Notable Organization of the Month
Each month Goods for the Planet, LLC highlights an organization, or movement, that shares a cause that is close to our hearts
This Month - Single-Payer Healthcare
Even before the worldwide pandemic we are experiencing, the US has been suffering from great inequalities in the care of its citizens. A medical emergency, even with healthcare coverage from a private insurance company, can devastate a family. They can lose their livelyhood, their home, their credit standing, their close relationships and their peace of mind.
The high majority of Americans are begging for solutions.
The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) was enacted by the 111th Congress, and signed by President Barack Obama in 2010, and helped millions of low-income families obtain some medical coverage. But coverage is limited, often with high deductibles, and many were left out. Small business owners often are faced with high premiums because their assets are considered income but their debts are ignored.
People of all income levels, who have some medical coverage through their employer, find themselves tied to their employment because of it. And, that coverage has been deminished with each benefits negotiation, or a company decision unforseen, and uncontrolled, by its employees.
With the current pandemic, employment security is very shaky. Millions have been laid off, and are living on unemployment or the generosity of friends and family, or in the streets. And, at the same time that they have no employment, and are threatened or suffering from Covid-19, they have no healthcare. Even if they are able to stay safe from the virus many have other health conditions that are going untreated. The medical debt that people are facing for uninsured, or partially insured, healthcare for themselves and their family members who have not survived will follow them for years to come. And, much of the unpayed debt is passed on to you, the consumer, with increased premiums, reduced coverage and increased taxes to provide essential services such as police, ambulance and emergency care.
As in every other industrialized country in the world -
Life in America does not have to be this way!
Studies have shown that a single-payer, national health insurance program is more efficient, more affordable and can provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service.
- No networks, no premiums, no deductibles, no copays, no surprise bills.
- Medicare coverage can be expanded and improved to include: dental, hearing, vision, and home-and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, prescription drugs, and more.
- Negotiate for better prescription pricing and capping what people pay for prescription drugs.