WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Aging Committee on Sunday proposed a national health insurance program replacing Medicare, Medicaid and virtually all private health insurance, to be financed through tax increases.
Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles) said he will propose legislation today to enact a program called "USHealth," which he said would provide "catastrophic and basic health protection for all Americans."
He said the plan responds to President Reagan's call in his State of the Union address Feb. 4 for protection of all Americans against the cost of catastrophic illness.
Roybal's plan would be even broader, covering everything from birth in the delivery room to braces for teen-agers. It would cover all residents of the United States, including non-citizens.