The human right to health guarantees a system of health protection for all. Everyone has the right to the health care they need, and to living conditions that enable us to be healthy, such as adequate food, housing, and a healthy environment. Elijah's plan would be to cut unnecessary government spending, from programs like defense and increase funding to operate healthcare systems. To pay for universal healthcare, Elijah would substantially increase taxes on the wealthy.
Healthcare is a fundamental human need, but it is not a need that anyone can meet on their own. We rely on the institutions we build as a society to meet our needs, yet the current market-based health insurance system fails to provide healthcare to all of us. We are required to pay pricey premiums for insurance plans that don’t meet all our needs, while deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs keep us from actually getting care. Those of us who are low- and middle-income pay a much greater share of our income for healthcare than the wealthy, and many immigrants are excluded from health insurance altogether. All but the wealthiest are just one illness or job loss away from serious financial hardship due to medical bills.
Despite the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health insurance reform, these problems persist. As long as healthcare is sold as a market commodity for the profit of private companies, this unjust system will deny people access to care, cause tens of thousands of early deaths, and force people into bankruptcy, debt, and impossible trade-offs between paying for healthcare or paying for housing, food, and other fundamental needs.
Only a universal, publicly financed healthcare system that provides healthcare as a public good can solve this crisis and move us toward a just economy that enables everyone to meet their fundamental needs and live with dignity. Financing healthcare through equitable taxes and publicly administering payments for all needed healthcare will stop the healthcare industry from determining who can access care and who cannot.
Elijah's plan would be to cut unnecessary government spending, from programs like defense and increase funding to operate healthcare systems. To pay for universal healthcare, Elijah would substantially increase taxes on the wealthy.