Republicans conceded yet again on Tuesday afternoon after reports came out that the grotesque Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill would fail to even reach a vote in the Senate. In reality the only distinction between this most recent attempt at ripping healthcare from the middle class and previous ones is the name. Every repeal bill thus far has targeted three things: pre-existing conditions, Medicaid slashes, and tax cuts for the ultra wealthy. After all, padding those (eighty-two billion dollar) pockets of the Koch brothers is all that concerns the 21st century Republican Party.
However the valiant effort from both citizens and the Democratic Party cannot go unnoticed in preserving health care law as it stands. But a fortress can only be bombarded so many times before reinforcements are absolutely necessary. That reinforcement must be medicare for all.
Two weeks ago Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced (again) his resolution to the disgrace that is the United States health care system. His single payer option would guarantee every human being has access to quality care at a fraction of the price with no copays, deductibles, or insurance premiums.
And although three years ago it seemed like a “pie in the sky idea” it already has sixteen Senators co-sponsoring the bill. Among them are prominent Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-MA), and surprise cosponsor Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY).
Guaranteeing healthcare to all people is something the United States has fallen far behind every major country in providing even though nearly two-thirds of Americans support it. With the 2018 mid terms fast approaching, and the Democrats leading a “general congressional ballot” by , the door to tear down the Republican’s strangle hold on Washington is creaking open. But unless Democrats go in with a strong populist message that lead will quickly slip away. And the leading item on that message must be medicare for all.