For Medicare for All advocates like Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of Physician for National Health Program (PNHP), the move by the insurance industry—while obviously a positive step in the midst of a deadly outbreak—only highlights the pernicious reality of the for-profit health system in the United States that leaves tens of millions at the mercy of the whims of their insurance company and the precariousness of their financial situation.
“Almost 1 in 3 Americans—more than 100 million people—have deficient health coverage, with copays and deductibles that effectively prevent them from seeking or receiving needed care in a timely manner,” Gaffney told Common Dreams.
“Multiple studies of patients with high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis show that cost-sharing deters the use of needed medications and care and, in many instances, causes demonstrable clinical harm,” he added. “Such large scale inadequacies in insurance coverage will make America’s response to a viral respiratory epidemic all that more difficult.”
As numerous medical professionals, public health experts, and progressive activists have long argued, Gaffney agrees that only a single-payer solution will solve the nation’s healthcare woes—not just during the current outbreak of COVID-19, but far beyond.
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