Why Run on Medicare for All
Why is Now the Time to Run on Medicare for All?
In 2018, healthcare will be on the front of every voter’s mind.
When asked by pollsters, or after voting in special elections, primaries, and off year elections like the ones recently held in Virginia, voters have consistently listed health care as the number one or number two issue influencing their vote.
In the past year, Republican lawmakers have attempted to sabotage our healthcare system through executive action and legislation. They have:
- Made multiple attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
- Pushed 3.2 million people off their health insurance in 2017 alone.
- Established “work requirements” for Medicaid beneficiaries.
- Attacked the health of people with pre-existing conditions.
Your opponent doesn’t have a plan.
Attempts to “repeal and replace” the ACA haven’t been focused on increasing access, improving care, or lowering prices. Instead, they make cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, allow insurance companies to sell “junk plans” that are too expensive to actually use, and attack the health care of women, people with pre-existing conditions, and the poor. They’re more concerned with funnelling more money to health insurance and pharmaceutical companies
It’s time to draw a clear contrast between you and your opponent.
We can’t just play defense. It’s time for candidates to run on a positive vision for health care. It’s time to replace the most expensive system in the world, that has left 80 million people uninsured or underinsured, with a truly universal system that keeps costs under control, frees up patients, doctors, families, workers, and small businesses, and helps grow the American economy.