Health care is not a ‘Republican’ or a ‘Democrat’ issue. It is a fundamental human right, and it is time for the United States to take the lead in making care available to every citizen.
The World Healthcare Organization has ranked America in 37th place when it comes to health care. During the past year, the number of uninsured Americans has greatly increased. An estimated 5% of children and 10-12% of adults do not have any health coverage whatsoever. Chronic health issues have pushed many Americans out of the workforce. Others who have experienced medical emergencies are forced into bankruptcy through no fault of their own.
Those who do not have health insurance cannot get preventive care. They must rely solely on expensive emergency room visits which in turn increase everyone’s costs. Entrepreneurs, part-time employees, and people in certain industries often do not have access to health insurance in their price range.
The solution is to make public health care available to anyone who wants it. If private insurance is too expensive, any citizen should have the option to purchase Medicare as an insurance plan at a reasonable rate. By creating a public option through a Medicare buy-in program, we can provide healthcare for the millions who still need it while gently easing America into a public healthcare system.
Implementing a Medicare-for-all option will ultimately reverse the trend of increasing healthcare costs for both consumers and providers, and its impact will have far-reaching economic implications. It also will ensure that rural areas do not lose access to clinical care. Most importantly, it is the right thing to do.
Committee to Elect Chuck Enderlin
P.O. Box 1174 Newnan, GA 30264