Nearly 30 million Americans are uninsured. An additional 40 million are “underinsured,” meaning that they cannot afford their premiums, deductibles, and copays. And while the United States spends more money for healthcare than any other developed country, we have significantly worse health outcomes. In fact, the United States has the lowest life expectancy among comparable countries. We also have the highest maternal and infant mortality rates among the developed world.
Why is it that we spend so much, and yet get so little? It’s simple. In the United States, there is an unnecessary middleman (private insurance companies) standing in between healthcare providers and patients, that causes our exorbitant costs. This for-profit system allows wealth inequality to equal health inequality.
We are capable of doing better than that. We are capable of having a system wherein we spend less money and EVERYONE has healthcare.
Transitioning to a single-payer (i.e. Medicare for All) system will eliminate the middleman, allowing doctors to treat their patients without requiring the approval of a bean-counter in a corporate office across the country. In addition, a single-payer system will reduce the hundreds of billions of dollars that are wasted on the profits and administrative costs of private insurance companies. It is important to note that any acceptable system would allow people to retain their current health care providers and hospitals. Private insurance companies can exist to supplement universal coverage for people that want additional services.
The guarantee of healthcare to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.
Mandating that Medicare cover prescription drugs, primary care, maternity care, vision, dental, reproductive healthcare, preventative care, and lab services.
Eliminating premiums, deductibles, and copays.
Authorizing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies.
Allowing patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to buy low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other industrialized countries.
Ending the gun violence epidemic by allowing the CDC to study gun violence and passing legislation based on the empirical data.
Investing $100 billion dollars to end the opioid epidemic and prosecuting corporations who illegally marketed the drugs.