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Waiting lines do not exist in countries that adequately fund national healthcare, said Conyers, who sponsors a bill that would create a not-for-profit, publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare system that would ensure universal coverage. Other witnesses at the hearing backed the single-payer option, including Walter Tsou, national board adviser with Physicians for a National Health Program. Single-payer is the only reform that can control healthcare costs, through cutting insurance firms profits and using bulk purchasing, among other things, he testified.
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), the panels ranking member, countered that a one-size-fits-all approach to coverage would drive up taxes, stifle innovation and ration care while empowering bureaucrats.
Its unclear if Conyers single-payer language will make it into more comprehensive legislation currently being drafted by House leaders.
Conyers seemed hopeful about the bills prospects. I anticipate that all good things will come out it, he said in an interview.
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