Michele Craig: Why Medicare for All is needed

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Health Justice Monitor reports that “the Congressional Budget Office just released a powerful report, highlighting multiple ways in which single-payer (Medicare for All) would strengthen the economy. That’s right, not just health, but also general economic productivity and well-being. Efficiently financed universal health care improves health and reduces financial burdens, boosting economic performance.”

As a nurse of 43 years, I repeatedly witnessed the effects of patients delaying needed care due to lack of insurance, or insurance with high deductibles and co-pays. Patients would wait until they were desperately ill before coming to the emergency department. Some wouldn’t make it despite our best efforts.

By ensuring access to needed care throughout people’s lives, Medicare for All would increase the well-being of all the residents of our community by keeping people healthier and ending the risk of falling into debt or facing bankruptcy due to medical expenses. Medicare for All guarantees comprehensive and quality care for all, without copays, deductibles or high out-of-pocket costs.

Uninsured Americans end up using emergency rooms more frequently than those with insurance, and local governments (we) often end up footing the bill. No one can be denied care or forced to use an emergency room because s/he has no doctor or health insurance, and no one will be forced into poverty due to a health crisis.

Medicare for All would save lives and money. I urge you to support it.

Michele Craig

South Deerfield