Bernie Sanders, US Senator, in the “Issues: Medicare for All” wrote: “Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. We need a system that works not just for millionaires and billionaires, but for all of us. Americans should not have to fear losing their health insurance if they lose their job or change employment. We need a system that prioritizes the health of working-class families over the profits of insurance companies.”
With $19 trillion GDP a year, the US government considers healthcare to be a commodity based on income and wealth:
The members of congress, the upper-income class and the rich have access to the best healthcare plan while the poorest citizens die 20 years younger than the rich and privileged.
The upper class, rich and members of congress can also afford to eat healthy and nutritious foods while processed foods, toxic foods, GMO corn and Twinkies are subsidized with our tax dollars.
Many kids in poor neighborhoods of America grow up on a bag of Cheetos and chips subsidized with our tax dollars while organic farmers and local food producers are being fined with hefty organic fees.
In one of the wealthiest nations on earth, lower-income and working class families live shorter and less healthier and happier life while the US government gives billions of dollars tax cut to the rich and bails out the banks.
With more than 30 million uninsured and under-insured people, we spend a lot more per head of capita than any other advanced countries, while getting less for the money we pay:
Every year, Americans spend $10,000 per capita on healthcare where as other countries pay a fraction of this number. Like the French spend $4,500 per capita, the British spend $4,100, the Germans spend 5,5000 and the Canadians spend $4,500.
The reason Americans spend a lot more money on healthcare is because of a complicated, wasteful and bureaucratic system that favors private insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurance managers and medical equipment suppliers instead of providing cost effective and quality care for the average American.
It is time to change our current wasteful, bureaucratic and dysfunctional healthcare system that benefits the stockholders and top CEOs and replace it with a reasonable and democratic healthcare system that benefits majority of the American people.