“Medicare for All means that Americans will no longer hesitate about going to the doctor because they can’t afford the cost. It will mean that a hospital stay will not bankrupt us or leave us deeply in debt. It will mean that we can go to the doctor we want, not just one in our particular plan. It will mean that we will no longer be spending enormous amounts of time filling out complicated forms and arguing with insurance companies as to whether or not we have the coverage we paid for. It will mean that we will be able to get the prescription drugs we need at a price we can afford. It will mean that middle class families will not have to spend 20 or 30 percent of their incomes on health care.
At a time when we have hundreds of separate individual health care plans, a Medicare for All, single-payer health care system would save many billions a year in administrative costs. It would allow our businesses to be able to better compete against companies around the world that don’t have to worry about the cost of providing health care to their employees. It would mean that workers would no longer have to stay in jobs they dislike, simply because they receive decent health care benefits.
The time is now to address one of the great crises our nation faces. It is not acceptable that 28 million Americans have no health insurance and that even more are under-insured with high co-payments and deductibles. The time is now for a Medicare for All, single payer system. Health care must be a right, not a privilege.
Before I introduce my legislation, let me know that you’re with me. Let me know that you’re prepared to join the struggle.
Please add your name as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of my Medicare for All, single-payer health care bill. ” In solidarity , –Bernie Sanders