Our Nation prospers when its Citizens are healthy. Health care needs to be a right, not a privilege for the rich.
When in Congress, I will cosponsor #HR676 and support #SB562 for California. These measures will guarantee Healthcare for all regardless of one’s ability to pay, and that's the only way to guarantee Healthcare as a Human Right. The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.
As long as health care is a for-profit business, we are talking about sickness care, not health care. There is huge money in a sick America – health insurance industries, pharmaceuticals, GMOs, chemicals, processed foods, hospitals, medical devices. Our current “rep”, DR, recently voted to repeal Affordable Care Act, leaving thousands of our neighbors without coverage. We must take the profit out of a sick America. Health care is a right, not a privilege.
I know what it’s like to be without health care. After my husband and I lost our jobs in the Great Recession of 2008 (pre-Affordable Care Act), the cost of COBRA was unattainable, and we didn’t qualify for individual health insurance. so we were without insurance for a couple years. No one should ever have to worry about wondering if they can afford life-saving surgery or medication. No one should ever have to file bankruptcy because they got into an accident. Health care is a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy. The solution to America’s health care crisis is to provide single-payer Medicare for all, true wellness care instead of sickness care.
The federal government has both the resources and the power to develop policies that can streamline the delivery of effective health care to all people living in the United States. Yet, I am appalled by what I am seeing with our current Congress and their apparent enthusiasm for taking away healthcare from millions just to give tax break to millionaires.
What to do immediately:
Fight to Pass House Bill HR676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act (Rep John Conyers) - paid for by a combination of gross receipts tax from large and medium sized businesses with small businesses with gross receipts less than $2m per year being exempt, and a sales tax on individuals on items not essential to daily living which amounts to a luxury tax which is made progressive by exempting lower income families. This results in even more savings than the traditional payroll tax model and also picks up those who are paid in cash, day laborers, and tourists that will contribute and therefore will be rewarded the benefits of universal healthcare. Sign onto HR676 and advocate for expanding existing mechanisms for Medicare to include all ages, from cradle to grave, and advocate for the same for California to go-it-alone if needs be with SB562 and the other various states to similarly and follow our lead. Just like with energy conversion and a Green New Deal, this change in Healthcare will represent a huge economic boom, expanding the Healthcare sector of the economy by a full third, while at the same time providing genuine Household Security and encouraging new business start ups.
In the meantime, fight to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which covers 20 million people:
- Spend more money on subsidies to bring down costs
- Demand states and third-party payers comply with existing legislation, limiting unreasonable, unjustified rate increases
- Boost subsidies to consumers by increasing income level eligibility
- Bring down out-of-pocket health care costs (copays & deductibles)
- Expand and improve Medicare away from profiitization reforms added during Bush years
- Expand health care access to rural America through federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics
- Defend access to reproductive health care – preventive care, affordable contraception, and safe and legal abortion
Push to lower prescription drug prices:
- Require Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices (currently banned by law)
- Import prescriptions from licensed Canadian pharmacies
- Restore discounts for low-income seniors (close down Medicare Part D)
- Allow generic drugs into marketplace
- Require pricing and cost transparency