Healthcare: the industry that consumes nearly one out of five dollars of our GDP. The United States spends nearly twice as much on healthcare compared to the second highest healthcare spender in the world. Despite this, our healthcare isn’t even ranked within the top 10.
"When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law 55 years ago, America was in the midst of a healthcare crisis with 56% of seniors lacking healthcare. Today, we continue to have a crisis with 29 million uninsured Americans. Glucophage, a diabetes medication, costs $3 in Mumbai, $17 in Dubai, and $109 in San Jose! Over the past two decades, the opioid crisis killed thousands of people while pharmaceutical companies raked in the profits. Meanwhile, many American families are just one medical emergency away from bankruptcy.
"Our healthcare system is run by greed. Now is the time to fight for the healthcare rights of the American people. It's time to pass legislation that American families need and deserve. Medicare for All has tremendous support in Congress: Representative Jayapal's House bill H.R 1384 currently has 118 co-sponsors."
However, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo does not support Medicare for All (H.R. 1384). The pharmaceutical industry has given over $43M to politicians to oppose Medicare for All. Congresswoman Eshoo is, in fact, the #1 recipient of Pharma money in congress.
"Anna Eshoo's record on drug prices is terrible, and the reason why is obvious. She's taken enormous sums of money from drug corporations, and she does their bidding in Washington." - David Mitchell, founder of Patients For Affordable Drugs Action
Rishi Kumar supports Medicare for All and has pledged to NEVER accept PAC money or Special Interest Group money. "American families deserve quality, affordable health care. That's why I pledge as your congressman to fight for your needs above those of Big Pharma. I am the only candidate in the race who has taken the No Health Industry PAC Pledge. I will continue to prioritize the health of the American people over the profits of the pharmaceutical industry."
In America, healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. Covid-19 has shone a light on the inadequacies within the American system. Several countries have adopted a single payer system, and it’s time for America to follow suit. I strongly support Medicare For All (H.R. 1384). As a candidate for Congress, I am dedicated to guaranteeing affordable healthcare for every American. Although Big Pharma and healthcare lobbyists have plagued our democratic system, I have pledged to reject all special interest group and PAC money. I am here for the people and will push for Medicare for All.
Here is an article about Direct Contracting (DC), a system to replace Medicare that arose during the Trump Administration. The Biden Administration seems to be about to adopt this system with few changes. It is unbelievable that the Democrats whose job it is to protect the wildly popular, cost-effective, lifesaving Medicare, are going to privatize it.
Thom Hartmann writes here about how Medicare Advantage over billed Medicare, leading to the billions of dollars that were wrongfully paid to the insurance industry. Many of these overpayments happened during Obama’s years in office and Eshoo never alerted her constituents of this depletion of Medicare/taxpayer funds. Additionally, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services refused to recoup the fraudulently conveyed funds. Eshoo failed to step up!
For half of her career, Anna Eshoo has enabled the depletion of the Medicare Trust Fund to the detriment of her constituents and to the benefit of the insurance industry. $106 billion in overpayments as a member of the Health Subcommittee, and since she became Chair, more than $600 billion in overpayments estimated over the next 9 years. A breach of trust, a failure of oversight, a failure of leadership. Who does Anna Eshoo represent?
Today, Eshoo is supporting the privatization of Medicare and refusing to alert her constituents to this hijacking of their tax dollars. Please watch the webinar talks below about the Democrats' attempt to privatize Medicare and the 300+ organizations that are against it.
Here is the image - the letter of proof from Eshoo. Eshoo’s letter claims the Reach program will help to serve underserved communities which is contradicted by the article below, “CMS created a 'Health Equity Benchmark Adjustment' to incentivize REACH middlemen to enroll underserved beneficiaries, determined by residence and Medicaid eligibility," ...CMS will give REACH middlemen an additional $30/month ($360/year) for each beneficiary in the top decile of the Benchmark, regardless of how much care each beneficiary receives." Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) president Dr. Susan Rogers.
Seniors are unaware the privatization of Medicare is already in motion, and the incumbent’s is pushing for the hijacking of this critical senior care healthcare plan.
More than 300 organizations, including many Congressional watchdogs oppose privatizing Medicare. They are speaking up against it. Not Anna Eshoo! CMS announced it will not change its approach to risk scores; Medicare Advantage revenue will increase 8.5%. Overpayments will exceed $600 billion between 2023 and 2031. What has Anna Eshoo as the chair of the Health Subcommittee done to provide oversight or stop this?
The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) “REACH” Model, which stands for “Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health.” scheduled to launch on Jan. 1, 2023. This will further privatize Medicare even more and severely compromise their health care. I am against it!
Wall Street firms should not be allowed to make decisions on whether seniors live or die. Profits should not be the primary driver of these decisions.
A government watchdog concluded Medicare Advantage plans offered by private companies deny medically necessary care to tens of thousands of enrollees each year.
Eshoo’s push is morally bankrupt. And Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal calls out the flaws with ACO: “The ACO REACH program is Medicare privatization, hidden in layers of bureaucracy. Essentially, seniors are put into this program, which allows a profit-seeking third party like a health insurer or private equity-backed firm to step in and get paid by Medicare to manage the care that they get. Taking for themselves the profit that is whatever they don’t want to spend on the patient.”
Bottomline: Medicare should NOT be handed over to Wall Street. The health and survival of our seniors is critical and the Reach Model sells out our seniors human right to healthcare.
Once again, Anna Eshoo is failing her constituents: Eshoo is part of the system that is compromising the health and future of the American people. Eshoo is the chair of the House Health Subcommittee and is in charge of America’s healthcare. The Subcommittee handles legislation and oversight related to Medicare. It also oversees the Medicare Trust Fund and the financial health of the system. Between 2009 and 2021, the government paid Medicare Advantage plans $140 billion more than it would have, if the patients were on traditional Medicare. Our taxpayers dollars are being misdirected. Eshoo’s job is to oversee the financial health of the system, yet she continues to turn a blind eye to the misdirect of billions in overpayments - of our taxpayer dollars - to the for-profit healthcare industry. Now she is supporting the proposed ACO REACH - to the detriment of her constituents with this push to privatize Medicare even more. She has been silent for decades when the Medicare Trust fund was being raided by the for-profit healthcare industry. And she continues to NOT alert her constituents.
I am Rishi Kumar, and I pledge that I will stop the privatization of our Medicare system.
I will never sell out to Big Pharma or Wall Street.
I will stop the pillaging of existing Medicare and work to expand your available medical choices and treatments including lowering the prices of prescription medications.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made one thing clear - the American healthcare system is in crisis and the time to address it is now. Doctors, patients, and even politicians have continually expressed dissatisfaction with the state of this country’s healthcare system.
In 2016, the U.S. spent 17.8% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare, compared to an average of 11.5% GDP among all high-income nations. Healthcare spending in the U.S. reached $3.6 trillion in 2019, or $11,500 per person. Americans pay more per capita for healthcare than any other industrialized nation in the world, nevertheless, 137 million Americans are struggling with medical debt, unable to reach economic stability and gain access to proper healthcare. We must do better.
Under Medicare for All, there would be no need for health insurance companies. There would be no more haggling with insurers about what’s covered and what isn’t, or what constitutes a necessary treatment. Doctors would have the ability to provide the care patients needs and then send the bill to Medicare. The medical system would focus on treating patients, not profiting from their illnesses. Patients could concentrate on getting better, not choosing between healthcare or food or housing. Medicare for All helps families and healthcare companies alike to save money, and ensures proper healthcare access as a right.
The ultimate purpose of Medicare for All is not only to provide accessible healthcare products for all Americans, but reduce healthcare costs, making our system as financially efficient as possible. A study released by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts found that “Medicare for All could reduce total health care spending in the U.S. by nearly 10 percent, which would actually result in more than $5 trillion in savings.” It’s important to realize that the United States Healthcare System is the most expensive in the world, yet fails to achieve better healthcare outcomes than other countries with significantly lower costs. When it comes to healthcare, the United States is only ranking high for costs, not quality. This is precisely why a strong Medicare for All financial plan must be implemented. It would not only lower costs, but also improve the effectiveness of our healthcare system.
$500 billion saved annually: Medicare for All is possible without paying more for healthcare than we currently do. Medicare already has a track record for keeping administrative costs down, even as private insurance costs rise. These savings are estimated to add up to more than $500 billion a year. Even the Koch-funded Mercatus Institute estimates that Medicare for All would save the U.S. $2 trillion over a decade. PERI at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found the U.S. could reduce total healthcare spending over a 10-year period by more than $5 trillion.
$200 Billion saved from Big Pharma: Americans pay much steeper prices for the same drugs than consumers in other countries. Too many Americans go without the medicine they need because drug companies constantly raise prices. Medicare for All would eliminate price gouging by pharmaceutical companies. Merely bringing domestic prices in line with other developed nations would save $200 billion of the nearly $500 billion spent on pharmaceuticals annually. Americans would see savings of about 40% on their medications. In addition, Medicare for All would eliminate the copay on prescriptions.
$3.9 Trillion from Employer contribution: As workers shift into the new Medicare for All system, employers will be required to pay 75% of what they are currently paying in healthcare costs for each employee who enrolls. This option is estimated to raise $3.9 trillion over ten years, creating significant revenue to finance Medicare for All.
$6.3 Trillion saved from regime change wars: I will maintain a stance of keeping Americans safe, out of war, and putting the money to work in America. I will vote to block any federal funding for military action taken for wars without congressional approval. Read this article - “Rishi will fight for peace”. $10 Trillion has gone to war since 2000. This money would be better spent at home, prioritizing the needs of our tax-payers. Our failed foreign policy must end and we must get our brothers and sisters out of harm’s way by withdrawing America from ongoing military conflicts.
Every American deserves the right to proper healthcare. With the current Covid-19 pandemic, many Americans have struggled to find adequate healthcare. Under Medicare for All, families and healthcare companies will be able to save money and receive equal treatment. Premiums, copays, and deductibles would be eliminated while also allowing everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, race, or employment status, to get the treatment that they need. Every American deserves proper healthcare as a human right and America’s healthcare system needs to be fixed now. As your congressional representative, I will push for healthcare reform and fight for the proper treatment that Americans deserve.