FIRST REGULAR SESSION
House Concurrent Resolution No. 38
95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES OXFORD (Sponsor), FALLERT, NASHEED, ATKINS, TALBOY, SCAVUZZO, FRAME, WALTON GRAY, HOSKINS (80), MORRIS, CURLS, CORCORAN, HOLSMAN, SCHIEFFER, HUGHES, LOW, ROORDA, JONES (63), AULL, NORR, VOGT, KIRKTON, HODGES AND RUCKER (Co-sponsors).
Whereas, every person in Missouri and in the United States deserves access to affordable, quality health care; and
Whereas, there is a growing crisis in health care in the United States of America, manifested in rising health care costs, increased premiums, out-of-pocket spending, decreased international business competitiveness, and massive layoffs; and
Whereas, more than 700,000 Missourians lacked health insurance in 2007 and an estimated 1.46 million Missourians were uninsured for some time in 2006 or 2007; and
Whereas, those insured now often experience unacceptable medical debt and sometimes life-threatening delays in obtaining health care; and
Whereas, one-half of all personal bankruptcies are due to illnesses or medical bills; and
Whereas, the establishment of the MO HealthNet program in 2008, which replaces the state's current Medicaid program, and the rising cost of insuring state employees and teachers can best be met not by limiting benefits, but by expanding them under a national, publicly-funded health insurance program; and
Whereas, the complex bureaucracy arising from our system of fragmented, for-profit, multi-payer system of health care financing consumes approximately 30% of United States health care spending; and
Whereas, independent research by Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD. found in 2003 that if Missouri adopted a single-payer, universal health program with benefits more generous than 75% of all private insurance benefits in the state, Missouri health care spending would decline by a savings of $1.3 billion in administrative costs alone under a streamlined administrative structure; and
Whereas, United States Representative John Conyers has introduced the United States National Health Insurance Act in the United States House of Representatives, which would provide a universal, comprehensive, single-payer system of high quality national health insurance:
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fifth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress to enact the United States National Health Insurance Act sponsored by Representative Conyers; and
Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for President Barrack Obama and each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.