ISSUE

AFFORDABLE
HEALTH CARE

THE PROBLEM

The United States spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet our health outcomes lag behind many other developed nations. That’s right, Americans pay more than double the cost for healthcare and yet we still are far from the healthiest nation. We trail many others in rates for infant mortality, maternal mortality and many other preventable deaths. Life expectancy has begun to decrease for the first time ever and more and more working folks are declaring bankruptcy over medical bills they can’t afford to pay. In fact, in the United States, the leading cause of bankruptcy is medical bills.

This simply cannot stand. There is an epidemic in America targeting the sick and lower class. As the only developed country in the world that doesn’t offer a universal healthcare option, it’s time we stand up to the pharmaceutical companies, stand up to the lobbyists, stand up to the greed and corruption and demand immediate action on healthcare reform. 

WHAT WE CAN DO

Much of the conversation on healthcare in America focuses on who gets access to healthcare, what’s covered, how much it costs and how it’s paid for. The solution is to drastically reduce costs and rapidly expand access.

We need to educate voters on the benefits of greater competition among healthcare providers and insurers, and how that will directly reduce costs. Right now employees have only one choice of insurer: whichever company their employer works with. And their choice of healthcare provider is limited by that one insurance provider. Decoupling health insurance from employment will help increase competition and reduce costs. As an added benefit, it will help American workers unleash their greatest asset: their own human capital, their ability to leave their current job for a better opportunity, or to start a company and create jobs themselves. We’re making this a greater part of the healthcare conversation so that voters can make better policy choices at the ballot box.

Together, we can promote and support policies that expand access to healthcare. We can support the Affordable Care Act, increasing competition and access to healthcare for working Americans. We can continue working to fill the coverage gap many low-income families fall into by encouraging states to expand Medicaid. The key to winning this battle and creating a better healthcare system and a healthier America is educating voters on the realities of these options, the realities of our current situation, holding politicians accountable, and creating online actions and volunteer opportunities so that everyday people can make their voice heard in Washington so we can finally bring an end to the broken healthcare system we have today and save millions of American lives.

UNIVERSAL

Only first world nation without

The U.S. is the only developed nation that doesn’t offer universal healthcare out of over 50 other developed countries with costs doubling the annual per capita amount spent compared to those other countries. [1]

MEDICAL BILLS

Leading cause of bankruptcy

Medical bankruptcy is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., with over one million adults declaring medical bankruptcy in 2015 due to rising healthcare costs and the lack of accessible affordable options. [2]

RESULTS

LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER IN THE US

Life expectancy is lower in the U.S. than in any other comparably wealthy country. In 2016, the U.S. spent nearly twice as much as 10 high-income countries on healthcare yet performed worse on population health outcomes. [3]

COST GAP

administrative costs gap

Administrative costs account for about two percent of Medicare’s expenditures, versus 17 percent for private health insurers. That’s an increase of over 750% in “administrative costs” and salaries for private insurance. [4]

[1] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2674671 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2513561 [2] https://www.kff.org/report-section/the-burden-of-medical-debt-section-3-consequences-of-medical-bill-problems/ [3] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2674671 [4] https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20110920.013390/full/

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