– Health care is now priced beyond the reach of many Americans.
– The number of people without health insurance is too high and is increasing. Over 400,000 people in Massachusetts lack coverage.
– Reliance on health insurance supplied by employers means that insurance can be lost when a worker is laid off or changes employers. Many workers feel forced to stay in bad jobs just to maintain health insurance coverage.
– In Massachusetts, over 39% of our health care dollar is spent on overhead instead of care. Our fragmented, multi-payer system chews up billions of dollars in the billing process.
– Americans are paying two or three times more for pharmaceuticals than consumers in other countries.
– Hospitals, nursing homes, and health centers are going bankrupt. The financing system for our medical infrastructure is in crisis.
– The quality of our health care is not what it could, and should, be. Hospitals are understaffed, physicians and nurses are overworked, and medical errors and professional shortages are two alarming results.
– Make a commitment to provide health care for everyone. Access to basic care should not depend on which job you hold or how much money you have in the bank.
– Remove financial incentives for undercare or overcare. Let caregivers concentrate on what is best for patients, not what generates profits.
– Get pharmaceutical costs under control by bringing the purchasing power of government into the market on the side of consumers. There must be an end to government helping drug companies fleece sick people.
– Implement a single-payer system that cuts paperwork and puts good care above corporate profits. The goal of health care should be to help sick people, prevent illness, and promote health and well being– not to make money from people’s illness and suffering.