Single-Payer Healthcare System

We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.¬†Our current health care system lets tens of thousands of people die each year by excluding them from adequate care, while its expensive costs are crippling our economy. The US is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system. Under a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health care system, the administrative waste of private insurance corporations would be redirected to patient care. If the United States were to shift to a system of universal coverage and a single payer plan, as in Canada and many European countries, the savings in administrative costs would be more than enough to offset the cost of additional care. Expenses for businesses currently providing coverage would be reduced, while state and local governments would pay less because they would receive reimbursement for services provided to the previously uninsured, and because public programs would cease to be the “dumping ground” for high-risk patients and those rejected by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) when they become disabled and unemployed. In addition, people would gain the peace of mind in knowing that they have health care they need. No longer would people have to worry about the prospect of financial ruin if they become seriously ill, are laid off their jobs, or are injured in an accident. The Environmental Party supports a wide range of health care services, including conventional medicine, as well as the teaching, funding and practice of complementary, integrative and licensed alternative health care approaches. We also believe that healthcare professionals need to consider the most natural and least invasive treatments before considering the use of pharmaceuticals. Our current healthcare system relies too much on pharmaceuticals that has lead to an increase in opioid addictions thanks to the influence of Big Pharma to ensure big profits. Healthcare should be a humanitarian initiative and not as a means to exploit ill patients.