Healthcare is a basic human need, at the core of human dignity. Serious accidents and grave illnesses cost millions of people their financial security. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed to make sure that every American has access to affordable health insurance, even if they are not in an insurance plan or have been rejected by insurance companies due to a pre-existing condition.
Our Congressman and his cohorts are determined to end access to affordable healthcare, but they do not offer any alternative. We need to protect the ACA because it is far better than the system we had before, which left too many people uninsured.
However, today’s ACA is more expensive than it needs to be. Our next step is to reduce the cost of care, such as high margin prescription drugs. Ultimately, we must move to a system that is not loaded with administrative overhead and profits, which together cost more than 30 cents of every dollar spent!
I support expanding Medicare, which would deliver significant cost savings with its low administrative cost of 2%. Americans under 65 would be allowed to buy in at a rate that would assure the financial stability of the system overall. Insurance companies would still provide extended coverage, as they do now, to all Americans.
I’m committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.