A Michigan congressman is proposing a solution to the healthcare debate that some physicians believe is a better alternative than the failed GOP proposal, and would fix the shortcomings of Obamacare. Representative John Conyers introduced the Medicare for All Act, which would extend and expand the popular single-payer program already in place for those over age 65.
Glenn Pearson, former president of Physicians for a National Health Program, says a single-payer option would allow President Trump to make good on campaign promises for more coverage and better benefits.
"America is the only wealthy country in the world that has a free market, for-profit system. It treats health care as a commodity, like buying a TV. In every other country, health care is a human right,” he says.
Critics have say the move would be too costly for insurance and healthcare companies, but independent analysis of similar legislation found that 95 percent of American households would pay less than with the current system of insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
Pearson, while not a fan of the Trumpcare proposal, notes the Affordable Care Act still leaves many without coverage and channels billions of taxpayer dollars to private insurance companies. He says a majority of Americans, including Republicans, support a system where money currently going to administrative overhead and private profits is spent on patient care instead.
"There would be no deductibles, no co-insurance, there would be very small co-pays. And so nobody would ever go bankrupt because they became ill."
He says even though more people have insurance since the rollout of the ACA, nearly two million Americans go bankrupt each year because of healthcare expenses. A National Day of Action calling for universal guaranteed health care is set for April 8th, the first day of the congressional recess.