The Supreme Court has rendered its decision on King v Burwell. That decision will allow millions of Americans to retain access to health insurance through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In his response to the Court’s decision, Bernie said that the decision protects the ACA’s “modest gains,” adding: “It’s also a good day for the small business owners who, before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, couldn’t afford the escalating cost of providing insurance for their employees.”
Bernie went on to say this:
“But while I am glad the Supreme Court upheld the law, in my view, the only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a Medicare-for-all single-payer system.”
He based his position on what he called “two very simple premises”: that health care must be recognized as “a right, not a privilege,” and that a national system would “provide care for every single American in the most cost-effective way possible.”
“Tragically,” Bernie said, “the United States fails in both areas.”
Here is an additional excerpt from Bernie’s reaction to the Court’s decision:
“The health insurance lobbyists and big pharmaceutical companies make “national health care” sound scary. It’s not.
“In fact, a large single-payer system already exists in the United States. It’s called Medicare and the people enrolled give it high marks. More importantly, it has succeeded in providing near-universal coverage to Americans over age 65 in a very cost-effective manner.
“It’s time to expand that program to all Americans.”
Despite the fact that millions of Americans remain uninsured and millions more have inadequate health insurance, the United States spends far more on health care than any other developed nation. Bernie has launched a petition calling for a “Medicare-for-all single-payer system.”