To win, Democrats need to do more than just point fingers at Republicans and claim they’re destroying the ACA. Candidates need to take it one step further: Make Medicare for all a central part of their platform.
The responsibility of business owners to provide insurance to their employees is putting a strain on their budgets, making it difficult to raise wages or plan for long term growth, and is leaving many people with no coverage, or coverage that’s so expensive they can’t afford to actually use it.
Things were great pre-ACA, unless you had the audacity to be born sick, a woman, get sick, enter adulthood, live beyond 50 or live in poverty. If you did any of those things, it got pretty rocky.
If the U.S. wants to support businesses and encourage entrepreneurism, then it’s time we address the health insurance elephant in the room and embrace single-payer, Medicare for All health care.
Under Medicare for all, workers would no longer need to fight tooth-and-nail just to hang on to basic coverage, or be tied to jobs they don’t want just to keep their families insured.
We can’t build the health care system we need on the foundation of a broken, profit-driven system.
Each step introduces another for-profit player—from drug manufacturer to insurance company to PBM—trying to maximize its own profits.
These tax cuts were never designed to help the middle class. These tax cuts were designed as a gift to the wealthy to create an excuse to slash essential programs.
The way to fix health care for all people — not just those who are employed by monolithic corporations — is to de-commercialize the health insurance system.
Pharmaceutical companies have found loopholes in the current law that allow them to artificially extend their patents, keeping prices high for desperately needed medicines.