It’s official: Trumpcare is dead — at least for now.
Tens of millions of Americans are breathing easier today knowing that they won’t immediately lose their access to health care coverage. This is an important victory for Democrats, and for all of the incredible DFA members who worked so hard to kill this awful bill.
But we can’t rest now. The Affordable Care Act may be temporarily safe from GOP attack, but it still has problems that need to be solved. Democrats suffered in the 2016 election because they didn’t address them, and Republicans will continue to exploit those problems if we don’t commit to doing something to fix them.
It’s time to make sure all Americans have truly affordable access to the health care services they need and deserve — by implementing a Medicare for All, single-payer health care system.
Even if the ACA remains intact under Trump’s Republican Party, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 28 million Americans will remain uninsured, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. And millions more will continue to struggle with sky-high deductibles and co-pays that they can’t afford.
Some Democrats claim that a single-payer system is politically impossible. But recent polls show that the fight over Trumpcare has actually increased support for government taking a more active role in the health care system.
A new Pew Research Poll out this week found that 60% of Americans think that it is the responsibility of government to guarantee affordable health care for all Americans, including a stunning 56% of GOP voters who make less than $30,000 a year. Embracing universal coverage wouldn’t just be the right thing for Democrats to do — it would be a smart way to win new voters and build the majority we need to defeat Donald Trump, all while remaining true to our values.
Democrats have a choice to make. They can do the bidding of corporate donors, or they can offer voters a real alternative that would provide universal access, reduce consumer costs and create a healthier country for everyone.
Health care is a human right.