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President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
Certificate Honoring and Commending the LWV-Hawaii
Viewpoint
Health Care Consensus
Health Care - Position Statement of the LWVUS
Health Care: Phase 2 Consensus Questions
People's Water Conference Focus
Vote Counts
Year in Planning, Zoning and Transit (Astrid Monson)
Membership
Health Care - Summary of Proposed Reforms
Comparison of International Health Care Systems

Health Care: Phase 2 Consensus Questions

FROM: LWV of:

State: File #:

Question I

A number of different financing models for the U.S. health care system have been discussed. Please identify which of the following approaches your League considers acceptable or unacceptable for financing the health care system. (Your League may choose "acceptable" or "not acceptable" for more than one option.)

a) An employer-based system, coupled with a new state or federal program for the uninsured financed by general revenues and a payroll tax from employers that elect not to provide health benefits.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

b) A national insurance plan, financed through general taxes in place of individual insurance premiums.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

c) Private market-based reform fostering competition in the private sector by changing economic incentives to heighten consumer cost consciousness. Changes to economic incentives could include tax credits for the purchase of private insurance and limiting or eliminating the current exclusion of employer-provided health care benefits from taxable income.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

d) Which of the above approaches does your League prefer ? (Choose only one.)

  • a

  • b

  • c

  • No Consensus

Question II

How should the financing of the U.S. health care system be administered? Please identify which of the following options your League considers acceptable or unacceptable. (Your League may choose ┬░acceptable" or "not acceptable" for more than one option.)

e) By the federal government only.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

f) By state governments only.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

g) By a combination of federal, state and/or regional government agencies.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

h) By private organizations and businesses only.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

i) By a combination of the private and public sectors.

  • Acceptable

  • Not Acceptable

  • No Consensus

j) Which of the above administrative options does your League prefer? (Choose only one.)

  • e

  • f

  • g

  • h

  • i

  • No Consensus

Question III

k) Provided health care reforms contain cost control strategies, would your League support increased taxes, if necessary, to finance a minimum basic level of care for all U.S. residents?

  • Yes

  • No

  • No Consensus

Question IV

l) Under any system of reform, should consumers/patients be permitted to purchase services or insurance coverage beyond the minimum basic level?

  • Yes

  • No

  • No Consensus

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