Bucking For-Profit System, Sanders Aims to 'Revolutionize' US Healthcare With Medicare for All

September 27, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

In a bid to “revolutionize” American healthcare by transitioning away from the for-profit status quo to a Medicare for All system that guarantees insurance to every American as a right, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday will introduce his long-awaited single-payer bill that is now backed by 15 Democratic senators and a wave of grassroots enthusiasm.

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“This is where the country has got to go,” Sanders told the Washington Post on Tuesday. “Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational healthcare system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All.”

Post reporter Dave Weigel got an early look at the legislation—which will be introduced at 2pm at an event in Washington—and summarized it as a total replacement of the current healthcare system with “a public system that would be paid for by higher taxes.”

Weigel continued:

In a video on Wednesday, Sanders contrasted his legislation with the Republicans’ failed plan, which could have stripped health insurance from more than 30 million Americans.

As Common Dreams reported on Monday, Sanders and his allies have emphasized that introduction of the Medicare for All Act of 2017 is only the beginning of a long struggle against “the insurance companies, the drug companies, Wall Street, and all those who make billions in profit” from the current system.

But opponents of Medicare for All “are on the wrong side of history,” Sanders wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times on Wednesday.

“We need to destroy once and for all the utterly preposterous myth that the so-called ‘free market’ will ever be capable of delivering the health system we need.”
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