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.
If congressional Republicans want to encourage businesses to expand their markets and create jobs, they’re not looking in the right place.
On average, Americans pay twice as much for life-saving drugs as consumers in other developed countries. It doesn’t have to be this way, but unfortunately, Azar might think so.