Universal Health For All

To the Editor,

Every other major country in the world uses some form of universal healthcare. They spend less and get better results. Healthcare in these coun- tries is not tied to jobs, free- ing people up to pursue a wide range of occupations. Further, we are the only major country in which it is legal to make a profit on basic health care. Our sys- tem is both morally and financially corrupt. Insurance works best when there is a large pool of people, so why not just put everybody in the U.S. in one large pool the way other countries have done? Market-driven health- care is failing us by two measures: expenditures and health status. The U.S. spends nearly 17 percent of GDP on healthcare; the oth- er 35 countries in the Orga- nization for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD) spend an average of 9 percent on it, yet our health outcomes are near the bottom on virtually all measures. Per person, this comes out to $9,451. in U.S. compared with an average of $3,814. in other OECD countries. In addition to poor healthcare outcomes, our “system” leaves 28 million uninsured and more to come unless we address these issues. Medicare-for-all would eliminate the need to deal with concerns like pre- existing conditions, lifetime caps, the proliferation of medical bankruptcies, and price gouging by the phar- maceutical industry. It would eliminate private insurance company costs such as profits, shareholder dividends, excessive execu- tive compensation, and mar- keting. It would streamline claims and billing process- ing, relieving doctor offices and hospitals from the need for large billing and collec- tions departments. These expenses consti- tute roughly one third of each dollar spent on health- care. Finally, People who currently work in the insur- ance industry could be offered jobs in the Medi- care-for-all system. True freedom means access to healthcare; NOT the freedom to file bank- ruptcy if you get sick. Source and for more information: www.sander- sinstitute.com/blog/health- care-research-paper

Katy Kern

Red Lodge