A HEALTHY POPULATION

MEDICARE FOR ALL

HEALTH CARE:

The health of our citizens is as important as our education and our national defense. This is why Dana supports a single-payer health care system. Nothing is free, and this includes having millions of uninsured and underinsured individuals across this country.  When someone gets sick, their health care must be paid for, even if the patient can’t afford their treatment. 

We can ensure that all Americans can get the health care they deserve, and we can do it by spending less than we do right now. Currently, healthcare costs factor in the cost of the service plus costs of services that go unpaid by those who cannot afford to pay. We are not paying the market price for health care; we are paying a bloated price that accounts for unnecessary risk and uncertainty, excessive corporate profits of insurance companies, and reactionary health care instead of investing in preventative care.

The health care crisis we face today is a threat to small businesses, our economy, family security and the stability of our society. Families and individuals are being financially ruined and filing for bankruptcy because of unforeseen and unwanted medical emergencies. This should not happen here. There is no overnight fix, but we can begin to make the following changes to protect all American citizens.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: The costs of prescription drugs are out of control. Pharmaceutical companies have unchecked power over the prices of these products and over the lives of so many across the country. HR 3 would have helped address this problem. We need to evaluate the power that corporate pharma has over the health of our country. There is a way forward so the smart and dedicated scientists can be rewarded for their hard work, risks can be compensated, and the health of our population can be improved.

MENTAL HEALTH: The stigma behind mental health has to end. Students and our youth are struggling, veterans are being left behind, and our population is left in the dark when it comes to mental health support and resources. It is time to lift the taboo, acknowledge what we are feeling and living through, and begin saving lives. Schools, rural communities and veteran organizations need to have proper funding and trained mental health professionals to help those who are struggling.

RURAL HEALTH CARE: Critical access health care facilities are often the last thread community or county residents cling to. This is especially clear in many counties across the First District. The doctors, nurses and medical staff are so important to these communities. These facilities have to be properly funded and have access to updated technology so they can provide their community with the services they need. Growth in rural areas cannot happen unless these critical health care facilities have access to the resources that they need.

HEALTHCARE POLICY POINTS

The primary goal of a government is to protect its citizens. Protection entails not only defense when under attack by a foreign force or when independence is in jeopardy, but also from defense from internal threats that harm our citizens, society and government. Were a community to be attacked within our country, whether they could defend themselves or not, we would never sit idly by and let that attack happen. 

 

We, as Americans, would stand up to defend our fellow countrymen and women. So why do we sit by and watch so many around the country suffer financial ruin due to medical debt and be refused life saving treatment and prescription medication when we can do something about it? We are better than this. 

 

Our citizens should not be treated as second class if they are not fortunate enough to be provided insurance or earn enough to purchase it. No citizen of the United States should feel they are less than any other when it comes to their protection or their health.

 

We can create a better country where we are all protected and healthy. Here is how and why we should do it.

 

Why move to a single-payer universal healthcare system?

  • Healthier population

    • While the US spends more than any other country on healthcare, we do not stand at the top in quality of care;

    • Life expectancy will increase and infant mortality will decrease, especially among those most vulnerable;

    • Preventative medicine will be common practice, leading to a healthier population that is less vulnerable to medical emergencies

  • Money will be saved

    • Providing healthcare to everyone will cost less than limiting care to only those who can afford it;

    • Preventative medicine will cut down on pushed-off emergency operation and combative medical approaches, saving millions;

    • Bankruptcies will decline drastically

      • Most bankruptcies are tied to healthcare (66% or over 500,000 families yearly);

  • Small businesses and their workers will benefit

    • Better wages can be offered;

    • More competitive economic environment can be created

  • Civic tranquility

    • Happier citizens lead to a happier, more productive country;

    • We are the only democratic developed country in the world without some form of universal healthcare for its citizens;

    • We are the richest country in the world, yet we are leaving many of our citizens to financial ruin for attending to their health.

 

WHAT THE PLAN LOOKS LIKE

  • Previously proposed legislation

  • Coverage for ALL

    • No exclusion for pre-existing conditions;

    • Not contingent on where you work or how much money you make;

    • Out-of-Network will become thing of the past

  • Market prices and participation

    • Medical facilities, private practices, and all other healthcare providers will determine their prices based off of market principles;

    • 100% payment of costs to providers. 

      • Administrative costs will be cut, saving money and leading to lower overall prices;

      • Payment negotiation and receipt will be streamlined and fast;

      • All providers will be able to ensure proper care for their community, and all communities will have a provider in their area;

      • Will lead to expanded service for all Americans

    • Doctor/Patient relationships will not be infringed upon

      • You can still choose your provider, and your provider has the ability to welcome patients they choose with no government involvement;

  • Digital Medical Records

    • Records will be secure and easy to transfer, encouraging fluid communication between facilities assisting patients

  • Paying for the system

    • Monetary Reform coupled with tax reform is the first key step in this transition;

    • Once the cost savings are fully integrated into the system we will have a better understanding of fluctuations in a marginal health tax

      • Disposable income will increase across the board

  • Fraud/Abuse of system

      • To prevent or limit fraud and abuse of the system a monitoring system will be put in place to ensure abusers and bad actors are punished accordingly;

      • The safety and security of a reliable and justly financed healthcare system will encourage compliance and dissuade abuses;

      • Peer and community oversight will also limit abuses and promote sustainability 

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