Sen. Bernie Sanders is no longer running for president, but one of his ideas, “Medicare for All,” is more critical than ever. With more than 33 million Americans losing their jobs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many are also losing their health care. That is, if they were fortunate enough to have it in the first place.
Even with Obamacare — certainly an improvement over free market fundamentalism — tens of millions of Americans are still uninsured, while most Americans with health insurance are underinsured.
The United States, with the world’s largest economy, needs to civilize itself by extending this right to all, instead of prioritizing the financial health of Big Pharma and Wall Street. As Martin Luther King Jr. put it, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”