To the Editor:
The American health care system is morally bankrupt despite celebrating billions in profits. In the U.S., we pay more per person than any other country in the world for health care, yet every other industrialized nation enjoys the guarantee of health care to all its citizens as a right.
In America, rather than enacting a single-payer, universal health care program such as “Medicare for All,” we allow corporate front groups to buy off our politicians as they spend millions of dollars convincing us we love paying for private health insurance despite the fact that the majority of American workers aren’t happy working for their woefully inadequate employer-provided coverage. Employers aren’t happy spending their time and money negotiating complex employee health plans, and popular support for a single-payer health care system is growing with bipartisan support.
The Affordable Care Act is not a guarantee. Hundreds of millions of Americans continue to experience increases in premiums and deductibles, huge gaps in coverage, skip or delay treatment due to costs, share or ration lifesaving medicine, and live in fear of having a financially devastating health emergency, or having the ACA dismantled altogether. It’s unpatriotic. Why do we continue to settle for more of the same and live with the uncertainty that comes with our current system when we can settle this once and for all with Medicare for All?
We can trust Bernie Sanders has the guts to take on the greed of Wall Street and stand up to the special interests in Washington because he has been sticking it to them his whole life. Look it up – Sanders is not for sale! M4A removes profit from the health care industry and says to large billion-dollar corporations that making sure people in our country have access to the quality care they need is more important and costs less than looking out for the bottom line of billion-dollar corporations and their shareholders.
Vote to fix our broken health care system! Support Medicare for All and vote for Bernie Sanders for president in the Illinois Democratic primary Tuesday.