Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned for a Medicare for All single-payer healthcare system to make healthcare a right for all Americans. President-elect Donald Trump says he will do away with "Obamacare" but immediately replace it with what sounds like universal healthcare -- something the rest of the world's major nations have enjoyed for decades!
Here are some facts: If the United States joined every major country on earth and enacted a universal healthcare program, women would benefit the most. Here's why: Women make up two-thirds of the low-wage workforce and only about 23 percent of low-wage jobs provide health insurance. It is time for a Medicare for All single-payer healthcare system.
The Blame Game!
We will never get single-payer if we let the Democrats blame Republicans. If you see this meme, let the poster know that the reason we don't have single-payer is because the Democrats don't want to lose the donations from the health care industry. We already know we have to fight the GOP for progress. It's a damn shame that we have to fight the Democrats for the same progress.
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Medicare For All is the next step and the right step in order to be able to provide health care to all people living in the USA --- Not just people who can afford private insurance premiums, annual deductibles and co-pays.
What we currently have, right now in the United States is a "managed illness for profit" system based on providing hospital care, surgery and prescription drugs for profit that is managed by for-profit insurance corporations.
The cost of those #Billionaire insurance industry CEO's is part of the equation and insurance customers are also paying for a mountain of paperwork aimed at denying claims -- and cancelling health care policies the minute a person becomes seriously ill. People should not have to go bankrupt just because they got sick. But that is exactly what is happening -- and the majority of people faced with bankruptcy due to unpaid medical bills had insurance when they got sick. But they maxed out their coverage, or could no longer pay the deductibles and co-pays, and/or lost their insurance.
The Patient-Protection, Affordable Care Act "ObamaCare" was a limited improvement that left many people with rising premiums and huge deductible costs... in other words, it is not the single-payer system that we need in order to finally address the skyrocketing costs of health care and prescription drugs.
We still have an estimated 30 million people in the USA without health care, including the largest number of uninsured people in #Florida -- Thanks to a #Republican-majority legislation that rejected a federally-funded expansion of Medicaid for poor working adults, and disabled adults that left 800,000 Floridians without any health care resources. Because, if you do not have net-earnings above $11,000 per year as an adult, you do not qualify for tax credits.
Many elected politicians claim that doctors and nurses and other health care workers are against single-payer health care. But that is not true.
Watch this video of medical students explaining why they support single-payer health care. More than one-million people have now petitioned for single-payer health care! They are supported by Physicians for a National Health Care Program --- PNHP.ORG.
Under the patient-protection portion of ACA, insurance companies can no longer deny claims on the basis of "pre-existing conditions" or cancel people's group health care, when they become too sick to work any longer.... dropping people from private health care when they need it the most.
But most people do lose their health care when they become terminally ill, because they can no longer afford the premiums. They lose everything they have worked for, and are then forced into expensive nursing homes that are taxpayer-supported. If we abandoned this "illness management for profit" system and went with a true national health care system, we could save an estimated $400 billion per year on health care in this country!
The largest nurses union in the USA has endorses Sanders.
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders highlighted his support for a single-payer health-care system — a position that separates him from his rivals for the Democratic nomination — during a rally on Capitol Hill on July 30, 2015 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare.