Coronavirus has shown us that healthcare is not just a personal issue, but it is also a public issue. Recognition that health is a public issue is proof that society is a chain, and a chain is only as strong as its weakest links.
There must be a baseline universal healthcare for all Americans. Without that, all of us are vulnerable. After all, our Declaration of Independence recognizes that life is an unalienable right.
Poverty:First and foremost, we need to acknowledge that poverty is a healthcare issue. Hospital bills shouldn’t bankrupt a family.
Medicare:Give everyone the option to enroll in Medicare today. People are people, we cannot let our friend or neighbor go bankrupt because they have cancer.
Mental Health:Mental health is just as important as physical health. About 50% of Americans will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. Access to mental healthcare must be expanded and made more readily available.
Health Education:No one should be left to wonder if they can afford their child’s education. The Federal Government must fully cover all education costs derived from health issues.
Women’s Health:Nationwide support for women’s health must improve. Universal access to birth control must be extended directly to each woman. Implementing true recognition of reproductive rights by guaranteeing accessible and affordable family planning, including abortion, is essential to health equity.
LGBTQIA+ Health:We will build a healthcare system that works for all Americans. Learn more about Dylan’s LGBTQIA+ policies.
Single Payer:Prepare our healthcare system for transition to a true single-payer system by restoring the Affordable Care Act, eliminating existing conditions penalties, limiting short-term health plans, capping premiums based on income, and increasing access to urgent care. Australia’s market driven shift from a public option toward a single payer system proves that Medicare for All is a system that is not only the best but is inevitable. However, the healthcare system instability created by Taiwan’s struggle to quickly implement single payer provides a cautionary tale. The transition to Medicare for All must consciously avoid instability in the healthcare system that could jeopardize our capacity for care during the Pandemic.
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