Detroit’s own John Conyers is rattling cages again. Noting that 46 million Americans lack basic health care, that the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that fails to guarantee health care to its citizens, and that we currently blow $1.7 trillion each year on health care (which works out to $5,800 per citizen), Conyers has decided to stop pussyfooting around the issue and do the unspeakable: He’s written a bill that, if signed into law, will provide universal health care for all Americans.

Lack of coverage, insufficient coverage and relying on employer coverage is a huge drag on our economy — just ask GM, who cite it as one of the reasons they can’t compete globally, or Toyota, who located in Canada instead of Michigan because Canada’s nationalized health care system translates into huge savings for employers in Canada.

H.R. 676 — the United States National Health Insurance Act — basically calls to expand and improve Medicare, and to have it cover everyone, not just the very poor and very young. Are you for this? Then let Conyers and Congress know. Live somewhere other than Detroit? Then let your rep know that you support H.R. 676.

Dave-o is a frequent contributor to GrowDetroit. He unabashedly supports Poor Mojo’s Newswire, a blog of merit since 1905 — now available electronically!

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