After the utter failure by the GOP to repeal Obamacare, they are turning their back on the main promise to “repeal and replace” it. This major victory for democrats will give us the chance to maintain our momentum on the upcoming issues. It has helped democrats with obtaining the forty-one “no” votes to block Trump’s supreme court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
The American Health Care Act was defeated by Democrats, some Republicans, and the House Freedom Caucus. The Democrats and some Republicans thought that throwing about 24 million people off of health care and giving the rich hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts was too much, but the House Freedom Caucus said it was not extreme enough. This is scary because there are thirty-two congressmen affiliated with this group in the House. But nevertheless, we won a huge battle that Republicans have been talking about since the Affordable Care Act was made legislation.
Below is a graphic depicting the % of people who would not have health care on the different plans.
The AHCA is even worse than before the ACA was passed. In the first year that the GOP plan would be in effect, 10 million people would have lost their coverage.
On the other hand, despite Obamacare supplying health care to millions of Americans, it did raise deductibles to insane highs and cause other problems. This is why Bernie Sanders will introduce a plan to join the rest of the developed world in guaranteeing health care as a right and not a privilege this month. Out of all of the progressive beliefs, this is one of our least extreme ideas, and in recent polls, the medicare-for-all option has consistently received 60% or higher in favorability ratings.
Below is a map of the world, and in green are the countries who guarantee health care to all of its’ citizens.
As we are the richest country the world has ever seen, it is a national disgrace that America has not joined the rest of the industrialized world to provide health care as a right to all people. On top of this, a single payer program is a much more cost-effective system, than our current program in which we spend more money on health care than any other country. Furthermore, Americans spend ten times as much money on prescription drugs than our northern neighbors in Canada, due to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.
When an estimated 45,000 people die each year due to a lack of health care in the US, we need to give these people adequate medicare. It is possible. You may be thinking that a medicare-for-all single payer program is just not feasible, and this is what Republicans and many Democrats want you to think. But, this is just false. It is possible and this is seen by all of the other advanced nations in the entire world on top of many others.
I know that in the current political climate and with all of Congress under the GOP control it would be impossible for the single payer program to be passed, but the more we speak out the faster change will occur because many politicians base their beliefs on popularity rather than what is right. Hopefully, these type of politicians will soon begin to see and recognize that these polls really do reflect the general consensus.
Finally, the failure of the GOP to repeal and replace Obamacare has created a huge opening for a medicare-for-all option to become known and accepted, so it is necessary for us to capitalize on this opportunity. The single payer program, in which Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren speak about, is the most sensible and effective form of health care, so why don’t we join the rest of the developed world in guaranteeing medicare as a right and not just a privilege.