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Why America Needs Single Payer Health Care

Updated on August 10, 2016
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For the first time I'm passionate about a candidate and putting my all into his campaign. Bernie Sanders will be our next president.

Bernie Sanders Talks about Health Care for All

When you're sick, you should be able to access health care. If you go to the hospital, you should not come out in bankruptcy.
When you're sick, you should be able to access health care. If you go to the hospital, you should not come out in bankruptcy. | Source

Americans desperately need better health care without high insurance deductibles, exorbitant monthly premiums and outrageous drug prices. Too many people suffer from this and it needs to change.

Although in the U.S. we now have the Affordable Care Act, too many people can't afford the monthly premiums or the high deductible when they need treatment. The health insurance industry still has a grip on the system and reap huge profits, making lots of money while people suffer.

The drug industry is equally profit driven and our prescriptions are much more expensive than the same drug in another country such as Canada.

An Ohio Retiree Tells Why Bernie Sanders' Health Care Plan Appeals

Vivian S. - I'm retired and sending Bernie money every month because I'm tired of living in fear of the next big health issue that we can't afford. I'm tired of going to the drug store so I can decide whether my husband should go blind, have a stroke or not be able to breathe because I can't afford to get all his medicine and what food will we have to give up to get it.

That's why I'm supporting and voting for Bernie because no one else cares.

Graphic Comparing American Healthcare to Other Countries' Costs

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When You Can't Afford Any Care

Ellen H. - My mom literally can't breathe right now so her choices are huge bills at the emergency room or waiting for a check to come through. Her medication is $300. I'm telling her to go to the ER and just don't pay. Stupid advice but it's what I'm having to do after a heart "incident".

These are shitty options.

If you've ever been denied a health insurance claim for some ridiculous reason, you should advocate for universal healthcare. Single-payer health care would send the crooked health insurance companies packing.

— Moses G.

Personal Stories from People Suffering under Our Current Healthcare System

This was shared in a Facebook group I belong to (I've removed the name for privacy reasons) - Last year I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis while uninsured. It was hellacious. I honestly thought I wouldn't make it through the summer, the pain is truly astounding. But I knew that I'd be able to sign up for Obamacare in November. Thinking I'd finally have access to healthcare kept me going through dark days. Sadly that's only somewhat been the case. The insurance itself is STILL not affordable. Between high copays and high prescription costs I can't always go to appointments or afford medication. Today I was going through my meds deciding which ones were safe to cut from my daily regimen because they're very expensive. I had to choose Elmiron (IC med) over cholesterol meds. This week I had to cancel an appointment. My husband works 50+ hours a week. It's disgraceful that this is happening in one of the richest nations on earth. By the way, thanks for reminding me to update my vaccines and get a flu shot.

Another person commented - I actually had something similar happen! I'm on MA and got a cyst last April. Because of the location, I had to have it removed or I wouldn't be able to work. The pain was absolutely horrendous!! When I spoke with the surgeon, he said 2" would have to be removed and sewn together......after injecting the dye to light up the cyst trail, 2" became 4" and 9 stitches. Took 3 1/2 months to recover. I thought I'd be ok with insurance..... Sure my prescriptions were free but I'm now more that 20k in debt due to the Dr visits and surgery that only lasted 15 minutes..

Jessi B. - A couple years ago we filed bankruptcy following a $36,000 gallbladder removal. I've been hoping no other major medical stuff will come up until the next time I can declare bankruptcy. No one in America working full time should have to plan surgeries around bankruptcies .

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Giving Up Food So Your Child Can Have Medical Treatment

A post by someone I know on Facebook (name removed for privacy reasons) - *No comments about flu shots, please. This post is about economic reform*

My children were vaccinated for the flu in November.

My 3-year-old son tested positive for the flu tonight in the hospital.

The only treatment effective at reducing the length of the flu is $129... after insurance. Ironically about the same amount we would have applied toward healthy groceries for the week had we not been preoccupied with tending to our son. Not having groceries this week means being able to purchase the medication without accruing interest on an increase in credit card debt. Imagine that.

Of all the parties involved - the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial industries - my family and I are the ones who pay. It is wrong to feel relieved that no groceries in the fridge means medication for my child.

When an American middle class, working family is thankful not to have purchased food at the opportunity to purchase medication to treat a vaccinated illness, something is not right. This is an economy that needs to be challenged. This is an economy that needs to change NOW.

Robin H. replied - There are no excuses for this kind of nonsense. A minor medical treatment shouldn't mean you don't eat for a week... and in most cases, I'd think that for some people, the amount of money you speak of may do more than buy groceries for a family for a week.

It might mean the money to get to and from a job or jobs; paying an installment on a back-due utility such as electric or heating fuel.

High Deductibles and Un-Affordable Care

Shawn B. - AMEN! I am one of those that doesn't go to the doctor because of my deductible. I am a single parent who quit my job to take care of my partner who had ALS. Now I pay $480 a month with $6000 deductible. $480 for what amounts to a "catastrophic" plan. Before, I paid $148 for one physical visit/full hospitalization catastrophic plan.

Dave H. of California - I'm very much in the same position -- I'm a full-time caretaker for my 81-year-old dad, and while, thank God, he's got Medicare for himself, I cannot afford *any* insurance plan for myself under the "Affordable" Care Act.


The Big Picture RT Talks about Single Payer Health Care

With Our Current System, People Die for Lack of Healthcare

Tiffany A. of New York State - It has been 6 months, and I live with a terrible truth. It is one of the reasons I supported Bernie Sanders for Presidency. The truth is my mother would still be alive if we, the American people, had universal healthcare already.

My mother only 50 years old, seemed in good health, full of life, died because she could not afford an extra and unplanned trip to the doctor. She thought it was just a cold or the flu, maybe she was just jet lagged. The fact is she had a heart attack and lived 10 whole days before her heart muscle filled with blood and could no longer beat. The truth is, if she had gone to the doctor a simple check of her vitals probably would have saved her life.

I cannot change the past. However, we can try to change the future. No one should lose a mother. My grandmother should have never lost a child. My children should have been able to grow up with their grandmother. I cannot change the future for my family.

However, electing Bernie could possibly have changed the future for another family. Someone else in the future does need to know this pain because their parents can get the care they need. Their children can get the care they need.

I do not need condolences or sympathy. If this touches your heart, vote Bernie Sanders for Presidency in 2016. All Americans deserve universal healthcare.

With a Heavy Heart,
A Grieving American Daughter

Bernie Sanders Speaks Passionately about the Problems in Our Health System

Citizens from Other Countries Talk about Universal Healthcare

How Do People in Countries with Universal Care Feel about It? Here's a Canadian Telling Her Experience

Amanda B. - I am a Canadian, lived there for 23 years. I had two babies there (never cost me a penny) had great care (stayed in the hospital each time for three days). I had one baby here in the US it cost us over $5000.00 which had to be paid to the hospital before I had her. I stayed for less than 24 hours and they wanted me to stay overnight but it would have cost us $800.00 more. Most expensive bed for one night I've ever experienced.

My whole family is still in Canada, they love their doctors, they never wait for appointments and go to emergency rooms if needed but never pay a penny. My Dad had both knees replaced in just over a year (waited to get the 2nd done after full year recovery on the first one - never paid a penny).

Even the Conservative Prime Minister said when he was running for re-election last year that no one had to worry, he would not change anything about their health care system. Please do not listen to any of the propaganda the private insurance companies and big pharma put out there. None of it is true. I have waited longer here in the States for an appointment than ever waited in Canada.

Universal healthcare is better for us but not so good for the insurance companies and all you have ave to do when hearing something negative is follow the money.

Australians Have Had Health Care for All Since the 1970s

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An Australian Talks about Their Healthcare System

Jennifer Lee M. - As someone living in a country (Australia) with universal health care let me explain. For an emergency, you get free healthcare IMMEDIATELY. This includes free ambulance. Less of an emergency at the hospital (eg. Broken arm) a couple hour waiting if there are emergencies (someone about to die gets priority). GP are as per normal except the government reimburses you. Admittedly knee replacements etc. can have a long waiting list.

The universal health care in my country also covers my medication for which there is no wait. Each script is only $6.20.HOWEVER!!!!!! All of this is WITHOUT insurance. You can still have private insurance if you choose. Then there is no wait at all!

HOWEVER!!!!!! All of this is WITHOUT insurance. You can still choose to have private insurance if you so desire. Then there is no wait at all!

They are just trying to scare you.


Also, if healthcare is free then you get the problem early so it's an easier fix and it frees up wait times.

Senator Sanders Compares Our Health Care to Other Countries

Politifact says that Bernie Sanders healthcare plan would have saved every family in America over $500 per year.
Politifact says that Bernie Sanders healthcare plan would have saved every family in America over $500 per year. | Source

© 2016 Virginia Allain

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      Laurel Johnson 15 months ago from Washington KS

      Health care is one of many hot button issues for me. My mother put off getting treatment for cancer because she had no insurance and waited until she got on Medicare. She waited too long and died too young. I'm a very cynical voter. I believe until congress and the senate focus more on working for taxpayers and less on lining their own pockets, whoever becomes president has an uphill battle. I respect Bernie but not the branches of government he'd have to work with.

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      Virginia Allain 15 months ago from Central Florida

      It's coming along. Quite a few Sanders Democrats are running for congress this year too. The approval rating for congress is about 9% and fear of Donald Tr_mp may sway many to vote for a Democratic congress. You certainly won't see the Republicans making healthcare available for all and Hillary will fare even worse with a Republican congress than Bernie will. They hate her with a passion.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 15 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Virginia, I share your belief that access to adequate health care should be treated as a right in this country. But I can't share your enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders as the agent of that change. Even if Sanders managed to get elected (Hillary has to collapse and the GOP has to nominate Trump for that to be a possibility), his chances of enacting his program are about as close to zero as you can get.

      Let's see. With at least one house of Congress still in GOP hands, an avowed socialist is going to tell the middle class that has been taught from infancy to abhor socialism that he wants to raise their taxes to support a single payer "government takeover of health care." Most of the people who still vehemently oppose Obamacare do so because they are satisfied with the healthcare they have for themselves, and are not much moved at the plight of those who have none because they really believe the "47%" are takers rather than makers. But they’ll willingly pay higher taxes so people they despise can get healthcare for free?

      So, Bernie is going to be able to garner almost universal support from the American people and force all those Republican representatives from safe ultra-conservative districts to change their entire political philosophy and pass his program? Remember, these are people who shut down the government in the face of massive public disapproval, in a futile attempt to destroy Obamacare, and cost taxpayers billions without suffering any negative political consequences for doing so. But Bernie’s mass movement is going to force them to change?

      If Bernie could stimulate that kind of support, he would have already beaten Hillary.

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