Medicare for all
Health care is a right, and it has been codified as such in this country since 1986 when Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), an unfunded mandate signed by then-President Reagan. It ensured that everyone, regardless of income, status or citizenship, received care at federally funded hospitals (nearly all of them). So how is it that in 2019, fewer than 20% of Americans[JWK1] have or can afford healthcare? If we are the richest country in the world and Mexico has a better system of caring for its citizens and residents, we need to rethink how we prioritize our health and our lives..
The truth is that we put business profits ahead of people. Private insurance companies have been reaping enormous financial rewards off our illnesses for decades as millions of people across the country go bankrupt and die because of it. And generations of corrupt politicians have allowed them to become monopolies with the power to extort many hundreds of billions of dollars from the people each year. The health insurance industry spent $150 billion dollars last year in lobbying to protect their monopolies — money that could have been spent on providing care and saving lives. Medicare for All will provide everyone with health care, increase the number of doctors and care facilities, and stop Big Pharma from gouging consumers.
It's time we put people first.