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Do all Americans have the right to exist? The answer of the U.S. government is clear. That answer is "no." Alone among the modern states of the world, the American government does not see healthcare as a right. No, it does not.
America is also one of the only nations in the entire world that does not see paid sick leave as a right.
The end result in America is one of the most expensive and one of the deadliest health "care" systems in the world.
For over the last 20 years, every expert in the world has been warning about the coming of a pandemic. Every expert in the world has warned America that its lack of health insurance and its lack of paid sick leave was a disaster waiting to happen. In 2020, disaster struck. Now almost 600,000 Americans have been killed. The entire structure of life in America has been severely damaged. Trillions of dollars have been lost.
So what to do? We've got to get back to basics. Healthcare is a right.
It has been clearly defined that hundreds of thousands of the people who died probably would not have died if we had healthcare as a right. It is a virtual certainty that until we have healthcare as a right, we are not going to be prepared for the next pandemic. Therefore, in the year 2021, it is a matter of the highest importance that America makes healthcare a right, and that it does that now. That doesn't mean vague promises. No. It means that by the end of the year everybody in America will have healthcare as a right. That means they will have healthcare at a reasonable price that they can afford. No more $7000 deductibles for working people and so on and so forth.
It is very important to understand that this is a national security issue. As a result of the failure of government policy, more Americans just got killed by a foreign enemy than were killed by the Nazis, the Japanese, the Vietcong and the North Koreans combined. That's right. We just got more people killed than were killed in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War combined. This is a national security disaster. It needs to be corrected and it cannot be corrected until healthcare is a right.
There can be no compromise on this point. None whatsoever.
We're not going to get into the debate here about whether that should be Medicare for All or not. The assumption here is that the Biden Administration has intelligent people in it. So they can figure out between now and the end of the year how they are going to insure everybody, and everybody means everybody. 100% coverage for 100% of the American people. We prefer Medicare for All, but this is an emergency that needs to be treated as an emergency and one way or another everybody in the country needs to get healthcare.
The political leaders need to decide if they think all Americans have a right to exist. If they feel that they don't, we must ask the following question: How many people need to be killed in the next epidemic before our leaders take action? 600,000? 2 million? And once again, real action means 100% coverage.
So we need to treat an emergency like an emergency. People who don't have health insurance don't need expressions of concern. They don't need press releases. They don't need false promises that one day the Democratic Party will produce national health insurance. The Democratic Party has been promising national health insurance for 100 years. The time for false promises is over. 100 years is more than enough for this. The time for action is now.
Trillions of dollars of emergency aid has been given to Wall Street. Biden wants to spend more money on war than the next seven nations combined. Biden says that America can do whatever it wants to do. Great! The resources are clearly available. There can be no more excuses. All Americans must have a right to healthcare and paid sick leave by the end of 2021, just as they do in every other modern state.