6. Strongly Urging For National Health Insurance for All and for Passage of HR 676

AUGUST 4-8, 2008


6.   Strongly Urging For National Health Insurance for All and for Passage of HR 676

Whereas, According to the National Coalition on Heath Care, approximately 47 million Americans are without health insurance--15 million are Hispanic, and 9 million children uninsured in the United States; and

Whereas, Health insurance costs and the number people without health insurance continues to rise in the United States; and

Whereas, According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in the United State have been rising five times faster on average than workers' salaries; and

Whereas, Latino families are having an increasingly harder time making ends meet, and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 37 million live at or below poverty level; and

Whereas, According to a recent study by Harvard University researchers, 50 percent of all bankruptcy filings were partly the result of overwhelming medical expenses; and

Whereas, According to the National Coalition on Heath Care's Facts on Health Care Costs, national health care spending is 4.3 times the amount spent on national defense; and

Whereas, Latinos for National Health Insurance and Physicians for a National Health Program report that under a H.R. 676, the Medicare for All Plan, the country could save over $286 billion a year in health care costs; and

Whereas, In addition to helping workers, a national health insurance could reduce the average cost paid by employers for employee benefits; and

Whereas, The benefits from universal health coverage could include extending the life of untold numbers of Latinos and African Americans who, without health insurance, have higher mortality rates and worst health outcomes, according to the National Coalition on Health Care; and

Whereas, National health insurance could benefit all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration status;

Therefore Be it Resolved, That the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement calls upon the United States Congress to pass H.R. 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act,  which would provide national universal insurance to every person living in these United States.

Respectfully submitted by: 
New York City LCLAA Chapter
Albany/Capital District Chapter