As previously posted:
‘This country uses taxpayer money to fund the most technologically advanced medical system in the world, then turns it over to private, for-profit corporations whose only goal is to charge as much as possible while delivering as little care as possible. NO ONE can dispute that simple truth, and still we refuse to confront it.’
As for funding:
What is the total cost of Medicare, Medicaid and all other Federally funded healthcare?
What is the total of ALL medical insurance premiums collected?
What is the total of ALL co-pays and deductibles paid?
What is the total of ALL out of pocket payments for healthcare in the U.S.?
Add them all up. This is how much we are ALREADY spending, and tens of millions of people are still not covered. Tens of millions are suffering financial ruin, suffering unnecessary health emergencies, watching their children and loved ones suffer. The simple fact is that we most definitely CAN cover everyone for less than we are pissing away now. All it takes is the political will to stand up to the money grubbing criminals running the show. It is entirely within our grasp - within our power. All it takes is for the people to DEMAND it - loudly and strongly. It really is just that simple.
The difference between asking for something and demanding something is not taking ‘NO’ for an answer. Are we tired enough yet of taking ‘NO’ for an answer?
Pass this bill in the House. If it does not pass in the Senate, do not amend it. Put it on hold, demonize, eviscerate and replace every Senator who refuses to support it, then ram it through in its entirety in two years.