Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Medicare for all - A study and sticker

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de:Bernie Sanders
para:Paulo Augusto Lacaz <>
data:1 de agosto de 2018 12:54
assunto:[Medicare for all] A study and sticker

Bernie Sanders

Our ideas are winning, Paulo Augusto.
Earlier this week, a Koch brothers-sponsored study shared widely with the corporate media tried to scare people into thinking Medicare for all would be too expensive for our country.
But what the study did was show that Medicare for all would actually save the American people $2 trillion over 10 years. And it would do so while providing health care for 30 million Americans who don’t have it today and eliminating premiums, deductibles and co-payments to private health insurance companies.
Sounds like a good deal to me.
So I want to thank the Koch brothers. I do not think their study had its intended effect.
This year, more candidates than ever before are campaigning on the idea that health care should be a right for every man, woman and child in this country, and not a privilege. They are campaigning on that issue not just in places like New York and Vermont, but in Kansas, Texas, and states traditionally thought of as “red” and “purple.”
And I intend to support them, because they are sure to face unlimited sums of money from the insurance and drug companies, from Wall Street and the Koch brothers and from all those fighting to protect their profits and the status quo. 
But I cannot do that alone:
Medicare for all is an idea that's time has come.
This is no longer a “radical” or a “fringe” idea. The last poll I saw showed that it is an idea supported by 63 percent of the American people.
And why?
Because people understand that the function of a national health care system in this country should be to provide quality care for everyone in a cost-effective way, not to make health industry CEOs richer or drive up stock prices on Wall Street.
Let me also be clear that a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care system will increase wages and expand employment by lifting a major financial weight off of the businesses burdened by employee health expenses.
Americans who are currently in jobs they don't like but must stay put because of health care access would be free to explore more productive opportunities as they desire. That is real freedom.
Today the United States remains the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all while spending more per capita than any other nation. If every major country on earth can do it, please do not tell me the United States cannot.
So I am going to spend the rest of the year campaigning not just for my re-election, but for candidates who agree with us on this issue. But I cannot do it alone:
In this pivotal moment in American history, we must go forward to guarantee health care as a right and not a privilege. This is a struggle not just about health care but about the heart and soul of our country, about what we stand for as a people. And it is a struggle we are winning.
In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders
Paid for by Friends of Bernie Sanders
(not the billionaires)


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