Expanded and improved medicare as a single payer healthcare system
- Everyone has the right to adequate and affordable healthcare.
- The U.S. has elements of a world-class healthcare system that few can afford.
- “Improved Medicare for all” is a proven, economically powerful solution.
Healthcare Background and Proposal
The United States spends more per person for healthcare than any other nation in the world, yet healthcare results are mediocre. Decades of profiteering by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries have brought us to the limit of what we can bear financially, or what we should bear in terms of inadequate healthcare coverage and uneven quality. Many people are uninsured, and many more have insurance that will not pay for the care they need. Out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles, co-pays, and the cost of insurance and medicines increase every year. Many people, especially seniors, pay for large portions of their healthcare costs out of their pockets, sometimes having to dilute their medications or cut back on their food budgets to afford their treatment.
I propose that we establish an “Improved Medicare for all” system, like a Single Payer Universal Healthcare system. This means health insurance coverage for ALL residents through a single insurance plan offered by the government. This would control the growth of healthcare spending through a simplified administrative structure, consolidated financing and purchasing, and statewide health planning.
That system must offer a comprehensive benefit package, including complete medical, dental, mental health, pharmaceutical, chiropractic, vision, hearing, hospice, and in-home care. No necessary service can be left out. If co-pays and deductibles are included to finance the system, they must be reasonable and affordable. This system should eventually cover long-term care and the medical component of Workers Compensation. I support all State or Federal efforts that would establish such a system.