President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, known as “Obamacare,” was based on a conservative idea.
This conservative idea was proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation in the 80s, proposed by Republicans as an alternative to “HillaryCare” in the 90s, and successfully implemented by a Republican in the 2000s.
Obamacare was a step in the right direction, but, as I recently wrote in the Deseret News, we aren’t quite there yet:
Obamacare was not a perfect bill. We still haven’t achieved universal coverage. Premiums still continued to rise — as they had before Obamacare was in place. America still spends 17 percent of GDP on health care, which is more than any other developed country by a long shot. And our health outcomes just aren’t keeping up.
We’ve tried it the conservatives’ way. And, coming from a person living in a state full of conservatives, they deserve our thanks for coming up with a solution that has gotten us this far.
But we’re not there yet. This is why I support a Single Payer system–Medicare for All. Nobody likes “middlemen” who raise the prices of things we need – and yet that’s exactly how we’ve structured healthcare. And the industry that’s getting rich off gatekeeping health care is one of the top donors to members of Congress. No wonder we don’t get change!
I am simply not comfortable rationing care based on wealth. That seems to be the exact opposite of what we believe here in Utah. We believe that families are the fundamental unit of society, not the wealthy family, but all families. All families deserve to have quality health care.
We’re blessed to live in the richest country in the history of the world – and yet we live in the only developed country in the world without guaranteed access to health care.
It’s time for US to fix that problem.