Health Care

Health Care

Medicare For All

Did you know that hospitals in Western North Carolina are closing their maternity wards and forcing women in some rural towns to travel greater distances – sometimes over mountain roads, sometimes on snowy nights — to safely give birth? That may be smart business. But it’s not good healthcare.

And that’s just one example of the problem with the healthcare industry in America today. It too often seems mostly about business, less about health. We need to change that, once and for all.

I went years without healthcare, risking financial ruin if I was ever injured on the job. Like thousands of us in Western North Carolina, I finally was able to access healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. The ACA has worked for many, but it isn’t perfect and it does not cover everyone.

It’s long past time for health care to be made accessible to all. The only way to do that is to take the profit motive out of insurance. That’s why I support Medicare For ALL, not Medicare for those who want it. A “Public Option” health care system would cost more than the system we have now. The administrative costs would go up while the private, for-profit health insurance and pharmaceutical companies would remain in control of costs. Only when the entire American population is united under one healthcare system, Medicare for ALL, will we be able to bring administrative and medical costs down and negotiate for the lowest possible prescription prices.

Health care reform can be a game-changer for our economy, with the potential to create new jobs as everyone gains access to healthcare and require service. Still others will be free to start their own businesses when they no longer have to rely on employer-based healthcare.

So many possibilities. But only if we decide that healthcare is a human right, not a privilege reserved for the well off among us.

What we need in Western North Carolina are jobs that pay well and the political leadership to push for policies that can help generate those kinds of jobs.

If we had a single-payer Medicare for all health system, more people would have access to care and more people would be needed to provide that care.   If we had an environmental policy that pushed green energy, that could create high tech job growth while protecting our tourism industry. If we had tuition free public education from pre-K to career readiness we would prepare the workforce needed to fill all the positions.

If my vision reflects your vision, Please VOTE for PHILLIP G. PRICE, US House of Representatives.  Working together, our vision can become reality.