Universal Quality Healthcare

This one is so obvious it hurts. No longer can we keep messing around with adjusting premium rates and CEO incentives. We need to make the jump to universal quality healthcare. There are many reasons to do this, but the biggest are humanitarian and economic.

Go ask a veteran if they would leave a wounded solider behind on the battlefield. They would definitively say "no" because we don't leave our teammates and our fellow Americans behind. We take care of each other because we're in this fight together and because we care about each other. It's incumbent upon us as Americans to care for each other. That's what makes these states united.

When we think of taxes, we often think of public taxes (ie. income tax, payroll tax, and sales tax). We often don't think about private taxes. Private taxes are the prices we pay for systems, especially systems we cannot avoid, that don't work efficiently. Our current medical insurance system is an enormous private tax we all pay in the form of monthly bills, deductibles, co-pays, low-quality care, emergency treatment, bureaucracy, and unnecessary overhead and administration. Universal healthcare eliminates or dramatically reduces all of these private taxes while increasing high-quality care. This results in a decrease in your net taxes. Universal quality healthcare is a tax cut. And this doesn't even take into account the increase in economic productivity from having a healthier populous.

There are many paths to get to universal quality healthcare. Right now, Medicare for All (M4A) appears to be the most likely route, but whatever form it takes, I'm game. Healthcare is complex and we're not going to get it right on the first try. It will take time and lots of adjusting to get it right. At this moment, the focus needs to be on taking that big step to universal quality healthcare.

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