As Coronavirus Pandemic cases are on the rise globally, every major country in the world that guarantees Universal Healthcare has its focus on combatting this pandemic. This contrasts with what Americans are facing amidst this health crisis. The United States is the only one (of the 33 major countries of the world) that doesn’t guarantee Universal Health Care. Yes, we do have Medicaid, Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs, but where does this leave the millions of Americans uninsured? It is time we end the absurdity here! The existence of COVID-19 is a great argumentative tool as to why Universal Healthcare is a must, ensuring testing and treatment.
The Universal Healthcare legislation outlined at www. BernieSanders.com states the following:
- Create a Medicare for All, single-payer, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service.
- No networks, no premiums, no deductibles, no copays, no surprise bills.
- Medicare coverage will be expanded and improved to include: include dental, hearing, vision, and home- and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, prescription drugs, and more.
- Stop the pharmaceutical industry from ripping off the American people by making sure that no one in America pays over $200 a year for the medicine they need by capping what Americans pay for prescription drugs under Medicare for All.
Bernie Sanders has championed this legislation. He has repeatedly emphasized that the coronavirus pandemic exposes the incredible weakness and dysfunctionality of our current health care system.
According to Jordan Fenster, writing for CT Post, “A recent study authored by Alison Galvani, of the Yale School of Public Health’s Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis, ‘Medicare for All’ would save $450 billion a year because we are eliminating the absurdity of thousands of separate plans that require hundreds of billions of dollars a year in administration and, by the way, ending the $100 billion a year in profiteering for the drug companies and the insurance companies. Medicare for all will save at least 68,000 lives a year.”
Can you imagine the headaches it would spare all of us, if we have Universal Healthcare? It would ease a lot of burdens and make our lives bearable. I echo Senator Bernie Sanders when he said that healthcare is a human right and should not be for profit. It is time we move this country forward!