Green Party of Virginia Calls for Medicare for All

Corporate Parties Unable to Address the Crisis
Richmond, VA May, 5, 2017

The Green Party of Virginia calls for a Medicare type healthcare system for all Americans. At a time when our legislators from the two corporate led parties have demonstrated the inability to adequately address the crisis before us, we call for a federally administered single-payer health care program. Universal single-payer health care means comprehensive coverage for all Americans as a right of citizenship.

The U.S. spends more on health care per person, and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than any other advanced nation in the world, yet is extremely ineffective in providing adequate healthcare. Millions are not covered at all, most are inadequately covered or it is unaffordable, while businesses are being strangled by premiums. We need a system whereby Americans will be able to choose a health care provider without worrying about whether that provider is in-network and will be able to get the care they need without having to read any fine print or trying to figure out how they can afford the out-of-pocket costs.

Along with this we must stand up to drug companies and negotiate fair prices for the American people collectively. People are being held hostage by healthcare, and are mere pawn of the two parties. “We cannot continue to legislate healthcare for the benefit of corporations,” said Co-Chair B. Sidney Smith. “People over profit must be the starting point in our search for solutions.”
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