What is Medicare for All?
Medicare for All is a simple concept. It means the establishment of a single, public, universal health insurance system, managed by the federal government, where everyone, regardless of their employment or immigration status, will have insurance.
It means comprehensive care: all services provided by a medical professional will be covered, including preventative, long-term care, mental health, reproductive healthcare, dental, and vision services. It means free, on demand, unlimited care at the point of service, paid for not on the backs of the sick but through taxes on the rich. That means no fees, no co-pays, and no deductibles. And it means the establishment of a jobs program to replace the existing jobs lost if the private health insurance system were abolished.
It means you get your choice of doctor and hospital, and doctors regain autonomy over patient care, not having to worry about hospital network restrictions. It means that if you lose your job, you won’t lose your healthcare. It means more take-home pay for working people, savings for employers, and more efficient government health spending.
It means that the 45,000 Americans that die every year from not having health insurance will get the care they need. It means you won’t have to put off going to the doctor, filling a prescription, or having a procedure done because you’re worried you can’t afford it. It means a major health emergency won’t put your family at risk of bankruptcy.
Like to learn more? You can check out the DSA’s M4A site, and the texts of SB 1804, the M4A bill before the Senate sponsored by Bernie Sanders, and HR 676, the M4A House Resolution sponsored by Keith Ellison.
Why do we need Medicare for All?
Americans already have the highest healthcare spending in the world, yet we have little to show for it. Life expectancy rates are lower for Americans than in any other developed nation, tens of thousands die each year from lack of insurance and inability to pay for treatments, and the US has some of the highest rates of chronic diseases in the world. These negative effects of our expensive and ineffective healthcare system disproportionately affect low income people, people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, and those with disabilities. Medicare for All will help everyone, but it will especially help those who are unable to receive quality healthcare right now.
Medicare for All Phone-a-Thon
Join us on Sunday, April 15 at 4pm at the Lawrence Public Library for a phone-a-thon where we’ll call our local, state, and federal authorities in support of Medicare for All and Kansas Medicaid expansion. Snacks provided!
Here are the phone numbers and call scripts for getting the word out to our reps:
M4A National Weekend of Action
April 21-22 is the national Weekend of Action, where people all over the country are going to knock on doors in our communities raising awareness of Medicare for All.
Because of the forecast, we’re postponing our canvassing event until April 28. We’ll meet at the gazebo in South Park at 11. See you there!
As always, feel free to reach out and contact us at the links at the bottom of the page.