cover all medically necessary services, including primary care, inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care, prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, long term care, mental health services, dentistry, eye care, chiropractic, and substance abuse treatment; and

Whereas, H.R. 676 will give patients their choice of physicians, providers, hospitals, and clinics with no co-pays or deductibles in a publicly financed, privately delivered
system; therefore

Be It Resolved, that the delegates assembled at this Twentieth Quadrennial
Convention of the Pennsylvania Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way
Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters endorse a national
single payer health care system in general and H.R. 676 in particular and urge the
union to fight for its creation.


adopted August 8, 2007