Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NY Times -- When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay

 By Eduardo Porter

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders:

The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. While the Republican "health care" plan will only make matters much worse, we should understand that we are currently way behind other major countries in terms of the health and we'll-being of our people. Sadly, we trail almost every other major country in terms of life expectancy, infant mortality, maternal mortality or early deaths. With 28 million uninsured, we are way behind most other countries in terms of primary care and easy access to the medical and dental care we need. Further, with one out of five Americans under 64 unable to afford the medications their doctors prescribe, we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

This week, our job is to defeat the horrendous Republican Senate proposal which would throw 22 million Americans off of the health insurance they currently have. Into the future, we must rally the American people in the fight to guarantee health care for all through a Medicare for All, single payer program.

Update: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will delay the vote on the Republican leadership's health care bill until after the July 4 recess.

“McConnell told GOP senators that he wants to make changes to the bill, get a new Congressional Budget Office score and have a vote after the holiday, two sources told CNN.”