Zach Bay and Andeonke Bambgose
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
We need universal health care in this country and as the recent reform process has taught us, it is not likely to happen nationally without a successful state-based example. While Vermont is well on it is way to passing legislation to create a single-payer system, in Illinois we are working to rally support for the Illinois Universal Health Care Act (HR 311)
Health care should be treated as a human right and not a commodity. Not only is single-payer the right thing to do, it is also the most cost-effective way to cover everyone, according to the recent Harvard study
for the Vermont Legislature.
Over the past few weeks, while recruiting students to take part in our upcoming lobby day, we’ve had many conversations about why this is something we should fight for. For us, the primary answer is that it is absurd that the system treats health care as a commodity. Unlike other commodities, you can die if you don’t have adequate health care. As many as 44,789 deaths
per year in the United States are associated with lack of health insurance, more than the number of ...