Medicare for All
Americans spend twice as much on healthcare as other wealthy democracies. Insurance companies rake in billions of dollars a year while adding no value to the quality of care. Currently, 79 million Americans struggle to pay for life-saving procedures, medicines, and other health care costs. As a medical student at the University of Michigan, we have to regularly tell patients we cannot give them the treatment they need because their health insurance does not cover their needs. The medical patients in the richest country in the world should not have to endure such heartbreaking and unethical standards. We are done waiting.
Medicare for All means one thing: healthcare coverage for every American. No exceptions. We must remember: healthcare is a human right. This means that nobody should die in this country because they cannot afford to see a doctor. On Day One in Congress, I will cosponsor H.R. 1384, The Medicare for All Act of 2019. This bill will:
Guarantee universal health care to every American, including dental, vision, and mental health services.
Allow all Americans will be able to see any doctor of their choice
Bring co-pays, premiums, and deductibles to zero
Save Americans over $2 Trillion over ten years
Prevent 530,000 Americans from declaring bankruptcy due to medical bills
Medicare for all will help women access the reproductive services they need. Right now, many women are not able to safely seek an abortion because these services are too expensive. Under Medicare For All, abortion services would be covered for every woman. Regardless of socioeconomic status, any person would be able to exercise their constitutional right to make decisions over their own body. Additionally, 77% of Americans want abortion to remain safe and legal, and Solomon will fight to uphold the stance of the public.
Prescription Drug Pricing
In the last ten years, out-of-pocket prices per prescription of insulin have doubled and the overall cost of insulin has tripled. Americans are dying as a result of this greed; one in four diabetics report under use of insulin because of cost-related factors. In addition to saving lives, Medicare for All would put extra money in consumers’ pockets. The time for Medicare for All is now. Let’s save trillions of dollars and guarantee every American universal access to healthcare.