Written by Bob Mason, with comments by Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, both of Healthcare for All PA
State-based SP organizations
Healthcare for All PA https://www.healthcare4allpa.org/
One Payer States
Board members w/ affiliations in Physicians for a National Health Program, Health Care—Now, Progressive Democrats of America, Democratic Socialists of America
State-based SP bills
None yet introduced in 2019-2020 session.
Prior session, HB 1688/SB 1014 “Pennsylvania Health Care Plan”
Summary: Covers all medically necessary treatment including outpatient services, hospitalization, mental health, D&A, prescriptions, dental, vision, medical devices, and long term care for all Pennsylvania residents who file a state income tax form. No premiums, no copays, no deductibles. Freedom to choose any willing provider. Revenue includes 3% income tax for individuals/ 10% for businesses. Doesn’t require section 1382 waiver under the ACA.
Sponsors: Prime Sponsor in the House, Rep. Pam Delissio; in the Senate, Sen Art Haywood (approximately 8 co-sponsors /of 253)
Status Not voted on in 2017-18; waiting to be re-introduced for 2019-20 session.
Obstacles to SP in the current context
Conservative Republican majorities in both legislative houses; Partnership’s disingenuous Public Relations campaign.
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