Health care has been a hot-button issue in the United States for decades. Families struggle to afford increasingly expensive insurance premiums and higher and higher out-of-pocket expenses. The status quo — a deeply broken privatized, for-profit health care system — simply can’t last.
Medicare for All is a smart solution to address our nation’s health care crisis and one that is rising in public acceptance. More than 70 percent of Americans, including more than half of registered Republicans, support the idea of a single payer plan that would expand the current Medicare system to cover everyone.
The Affordable Care Act made strides in addressing our modern health care crisis, expanding insurance coverage to millions. Yet more than 10 percent of the country remains uninsured, a figure set to go up next year when the Republican repeal of the individual mandate goes into effect.
What’s needed now isn’t another piecemeal step forward, but bold, visionary policy.