On Tuesday, March 11, a Senate Subcommittee chaired by Bernie Sanders held an unprecedented hearing on what the U.S. can learn from countries with single-payer healthcare systems.
The evidence was overwhelming: expert after expert from Canada, Denmark, Taiwan, and France showed that single-payer costs less while virtually eliminating financial barriers to care for patients. Right-wing critics at the hearing pulled out every misleading myth about single-payer, only to have them debunked by the experts in real world health policy. Here are the highlights.
Can you please take a moment to write a letter to the editor at your local paper about this important Senate hearing? The rest of the country needs to know that single-payer reform, such as John Conyers’s HR676 in the House and Bernie Sanders’s S1782, is the only solution to our crisis of rising health care costs and poor access to care.
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Here’s a sample letter:
Subject: Congressional Hearing Shows Single-Payer Reform the Best Option
On Tuesday, a Senate Subcommittee – possibly for the first time in the history of Congress – hosted a long overdue hearing on “What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries.”
Health policy experts from France, Denmark, Canada, and Taiwan painted a startling picture: even after full implementation of the ACA the United States will spend more than any other developed nation, receive inferior access to care, and see similar or worse quality of care. We are the only wealthy country that does not publicly guarantee access to care through a “single-payer” system of universal coverage.
For me, this testimony highlights the tragic consequences of clinging to a for-profit health care system that the rest of the world has escaped from. Our system, despite the ACA, lets people with illness slip through the cracks with devastating consequences, and costs twice as much. It’s time to take the next step and implement guaranteed healthcare for all.