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Low-Income Americans Would Receive Free Medical Care Under Proposed Legislation, says AMAC

graham seniors healthcare American medicine health subsidies single payer town hall medicalTaxpayers would be spared the expense; it would save as much as $54.4 billion a year in Medicaid payments annually

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL) has introduced ‘‘The Good Samaritan Charitable Physicians’ Services Act of 2018’’ in the House of Representatives [H.R. 5856].  It’s aimed directly at the dire need to provide healthcare services for the nations’ poorest citizens.

Under the proposed law, medical professionals who offer free medical care for low-income Americans would receive a tax break for each low-income patient they treat for free.

According to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, which has been lobbying for such legislation since last year, the senior advocacy organization conducted a survey among doctors and nurse practitioners.  The poll asked if they would be willing to participate in such a plan and the great majority said they would.  Weber noted that the tax break is likely to attract medical professionals at a rapid pace, providing free services to as many as 7 million needy people.

“Obamacare has failed to provide healthcare to millions of Americans and it is time for Congress to find new solutions to this growing problem.  The Good Samaritan Charitable Physicians Services act will provide low-income individuals and families without insurance a new source for healthcare and help to create a doctor-patient relationship missing in our current system.  I encourage every member of Congress to cosponsor this legislation to help low-income families across the country,” Weber said in a statement.

In a recent opinion article by Weber, he said: “Currently, while the IRS permits physicians and nurse practitioners to deduct pro bono services provided to 501(c)(3) charitable services institution, it does not allow them to deduct pro bono services offered to individuals in clinics and offices.  Congress should pass – and President Trump should approve – legislation that provides a pro bono tax deduction as a method of providing ‘no cost’ medical care services for up to 20 low-income or poor citizens annually who are not presently covered by insurance and rely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program [CHIP].”

One of the things that makes such a program ideal is the fact that it would not require the establishment of a costly bureaucratic infrastructure to put it in place, Weber added.  All that would be needed is for the IRS to create the necessary forms for participating medical professionals to claim their deductions.

In addition, says Weber, pro bono tax relief is an enticing benefit and, as a result, providing it is bound to attract more and more for medical practitioners once the program is established.

“The net benefits would be that the poor, including many senior citizens, would have free access to quality healthcare and the nation as a whole would save money.  In fact, it is estimated that the government would save as much as $54.4 billion a year, and maybe more, in Medicaid payments annually.  And it would reduce costly emergency room visits, the ‘go-to’ alternative for people who can’t afford to pay medical fees.  That’s more than the amount requested in the FY2018 budget by NASA and the Departments of Energy, State, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development.  And pro bono care could easily be expanded to include medical specialists and retired physicians.”

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PaulE

So AMAC managed to get a Republican Congressman to draft a bill mirroring AMAC’S free medical care in exchange for a tax break plan. Starting off on low income people of course, as these type of things always do. But I am sure if it passes and becomes law, there will soon be an massive outcry to extend the call for pro bono medical services in exvhsnge for a tax break to virtually everyone. That is how all these social experiments end up evolving over time. So the question becomes how do we finance what will soon morph into a multi-billion dollar new entitlement? Do we pay for it via a new tax, an increase on one or more existing taxes, raise the price of medical care on those that do not fall into the parameters of this program or do we just kick the can down the road a… Read more »

NessT

As for me, why don’t we just go back to healthcare the way it use to be? Is it because they gave people something of value like free healthcare they can’t take it away for fear of losing voters? This article is NOT the solution, it will work as long as they don’t run out of other peoples money and they will! Crazy suggestion. Other comments are correct, it will be abused and misused and dilute the dwindling quality of care we receive today. Can you imagine giving free appointments in the doctors office? It would be months to get in to see anyone with that influx, not to mention an exam as quick as a revolving door. There was never anyone who went without healthcare. There were plenty of Pro Bono cases done by MD’s, free health clinics, screens, and charities and hospitals could write off some of their… Read more »

VCH

Could be a really good idea. The biggest possible fly in the ointment is fraud by unscrupulous providers, much like the current problem with Medicare. Does the bill include any provision for preventing that?

Anna W. Beck

In my opinion, this is a viable way to ensure that doctors are financially able to provide services to low-income medicaid recipients, which will evenly distribute the medicaid patient load and keep people out of emergency rooms. The NO new infrastructure is important, since Obamacare created a bureaucratic nightmare, while this is a common sense solution that should have been put in place instead of the ACA. I don’t want anyone in Congress or any organization – AMAC included – looking to hand out (steal) my hard-earned money. However, I believe that this bill will save me money in taxes by reducing Medicaid costs.

Arlene

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