Updated: Apr 15, 2021
America’s healthcare system is fundamentally broken and a single- payer healthcare system will save millions of lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2018, the number of Americans without health insurance increased by two million people (Berchick et. Al., 2019).
“Everyone desires unfailing healthcare. The United States of America spends twice as much on average per person for healthcare than our peer countries. A Medicare option only makes sense.”
It is a shame that over 27 million Americans went without medical insurance after the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Everyone deserves medical care. No person should have to consider not receiving the medical care that they need due to affordability. Medical care is a human right. The Nation’s answer to the insurmountable issue of healthcare in the United States of America is Medicare for all.
In 2019, 37 million adults did not fill a prescription because of costs; 36 million people skipped a recommendation from their doctors because of cost; 40 million people did not see their doctors for a health condition because of costs, and 87 million Americans are either uninsured or underinsured. Meanwhile, America spends about twice as much per person on health care than the average among our peer countries while delivering worse health outcomes than many of them.
I support Medicare for all because healthcare is a human right!
Medicare for All will mean that healthcare is once again between patients and the doctors and nurses they trust–without an insurance company in the middle to say “no” to access the care they need.
I will work to eliminate fees like copays, deductibles, and premiums, expand coverage, and lower prescription drug prices.
Elimination of Fees: Copays, deductibles, and premiums have become obstacles to optimal health and wellness for many Americans. Not adhering to prescribed medication regimens and delaying medical treatments are realities for many of our family members, neighbors, and co-workers. Medicare for all will eliminate those jarring co-pays, deductibles, and premiums.
Expansion of Coverage:
Why should eye exams, dental exams, and mental health support be a question of “if”? Rather, the question should be “when”? Universal medical coverage provided by Medicare for all option will eliminate the worry of foregoing needed medical services regardless of network coverage and expensive fees.
Lower Prescription Drug Prices:
Pharmaceutical companies must be forced to negotiate fairly. I will support the Medicare Drug Negotiation Act, the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, and the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act. These bills will allow Americans to buy more affordable, safe prescriptions from Canada; allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices, and ensure that pharma is providing fair prices to the United States that are comparable to prices provided to other countries.