The U.S. has a screwy health care system that makes most people’s health care dependent upon their employment. They might get health care if they have a good job with benefits. But if they get laid off from their jobs, they lose health care.
In contrast, all other modern industrial nations recognize health care as a basic human right, and their governments fund efficient, high quality health care for every person regardless of employment status.
The U.S.’s failure to have Universal Single-Payer health care caused my cousin’s son to DIE.
My cousin’s son had a job with medical benefits. He had a serious medical problem that required an expensive prescription. When he was laid off from his job he lost his medical benefits and could not afford to refill his prescription when it ran out.
He found a new job that would start on a Monday, but on Saturday he died because his life-saving medication had run out.
If my cousin’s son had lived in a civilized nation with Universal Single-Payer health care, he would still be alive.
We need to push our state governments and the federal government to adopt Universal Single-Payer. The federal government is currently too cruel and dysfunctional to take positive actions, so we must organize and push at the state level. Indeed, this is how many progressive reforms have occurred throughout our history. State governments are closer to the people, so they can take positive steps. Then after a number of states have succeeded, the federal government can see that it is “politically safe” to make these reforms.