Everyone in America should be able to access the healthcare they need, regardless of their financial situation. No one should have to choose between going without care or going broke because they got sick or suffered an injury. This shouldn’t even be controversial.
After spending the last 15 years working in and around the healthcare industry, I’ve seen it evolve with new technologies and procedures. What I haven’t seen evolve is our delivery model. While the Affordable Care Act was an improvement in many ways, it also failed to truly challenge the Medical-Industrial Complex.
Healthcare costs are out of control. We pay twice as much as most other developed countries for care that is uneven and inaccessible to many of our residents. A recent study found that our child mortality rate ranks dead last when compared with 20 other wealthy OECD countries.
How can we fix the drastic inequalities in our healthcare system? I believe that universal healthcare should be a core public good, and that a single-payer model is the best way to achieve that goal.
Shifting from a profit motive to a public-health motive will make us healthier and save us money down the road. A single-payer system reins in costs, which are currently out of control, by giving us, the buyers, the leverage we need in negotiating costs. Whether it’s the insurance industry, providers themselves, intermediaries like the pharmacy benefit managers, or medical products makers—the profit motive has run rampant. This is what I mean when I say the “Medical-Industrial Complex.”
I know this can be done, and I am not alone. Public support for universal healthcare is growing. A poll conducted in July 2017 by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 62% of Americans want their government to ensure healthcare for all.
We’ve been told time and time again that it just can’t be done—healthcare for all is too radical a proposal to get through Congress, and the American public won’t support it.
So they say.
But with the public on our side, and with the Democrats set to regain the House in November’s election, I believe now is the time for our political leaders to act.
As a candidate in the Third Congressional race to replace retiring Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, I hear a lot of worry and uncertainty about our healthcare system. Costs are going up, coverage is going down, and our seniors aren’t getting the adequate attention they require. Worst of all, the current Republican-controlled Congress, Senate, and Executive could care less. Their interests are right in line with those of the Medical-Industrial Complex.
My 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry—both in the private sector as an entrepreneur and in the public sector as an Executive Director with Veterans Affairs—gives me the experience needed to take on the challenge of improving our healthcare system.
If elected, reining in the Medical Industrial Complex and achieving healthcare coverage for all will be my top priority. The health of our nation relies on it.