Medicare For All
Our Healthcare Crisis
It’s maddening how our lawmakers go about their days knowing millions of people don’t have adequate healthcare. It creates a system incentivizing people to ignore check-ups and early symptoms of illness by building a barrier of high costs. Ignoring preventative care leads to more harmful and costlier problems down the road. Arguing that people have access to emergency rooms implies that allowing people’s health concerns to devolve into an emergency is acceptable. It is not.
Medical bills adversely impact every part of our lives. People forgo paying for groceries, clothing, and rent and eat into their savings, with healthcare costs being a major cause of bankruptcy in America. Our healthcare system reinforces our country’s inescapable cycle of poverty often times forcing Americans to take on high interest debt and take out loans. Research has shown that higher income is tied to better health, and poverty and chronic illness make it difficult to find good paying jobs. Low-income families are more likely to get sick, have poorer care available to them, and go without care due to rising costs. In America, your health is for sale, and many in power believe that is perfectly acceptable.
We live in a tragic era of American politics where health insurance companies are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money on influencing our lawmakers and voters. We cannot trust that the lawmakers who are against guaranteeing healthcare as a right are holding honest views that can be changed through argument. Unfortunately, the most effective method of persuasion used against those who accept corporate donations is the use of political pressure. If they believe that their power is dependent upon the will of the people over the interests of their campaign donors, they will move towards Medicare for All.
Leave no one behind.
Healthcare is a Human Right
Every American has a constitutional right to life, liberty, and property. Health is not a matter that should be dependent upon the free market. As the wealthiest nation in the world, the United States has an obligation to guarantee healthcare to its citizens. Every modernized country provides healthcare to its people, and the U.S. must denounce special interest money from healthcare companies and prioritize the health and well-being of the nation.
Several Medicare for All bills have been introduced in Congress that would cover all health needs for everyone in America under a single-payer system. Rep. Pramila Jayapal's bill would be implemented in only two years.
Medicare For All Act of 2019 - Rep. Pramila Jayapal
"Among other requirements, the program must (1) cover all U.S. residents; (2) provide for automatic enrollment of individuals upon birth or residency in the United States; and (3) cover items and services that are medically necessary or appropriate to maintain health or to diagnose, treat, or rehabilitate a health condition, including hospital services, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, dental and vision services, and long-term care."
Break it Down: Current Health Care Costs vs. Medicare for All
"How are you going to pay for it?" is a legitimate question from the American people but a disingenuous question from politicians and media figures. Several legislators have drafted different options to pay for Medicare for All. An honest conversation would include critiques of payment methods; however, "How will you pay for it?" is a talking point used to paint Medicare for All as an unserious, impossible fairytale. Those who do not acknowledge that there are proposed payment methods accompanying these bills should not be taken seriously.
Furthermore, the method of payment should not overshadow the principle of guaranteeing healthcare as a right. Our public discourse often includes conversations about the morality of policy involving military intervention without discussing costs, while the opposite is true when discussing healthcare. The goal of Our Revolution LA's Eyes Open Initiative is to spread awareness of the healthcare crisis and get our lawmakers to truly empathize with the fact that 30 million people do not have healthcare and millions more are underinsured. We need to treat that fact as an emergency. We need Medicare for All.