Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the closest the United States has come to addressing health care in the United States. The Republicans have now tried 61 times to repeal it. It is now time to fix it once and for all.
All of the proposals that are there to repeal the ACA and replace it would leave tens of millions without coverage and be too expensive for those who could least afford it.
Since the Republicans and the Democrats are never going to agree, let’s take a different approach. Let’s send a delegation of Democrats and Republicans that include members with medical and legal backgrounds to Canada and European countries that have Single Payer Universal Health Care Systems that cover all citizens. Study what works and what does not work, and select the parts of the system that would be best for the United States. Propose that as a system that could be supported by both parties. Universal Health Care could reduce costs by as much as 50 percent, giving every citizen access to health care that every other industrial county in the world now already has.
Take the insurance companies out of the health care system all together and have the government negotiate with the drug companies to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
Universal Heath Care would be free to all, rich or poor, and paid for by reducing the military budget and tax increases on the wealthy to pay their fair share. If every other industrial country in the world can have Universal Health Care for all of its citizens, so can we. This is not a political issue; it is a human-rights issue. The Republicans and Democrats need to work together on this one for the good of the American people.