We pay the most in the world and don’t have the best health care outcomes. Our heath care system is a disaster that leads to more debt, untreated sickness, and declining life expectancy. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time we join the rest of the industrialized world in providing universal single payer healthcare (Medicare For All) to all of our citizens. The profiteering health insurance industry that gets between you and your doctor in it’s current form needs to be eliminated. The United States needs to be the sole single payer of insurance and must negotiate prices with healthcare providers and the price-gouging pharmaceutical industry.
We have a healthcare system that currently provides us with the following:
– Americans pay far more per person than the rest of the world for their healthcare.
– 45,000 Americans die each year due to a lack of health insurance.
– 87 million American adults in 2018 were uninsured or underinsured. Almost one in every two adults not currently on Medicare either has no insurance or has unreliable insurance.
– 36 million Americans skipped a recommended treatment, test, or follow-up because of costs.
– 37 million American adults in 2018 didn’t fill a prescription because of costs.
– 40 million Americans didn’t go to a doctor to check out a health problem because of costs.
– 57 million Americans had trouble covering their medical bills.
– Medical bills contribute to 500,000 Americans going bankrupt every year.
– The average American family of four with employer-sponsored insurance spent $12,378 in 2018 on employee premium contributions and out-of-pocket costs. This figure increases each and every year.
– The health insurance industry sent at least 1,212 lobbyists to Washington DC in 2017 (over 2 lobbyists per member of Congress) and reports record profits to the tune of billions of dollars every quarter and the profit line keeps rising every year.
– The pharmaceutical industry sent at least 1,490 lobbyists to Washington DC in 2017 (over 2 lobbyists per member of Congress) and reports record profits to the tune of billions of dollars every quarter and the profit line keeps rising every year.
– $482 billion was spent by Americans on medicine in 2018. This is more than all European countries combined and comes out to roughly $1,479.00 for every single person in the United States.
American’s know they’re getting ripped off. Polling shows that only 9% of American consumers believe the pharmaceutical industry puts patients over profits and only 16% believe health insurers put patients over profits. Polling also shows that 72% of Americans say that drug companies have too much influence in Washington.
The United States is the richest country in the world. There’s more wealth in this country than any other country on the planet. If the rest of the industrialized world can provide a more efficient healthcare system with better results, there is no reason we can’t. We have the means to do it. It’s just whether we have representatives that are brave and principled enough to stand up to the healthcare giants and big pharma. We need representatives that will stand up to their army of lobbyists and millions of dollars worth of attack ads. Representatives that will fight for legislation with the American people in mind instead of their donors. We can do it and it all starts with your vote for a better congress and your advocacy for issues like Medicare For All.
What Eric Will Fight For
I will support and vote for legislation that makes the United States join every other major country on Earth and guarantee health care to all people as a right through a Single Payer Medicare For All system.
I will support and vote for legislation that gives the government the ability to negotiate procedure costs and pharmaceutical prices with health care providers and big pharma in order to lower costs.
I will support and vote for legislation that aims to limit or eliminate direct lobbying efforts (including donations) of the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry to members of congress, their staff, and anyone running for elected office.
Here are a some bills in this field that I fully support:
I support the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act which allows patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to buy prescription drugs from Canada and other industrialized countries.
I support the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act which lowers prescription costs by pegging prescription drug prices to the median price in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. If the price is deemed excessive, HHS will void any government-granted exclusivity; issue open, nonexclusive licenses for the drugs; and expedite the review of corresponding applications for generic drugs and biosimilar biological products.