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Sanders writes: "Last month, we won a very important victory against the Republican health care plan that would have taken away insurance from 24 million Americans, raised premiums for seniors and defunded Planned Parenthood."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)


People Who Cannot Afford Health Care Don't Deserve to Die

By Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News

04 April 17

 

The message below was circulated as a Medicare organizing petition, with links to the petition. The link to the petition is at the bottom if you would like to sign. The message from Senator Sanders does a great job of laying out the core issues. MA/RSN

ast month, we won a very important victory against the Republican health care plan that would have taken away insurance from 24 million Americans, raised premiums for seniors and defunded Planned Parenthood. 

But we must be clear. This is just the beginning of our struggle, not the end. Our true goal is not just stopping Republicans from destroying health care. Our goal is guaranteeing health care as a right for all people.

Let me be blunt. The Affordable Care Act has done some very important things for our country. Today, 20 million Americans have health care who did not before the law was passed. We ended the obscenity of people being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions and we put a cap on how much people with serious illnesses have to pay out of pocket. Progress was made but we can do better -- much better.

*That is why, within a couple of weeks, I am going to be introducing legislation calling for a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.*

People who cannot afford health care don't deserve to die. We should not be spending far more, per capita, than any other nation for health care or be paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

I believe now more than ever that the American people are ready to end the national disgrace of being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care as a right for all of its people. Add your name if you agree.

The truth is that the insurance and pharmaceutical companies in this country are bribing the United States Congress. In recent years they have spent billions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to make sure that we maintain a dysfunctional, but profitable, approach to health care. Enough is enough. Now is the time to take them on and do something about it.

They will try to make words like "NATIONAL HEALTH CARE" sound scary.

But the truth is, we already have a very large single-payer system in this country. It's called Medicare and it has succeeded in providing near-universal coverage to Americans over the age 65 and gets high marks from people who are enrolled in the program. I believe we can and should expand it to cover everyone.

I believe the American people are ready for a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system that guarantees health care as a right for all Americans. But getting there will require nothing short of a political revolution in this country. Add your name to say we're in this together.

Today, 28 million of our sisters and brothers are living without health care, while many others have high deductibles and co-payments. Despite the gains under the Affordable Care Act, there is still a major health care crisis in this country.

Our job, together, is to end that.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator, Vermont

Add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of my Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care bill that will guarantee health care as a right for all Americans.

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+29 # Wise woman 2017-04-04 15:09
This must come to pass. As I mentioned before, I was relieved of my entire retirement savings by Waterbury, CT hospital for the privilege of almost killing me (in addition to giving me MRSA) because I had a pre-existing condition. Shame on them particularly because they pocket the funds they get from the State instead of using them for people like me. Probably when this goes into effect, (and it surely will at some point), hospitals like this will no doubt have to close their doors because no one will use them. I say good riddance.
 
 
+6 # ThorunnPS 2017-04-05 05:54
I often wonder how the heads of these hospitals can sleep at night. Their consciences must be as dead as many of their former patients; I just hope that none of them claim to be Christian.
 
 
+8 # Akeel1701 2017-04-05 01:52
We've had a National Health Service over here since 1948, and for many people, it's been an absolute lifesaver. Sadly now, the Tories and trying to dismantle it and sell bits of it off to private companies
 
 
+12 # librarian1984 2017-04-05 07:06
Why don't we enlist business, big and small, to the cause of Medicare for all? Isn't it to their advantage not to have to worry about insuring their employees?

Medicare for all should be a conservative goal as well, since it costs less. The infrastructure is already in place with Medicare and Medicaid.

The thing perverting the discussion and decision making is the insurance companies. So allow them to compete with a public option. Then they would be incentivized to reduce costs rather than letting them pad costs. No aspect of medical care should be profit driven, and no private companies should be able to stand in between patients and doctors.

Despite our feckless msm Americans can see that we are the only advanced country not to give every citizen this basic right.
 
 
+8 # Citizen Mike 2017-04-05 07:47
I cannot say this often enough, the unspoken Republican agenda is genocide against the poor. I am convinced there is a mystical relationship between pain and money; the more harm you do, the more you make. No other way to explain Republican devotion to damaging the environment, keeping people sick, and racist police murders. They like sickness, pollution and brutality, and are itching to start as many wars as they can. That's the deal!
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-04-05 10:38
sorry # Akeel1701 2017-04-05 01:52

# librarian1984 2017-04-05 07:06

# Citizen Mike 2017-04-05 07:47

- repukes have ridden obamacare backlash to control of presidency, congress, and 30 statehouses across america

we cannot enlist conservatives, scrooges who want poor people to die and thereby to reduce their burden of excess population on society, to the cause of Medicare for all

we can only enlist people, voters who want the right to life! - when we have "grassroots" support, and ryancare infuriated and activated many, only then do we get Medicare for all
 
 
+3 # willsud24 2017-04-05 15:07
If only the Democrats had a candidate like this guy who stands up and fights for the people...

Oops...
 
 
-5 # JohnBoanerges 2017-04-05 19:42
I think that people that use a gun-backed government hand to reach into other peoples pockets DO deserve to die. Yeah, that is all you progressives.
 
 
+3 # Citizen Mike 2017-04-05 22:16
Who? What the heck are you talking about?
 

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