Healthcare national emergency: the fight is on

Demonstrators fill Utah’s Capitol rotunda to protect Prop 3, the voter approved Medicaid expansion law. Lawmakers defied the voters’ will, passing a new bill that restricts coverage.
PHOTO/FRANCISCO KJOLSETH, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

 

It is no surprise that health care was the No.1 issue in the midterm elections and promises to remain the most important issue in the 2020 campaigns as the fight for health care heats up.

In the midterms, 60% of voters in Idaho and 53% in Utah, passed ballot measures to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now, political “leaders” are assaulting democracy and defiantly rolling back expansion in Utah with the blessings of the Trump administration as they seek to please the health industry rather than the people. But people aren’t taking it.

Americans pay more for health care than anywhere in the developed world and get the worst care. Our for-profit system leaves millions of us literally begging for our lives. Millions more lose their lives as the care they desperately need is denied. Yet there is plenty of health care that could be distributed to all through a single-payer Improved Medicare For All system (without the private insurance companies), and millions of Americans are determined to fight for it.

The following statements are from a few of the thousands of Americans involved in the fight for a life saving health care system:

“I know of people with diabetes literally dying because they cannot afford their insulin. Profiting off sick people is sick. … The money is there, we just don’t have our priorities straight.

“Insurance companies’ requirements are evil. … They make money by denying coverage. Doctors have to fight with them for the procedures that they think are best for the patients. I can’t stand on the sidelines any more even though I have insurance. Everybody needs it. It is the moral thing to do.”

“Medicare and Medicaid are the most popular health plans in the country. You’re already paying. Why not pay just a tiny bit more and have it now instead of waiting until you’re 65? And why not do it for everybody?”

In spite of the stated intent of the ACA, two thirds of bankruptcies are due to high medical bills and related costs. And medical expense is a common cause of homelessness.

While the Trump administration and Republicans in several states are cutting Medicaid, threatening to gut protections for the more than 61 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, and allowing insurers to peddle stripped-down policies that offer no real protection, Congress is debating a new Medicare For All bill.

However, this vision of a health care system that can truly meet the needs of all the people is up against the powerful Medical-Industrial Complex which encompasses nearly one fifth of the U.S. economy and their power brokers in the Democratic Party establishment as well as in the Republican Party.

These forces will attempt to divide us, to throw dust in our eyes, in order to undermine our efforts to forge unity around this most basic human right to health care. We cannot lose sight of the goal. We must gather our forces, keep our eyes on the prize: a government-funded health care system based on human need, not corporate profit. And we must demand everybody in, nobody out!

 

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2 thoughts on “Healthcare national emergency: the fight is on

  1. Well said! I agree 100% I am infuriated by the state of our healthcare and the attacks by the GOP and the capitalist class, on US. It wold be nothing for them to provide free healthcare for all, a drop in their ocean of money. These policy makers have no soul, no conscience.

  2. I thank God for giving my father and us a home the last 19 months. My father had adequate health insurance via medicare which he paid modest $69 a month coverage for. He passed Wednesday, March 13 around 3:31 pm. I was sad, angry sitting next to his Hospice bed, thinking, he could have lived longer if the insurance/medicare allowed nursing physical therapy facilities for people who are losing their mobility due to necessary medicine to prevent further strokes and dimentia. I would post that my father and I; he on a wheelchair were ready to march to Washington D.C. for a better world. I’m glad my father accompanied me to all those poetry, El Salvador FMLN presidential elections Sunday gatherings fund raising talks in SF. Rest in peace, papa. I hope heaven opens its doors to him.

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