A coalition of over 2,000 physicians supported from the US. Senator Bernie Sanders have publicly declared the need for the creation of a universal government-run health system in America, according to The Guardian.The doctors said in a proposal published by the American Journal of Public Health that the Affordable Care Act had not done enough to give all American citizens access to healthcare.
“Our patients can’t afford care and don’t have access to the care they need, while the system is ever more wasteful, throwing away money on bureaucratic expenses and absurd prices from the drug companies,” said David Himmelstein, professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College as well as lecturer on medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Bernie Sanders said “That is why we need to join every other major country on earth and guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privilege,we must push for universal healthcare” he said.
Paid for by modest tax increases, the single-payer system would allow all American citizens to see any physician of their choice, with no insurance premiums, deductibles, or co-pay.
“Bernie Sanders showed you can do extraordinarily well campaigning on this issue,” said Himmelstein, expressing confidence that as public pressure mounts, Congress will soon be forced to support the new healthcare system. Sanders, who battled Hillary Clinton in a close Democratic presidential primary race before conceding last month, has long fought for a government-run insurance plan, which he says would wrest healthcare coverage control from private insurers.
“We would have to abolish the insurance companies, there is no way around that,” Himmelstein said. Employees at private insurance companies would be given job placement assistance under the proposed plan, though multimillionaire insurance CEOs would receive no such treatment, Himmelstein quips.
Medication fees would also be renegotiated with pharmaceutical companies, just as countries comparable to the US already do.
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