Healthcare

I believe healthcare is a human right. You should be able to see a

doctor if you need to. You should be able to get the treatment or medicine

you need without the threat of financial disaster. I also believe the quality of care you receive shouldn't depend on your financial status. We're a more productive, healthier, prosperous country if we're all healthy. Nearly every other country in the world recognizes this and guarantees healthcare as a human right. 

• Establish a single-payer, universal

health insurance program

• Includes comprehensive services from the 

time of birth including primary care, hospital,

dental, vision, audiology, maternity, substance

abuse, long-term, and ambulatory services

• No out-of-pocket expenses - no premiums, 

co-pays, no deductibles

• Patients maintain the freedom to choose the 

doctors and providers they prefer

•Saves $300-450 billion annually and saves 

68,000 lives

• Endorsed by an exhaustive list of unions and

coalitions, including National Nurses United, 

American Federation of Teachers, Physicians for

a National Health Program, Black Women's Health

Imperative, the Unitarian Universalist Association,

the NAACP, the American Postal Workers Union,

and many others

 

Despite outspending every other country in the world on healthcare, Americans experience health outcomes that are worst when compared with other high-income countries. This is partially due to exorbitant administrative costs, which dilute federal healthcare investments: "Although [the ACA] expanded coverage...the new public dollars it offered were funneled through private insurers whose exorbitant overhead and profits drain funds before they reach the clinic." In 2017, healthcare administrative costs totaled $812 billion- or 25% of all healthcare expenditures. For context, in the same year, America spent less on Medicare, public K-12 education, and defense. In other words, an overwhelming amount of the investment we've made isn't even going towards healthcare services.

Studies confirm that Medicare for All would be a cheaper, more efficient, and more equitable system. Even a Koch-funded study confirmed that a single-payer, universal healthcare system would save $2 trillion over ten years. It would also stabilize the healthcare system - people wouldn't lose their health insurance just because they lose their jobs, switch careers, turn 26, get a divorce, or get a raise.

Our current for-profit healthcare system results in immoral tragedies. Diagnoses of the four most common types of cancer in the United States spike at the age of 65. This is because uninsured and underinsured patients become eligible for Medicare at age 65 and can finally see a doctor. There are over 250,000 medical fundraisers on GoFundMe each year for those who cannot afford life-sustaining surgeries or medicines. Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy; diabetes patients have died due to rationing their medication; and patients have died avoiding necessary treatments after losing their private health insurance. These tragedies are not isolated incidents; in fact, in 2019, 34 million Americans reported knowing someone who died because of not receiving medical care.

H.R. 1976 - The Medicare for All Act of 2021 expands the existing Medicare system and provides comprehensive healthcare coverage and provides services including primary care, hospital and outpatient care, dental, vision, audiology, women's reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, substance abuse treatment, laboratory and diagnostic services, and ambulatory services.

Patients maintain the freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals, and providers they prefer, and the legislation eliminates insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles - no out-of-pocket costs. Studies have confirmed that this bill would save $300-$450 billion and save 68,000 American lives annually. 

In addition to the majority of Americans who support Medicare for All, this bill has been endorsed by an exhaustive list of diverse unions and coalitions, including National Nurses United, American Federation of Teachers, Physicians for a National Health Program, Black Women's Health Imperative, Unitarian Universalist Association, the NAACP, American Postal Workers' Union, and many others. 

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