The United States Senator from Vermont and former presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders is collecting universal health care stories about people’s experiences with universal health care through his office’s website. One of the main pillars of Bernie’s campaign was universal health care coverage for all Americans, which would be a major shift from the current private health systems that operate in the U.S. today.
The page mentions citizens of Canada, France, Taiwan, and Australia as a good fit to respond, given their experience with those nations’ universal health care systems. They are seeking feedback from patients about what it has meant for their family to have access to affordable health care when they needed it, one of the most important promises of a universal health care system and also from providers about whether they feel they have the time and freedom to help their patients make the best decisions about their medical care.
Health care was a major topic during the 2016 American Presidential Campaign, and has remained a highly important and active political topic since. Earlier this year, Congress failed to pass legislation that sought to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and have made essentially no major progress on reforming healthcare in America. All of the various proposals involved tens of millions of Americans losing health coverage over the next few years, increasing over time.
It’s unlikely that the United States is headed for any type of universal health care system under the current governance of the country, but politicians like Senator Sanders are still rallying around the cause of providing healthcare for all Americans and treating it as a basic human right. While there is still a long way to go in improving the health care system in the United States, much progress has been made and many people continue to advocate for the wellbeing of patients with an eye towards not only more coverage but better outcomes.