The Hart Cunningham administration health care reform relies on the 50 years of success and experience of Medicare combined with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Americans deserve and need a health care system that works for patients and providers, focusing our federal investments on training the health care providers. Hart will ensure a stable health care workforce in all communities now and in the future, building a program that is not just for the wealthy, but also for all citizens regardless of income.
Healthcare in the U.S., the world’s largest economy, consumes 40% of our gross national product, about $2 trillion per year. Compared with twenty-one countries whose life expectancies exceed those in the U.S., all of whom have some form of taxpayer-financed or single-payer healthcare, there are 29 million without health insurance in America. The taxpayer refund does not help low wage or low-income Americans who cannot afford to pay taxes . The ACA is insuring over 20 million Americans, but not everyone can afford to pay for the programs offered. The ACA does not change the status of the United States: The country still is one of just a few advanced nations that have not made sure everybody has access to health care. The Cunningham administration will build on the achievements of the ACA and Medicare, combining and expanding to a single-payer healthcare plan. The failures of the ACA, created by the limitations put on the Act by Republican demands on the bill before it passed, allows for state-by-state enforcement of the law. Now the results are in healthcare coverages that could be available to all citizens which are withheld or provided by the position of the Governor of each state. Coverage of a Democratic Party run state versus a Republican Party driven state is as drastic as an advanced nation vs., a third world country when comparing health care coverage. An example is Californian health care compared to Tennessee’s plans under the ACA. The Cunningham administration sees our health care as a right for all people without con sideration to a political stance. Universal Health Care offered by every state, regardless of political bias, will be for every man, woman, and child. The social implications of the imbalances in our nation will begin to heal.