It may seem counterintuitive or farfetched, but now is the time for Democrats and advocates of a national single-payer health care system to make their move, especially in California.
The Republicans, as we know from Friday’s early morning debacle in the Senate when they couldn’t muster enough votes to deny millions access to medical care, have been exposed as frauds. Their president is an unhinged fool, a corrupt liar, who is under investigation for major crimes.
Now, not later, is the time to act on single payer. This is not a case of rubbing it in or celebrating what might well be a temporary victory. This is simply realizing the nation’s focus is centered on the nation’s broken health care system right now. How many people are paying attention is debatable, of course, but the news cycle has been dominated in recent weeks by things people understand, such as insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
Now that at least more people are paying attention we should make the case for a single-payer, universal health care system, a system used by every advanced country in the world. The Republicans have exposed our broken health-care system in ways that even U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders couldn’t have imagined.
Medical care is a human right in the twentieth-first century. Insurance and drug companies’ profits are not a human right. The debate over health care needs to shift from market-based arguments to how we can efficiently provide health care to people. Unless, we make that transition, nothing will get accomplished.
As I wrote here, California Democrats and single-payer advocates have made a strong legislative case for universal health care. Unfortunately, legislation has been stalled in the California State Assembly after the state senate approved a single-payer system for Californians. Now is the time also to ramp up efforts here in California to go to a single-payer system.
California, if it develops an efficient single-payer system, would show the country how health care can work in a humane, cost-effective manner.
U.S. Senators Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein, along with their California colleagues in the U.S. House, should take the lead in the argument for single-payer on the national level, which would help the state effort. There should be no equivocation. It’s obvious how we repair the health-care system in this country.
More Americans are paying attention. Even Democrats know Obamacare needs major adjustments. But the only real answer is a single-payer system. The Republicans, through their deception and their lying president, have made that clear. Now is the time for Democrats and advocates to unite and propose the simple truth: Everyone deserves health care.