Medicare-For-All Letter to Representatives
From America’s Healthcare Professionals to America’s Representatives: Healthcare is a Human Right

Dear Elected Official,

We, the medical professionals on the frontlines of medicine, are concerned with the status of the United States healthcare system and the economic burden private health insurance places on the population. We believe moving to a single-payer Medicare-for-All model of healthcare is in the best interest of every American and we encourage you to support current legislation that would facilitate this transformation. In particular, we ask that you co-sponsor [HR. 1384, the Medicare-for-All Act of 2019 currently in the House of Representative or S. 1129 currently in the Senate.]

At the core of our belief is that healthcare is a human right. This is an inalienable right regardless of an individual’s race, education, citizenship, gender, sexuality, geography, religion, employment, or wealth. We condemn the greed, corruption, and profit-driven motivations of insurance companies, privatized healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries. The United States spends over $3.5 trillion dollars annually on healthcare to subsidize a failing medical system in which two-thirds of all care is government funded, yet we have 27 million Americans who remain uninsured and are the only developed country without a universal healthcare system. In the richest nation in the world, this is not a discussion of expense but one of justice and human dignity.

We know that a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system is the most beneficial system in terms of quality, access, and cost. In countries abroad, single-payer systems succeed through regulations the U.S. has neglected to implement:

1) The prohibition of stock market-driven, for-profit insurance coverage of basic healthcare.
2) The replacement of a complex multi-payer healthcare system with a single-payer model, eliminating wasteful spending from billing and administrative costs.
3) The federal power to negotiate lower prices for pharmaceuticals and medical services.
4) The establishment of a minimum coverage standard and a single coverage network.

Moreover, as underinsurance and medical debt rise, our duties as physicians to care and protect our patients are jeopardized. Healthcare professionals should be free to practice medicine without insurers overshadowing the delivery of care. How can we expect the American population to fight the diabetes and obesity epidemics without access to a primary care physician? In 2018, 35% of Americans skipped needed care due to costs. How can we expect better outcomes when Americans receive half the Long-Term Care of other developed nations? Our money has been diverted from patient care to administrative costs and profits. How can we expect our elderly to enjoy their twilight years with dignity while entrenched in debt from non-Medicare-covered costs? Medical costs force 49% of retirees to dip into personal savings.

We, as healthcare professionals and patient advocates on the frontlines of healthcare, see how a lack of coverage and access leads to racial disparities. African American maternal mortality is three times greater than rates of Caucasians. Caucasians on average live four years longer than Black Americans. We see increases in the number of underinsured Americans and know these populations are more likely to delay seeking treatment. We see children on Medicaid whose parents are unable to schedule physician appointments in a timely manner, if at all. We witness widespread burnout from laboring in a healthcare system designed to deny care. Each year, 300-400 physicians, or a number approximating one medical school class, take their own lives, at double the rate of the general American population.

We have the ability to implement a healthcare system that is just and equitable. The lack of viable solutions to our failing healthcare system is an overlooked opportunity for legislators to ensure financially-sound healthcare futures for their voter constituents. We need elected officials who will respond to the demands of the constituents they represent. We need Medicare-for-All.

With this letter, we urge you to publicly state your support for a Medicare-for-All healthcare system and become a co-sponsor of [H.R. 1384 or S. 1129].

Sincerely,

The Current and Future Medical Professionals of the United States







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