We think that Medicare-for-all is a fiscally prudent exemplar of a commitment to the Gospel of Life because it would institutionalize everyone’s right to as healthy of a life as possible, on par with nearly every advanced country (and several that are still developing!). However, the public option gives Americans a real choice (not the cynical euphemism that the anti-lifers peddle) to enjoy the benefits of collective organization in purchasing their health care without forcing our neighbors who are happy with their coverage to abandon it.
The public option is a realistic bridge between the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) and the ideal of Medicare-for-All, recognizing the difficulty in passing even the former while allowing Americans to voluntarily experience the benefits of a program that could lead to the latter. Let’s review some of the benefits of the ACA:
- 100 million Americans don’t have to worry about being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions
- Insurance companies can no longer set annual or lifetime limits on coverage
- Young people can stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, allowing time to transition to their next stage of life.
Please consider the immensity of the challenge it took to get this bill through Congress and consider the attacks on this important piece of legislation from Republicans: even now, Trump is trying to get the courts to strike down the protections of the law, including coverage protection for pre-existing conditions.
As a part of Joe Biden’s plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, he is proposing a public option like Medicare, so that if your health care plan doesn’t do right by you, or you don’t have a private health care plan, you can sign up for something like Medicare.
The goal of Medicare-for-All is universal health coverage. Joe will help reach that goal by strengthening and expanding the Affordable Care Act.