Single-Payer Healthcare Coverage

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Universal healthcare is not a new or controversial idea. Eight presidents, Republicans and Democrats, wanted to expand health care to all Americans. All modern nations except the US have some form of Universal coverage.

Truman proposed "the creation of a national health insurance fund to be run by the federal government.” 

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Nixon said: "I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health-insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses."

Canada enacted a universal healthcare program in 1970 that has enabled their country to control the cost of healthcare for both consumers and government.

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Medicare-For-All is single-payer coverage based on expanding Medicare to include all age groups.  this approach is used by Australia.

Imitate success: Nations with universal coverage have greater accessibility to care, that is more affordable, and yields better outcomes. These nations enjoy more equitable treatment, higher life expectancy, lower infant mortality rates, and fewer deaths from treatable illness.

It seems prudent, given the positives of far outweigh the negatives in comparative studies, for the US to implement universal healthcare coverage. Medicare is well-liked and successful, it seems logical to expand this efficient and effective system, used by our seniors, to include everyone.

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Saves money: Due to lower administrative costs, the elimination of duplication, less waste and fraud, the savings from more timely treatment, and price controls, it is estimated Medicare for All could save US taxpayers as much as $17 trillion in health care spending over a ten-year period. It is estimated that it would reduce federal deficits by up to $400 billion annually.

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Helps business: Because the US government already pays nearly two-thirds of total health care spending, only a small tax would be needed and businesses that buy into Medicare for All would save money by reducing their insurance costs.

Boost the economy: Implementing Medicare for All would help balance the federal budget, save tax payers billions of dollars in lower health care costs, help small business, and improve overall health and productivity providing a tremendous boost to our economy.