What Do Texans Want in a Healthcare Plan?
Republicans in Congress say that what Americans really want in healthcare legislation is freedom of choice. What I hear from real Texans in District 21 is that they want the financial freedom and peace of mind that come with knowing they won’t go bankrupt if someone in their family gets sick or has a preexisting condition. They want some of their paycheck to go towards enjoying their lives rather than paying for unreasonable premiums and deductibles. Put simply, they want quality healthcare that they can afford. In the 21st Century, in the great state of Texas in the wealthiest country on Earth, is that really too much to ask?
Medicare for All Would Make Our Lives Better
If there’s one thing I know about my friends and neighbors in the Texas Hill Country, it’s that we’re good people. And good people care for those around them. Good people want others to succeed and live healthy, productive lives. Good people treat others with dignity and respect. Guaranteed basic healthcare for all Americans is one way we can live up to the goodness in our hearts. Instead of going backwards and taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, let’s have the courage and foresight to transition from the Affordable Care Act to Medicare-for-All universal healthcare.
Universal Healthcare Is Basic Human Infrastructure
Most of us don’t mind pitching in our tax dollars for roads, rails, and bridges, but universal healthcare—an urgent and compassionate form of human infrastructure that would greatly improve our standard of living—is often disparaged as unattainable or even un-American. This is nonsense. Republicans say we can’t afford it, but America already spends a vastly higher percentage of our GDP on healthcare than any country in the world, while ALL other modern democracies pay much less as a percentage of GDP while their citizens have guaranteed health coverage. Fifty-five million Americans are already covered by Medicare, so expanding it is the most efficient path towards universal coverage.
Universal healthcare is the gold standard around the world, and a single-payer system removes vast amounts of inefficiency and brings costs down. No one living under a single-payer guaranteed healthcare system would trade it for the never-ending partisan debacle that is American health insurance, and there are a grand total of zero world governments begging congressional Republicans to overhaul their systems. We can have affordable universal coverage it too—if we elect representatives who care more about Americans’ wellbeing than lobbying money and party politics.
The Republican Plan Is Not the Answer
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), while it brought health coverage to millions, has problems that need fixing, and the runaway premiums experienced by many of you must be reigned in. But the Republicans’ bill does nothing to address the healthcare needs of Americans. It does nothing to lower premiums and nothing to expand services. It’s so bad that a Republican-controlled congress and a Republican president can’t even pass it among themselves. A healthcare bill should improve the physical and financial wellbeing of Americans, not harm them in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
Trumpcare Kills Jobs and Closes Rural Hospitals and Clinics
One in nine American workers are employed in the healthcare industry. The Republican plan, in all of its amended forms, would kill jobs. Many rural hospitals and clinics would be forced to cut back or close, their healthcare workers forced into joblessness or relocation, and their patients forced to travel to the city for care. The protections in place now have dramatically reduced personal bankruptcies and have been key to a recovering economy; Trumpcare would force thousands of American families into bankruptcy while leaving tens of millions without a decent insurance plan. We can do so much better.