Like millions all over our country, I completely understand the struggle of not having any kind of health insurance. Just a few short years ago, I went a couple of years without health insurance. Spending everyday living in fear that I could potentially be thrown down a massive financial hole if I got sick or had any kind of medical emergency, was absolutely terrifying. If we continue with the same system that allows healthcare to be sold for profit, and for companies to reap huge financial gains off of it, thousands of our fellow Nevadans will go without it. With this current system in place, the result is often early death, or forcing people to choose between paying for outrageously high healthcare premiums, or putting food on the table and a roof over their heads. We don’t know when a health emergency will strike, but we should not live waiting and wondering if one will happen. This has to change.
This is exactly why I support Medicare for All. The United States spends more money on healthcare ($4.01 trillion in 2020) than any other industrialized nation on earth. Over 30-million of our fellow Americans are uninsured, and over 40 million are under-insured, meaning that they cannot afford the costs of their current co-pays and deductibles. In Nevada, there are currently 397,974, or 14% of the state’s population who are uninsured. The national average currently sits at 10.5%. Currently in the 2nd district, the uninsured rate sits at 12.1%, or 89,164 individuals. Nevadans earning between $25,000-$49,999 are amongst the hardest hit at 31.6%. Many unions, including National Nurses United as well as hundreds of other unions are on board with Medicare for All. Medicare is a win for the individual, their family, as well as businesses, who would benefit from not having to manage health care costs.