It is time for our nation to implement an affordable, universal, quality health program. A majority of Americans agree about this, and Congress needs to get on board.
We can provide health insurance for everyone, keep people healthier, and control costs by implementing:
- A single-payer, “Medicare for all” system that works in nearly every industrialized country in the world. Our Medicare, Medicaid, and VA health programs are successful models.
- Baseline coverage that reduces costs by keeping us healthy: preventive care, mental health and addiction services, women's services.
- Coverage for pre-existing conditions. Having an illness should not prevent someone from being able to change jobs.
- Basic dental care, which is relatively inexpensive and has a significant impact on someone’s overall health and well-being.
Under a single-payer program, we will reduce the complexity and high administrative costs associated with our current system. Businesses will no longer have to negotiate and administer insurance plans for their employees and can use that cost saving to pay higher wages or provide other benefits to workers. Health care providers will no longer have to verify coverage and file appeals with a large number of insurance companies and plans.
Americans currently pay an average of more than $10,000 per person each year for health care, the highest spending of any country in the world. Yet approximately 27 million Americans still live without health insurance. Millions more have inadequate coverage and cannot afford co-pays, deductibles, or prescriptions.
There is plenty of money spent on health care in America, but too much of it is going into advertising, administrative costs, and corporate profits. Studies have consistently shown that implementing a single-payer system can provide coverage for all of us at a lower cost.