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Judiciary Panel Chair Introduces Single-Payer Bill

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Some Democratic members of the House are trying to draw attention to the idea of nationalizing the U.S. health finance system.

Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., has introduced a bill, H.R. 676, that could create a national “single-payer” health insurance program.

If implemented, the bill, the U.S. National Health Insurance Act, would outlaw the sale of private major medical coverage and make coverage available to all U.S. residents by expanding the Medicare program.

House leaders have referred the bill to the House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Natural Resources committees.

Conyers is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill has more than 40 co-sponsors. One of the co-sponsors is Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Links to information about the bill are on the Web at Document Link

At press time, the Library of Congress was still waiting for the text of the bill.