The United States health care system is in crisis. In 2017, over 28 million Americans were uninsured, and health care costs consumed nearly 18% of all national spending. Prescription drug costs, co-pays, and premiums are rising rapidly, leaving countless Americans without access to care. We are the only developed country in the world that does not guarantee its residents health care. 

The way we currently organize health insurance:


A single payer health care system covers everyone under a publicly financed insurance plan. Medical care would be free at the point of service. All doctors and hospitals would be accessible to any resident without the restrictions currently imposed by insurance companies and employers. Fair, progressive taxation would replace premiums and co-pays. What's more, single payer eliminates costly administrative waste from and profit associated with the health care industry. A single payer system has the capacity to reduce overall health care costs by almost 10%

Medicare for All ensures: 

  • Access to Prevention: Giving everyone access to primary care without cost barriers reduces how many people get sick in the first place.

  • Early Intervention: Allowing everyone to have a regular source of care, without cost barriers, allows us to catch illness and injury before it becomes serious (and expensive to treat).

  • Reduced Insurance Overhead: Private insurance companies spend from 10% to 30% of every health care dollar on overhead: public insurance less than 5%. Single payer plans don’t need to advertise or compete on a market.

  • Reduced Provider Overhead: When hospitals and physicians send all their bills to one payer (the public insurance plan), they don’t need a billing department to juggle different forms for hundreds of insurance companies, and each doctor and each health care practitioner wastes less of their time on paperwork and devotes more time to actual care.

  • Bulk Purchasing Power: When there is only one payer for basic medical services and goods, that payer can bargain the best possible prices, and make sure that middle-men aren’t overcharging patients. This in particular drives down the cost of prescription drugs.

  • Fewer Bankruptcies: Medical debt is a contributing factor in 62% of bankruptcy cases in the United States. Guaranteed health care would eliminate these devastating costs to patients.