Even though most of us believe that no one should be denied life-saving medical care in their time of need, there are over 27 million uninsured Americans. Why is this? Because our medical care costs way too much. Nearly every other first-world nation provides healthcare to its citizens at half the cost or less. It’s time to overhaul our broken system.

We cannot afford to bankrupt families because they happen to lack adequate healthcare or have a preexisting condition. We need a single-payer system that covers preventative healthcare, live-saving treatments, necessary drugs, dental care, and mental health.

The Affordable Care Act was the first step in the right direction, but it’s still flawed. Nearly every other developed nation in the world offers universal healthcare at a lower cost than we pay now.

How come America, the richest country in the world, cannot do the same? There’s no reason we shouldn’t offer basic healthcare to every American, while allowing those who wish to buy supplemental private insurance from an employer or insurance company to do so.

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