By Chris Hagerberg, Wired Staff WriterFebruary 15, 2020 3:23:12I’d like to tell you about the future of healthcare.
It’s a scary thought.
In the United States alone, there are approximately 3.3 million people who suffer from chronic illnesses, and an estimated 400,000 people die from them each year.
This is a growing epidemic, with one-third of the population being diagnosed with a chronic illness and one-quarter of them dying.
But for the last decade, healthcare has been a hot-button topic, with candidates like Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul all calling for a healthcare system that is truly universal and that is also affordable.
In 2017, I wrote about a plan to fix this broken system, and we’ve seen it happen.
In 2018, President Trump signed an executive order that dramatically expanded access to health care for millions of Americans, including millions of veterans.
In 2019, President Bernie Sanders introduced legislation to reform Medicare, a system that provides healthcare for the elderly and poor.
And in 2020, President Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation that would guarantee health coverage to all Americans, which is the only way we can rebuild our economy.
As a young journalist, I covered the 2016 presidential election.
As a citizen, I saw the results of the 2016 election.
I saw that the candidates and their supporters had built a system of corporate politics that is deeply unfair and deeply destructive to the people who actually make our economy work.
I realized that in order to fix our broken healthcare system, we need to look beyond the polls, and into the eyes of the people making our healthcare decisions.
It is important to understand the current system of healthcare in the United State.
It has been broken for far too long.
In 2016, there were 2.3 percent of the U.S. population living in poverty, and the unemployment rate was 8.3%.
That means that an average American is in poverty on an annual basis.
If we look at the income of those who make less than $10,000, our poverty rate is 15 percent, while the unemployment rates of those with incomes over $100,000 are 25 percent.
In other words, about 4 out of 5 people are living in a position of disadvantage in the U-S.
And the average annual cost of healthcare has increased over the last few decades, from about $7,000 in 2000 to $27,000 by 2017.
The cost of prescription drugs has gone up by roughly $100 billion in the last 10 years.
We are spending more than $50 billion a year on healthcare.
Our healthcare system is broken.
It is failing.
And it is time to fix it.
What is the future for healthcare?
In the United Kingdom, the UBS Healthcare Institute estimates that a system with universal access to affordable health care would save about $9 trillion over 10 years, and that’s assuming the UBI is enacted.
But the UAB also points out that a universal system of universal access would likely lead to significant increases in inequality.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Paul Krugman pointed out that the current healthcare system in the US has created a “huge wealth divide between the wealthy and the rest of the country,” and that the UBER plan will “save billions and billions of dollars over the next decade by putting health care back on the right side of the economic scale.”
It’s also important to remember that many healthcare workers are working part time, so they don’t get paid for all their work.
In addition, the United Nations estimates that around one-fifth of all healthcare workers do not get paid a living wage, meaning they are living on minimum wage or below.
If the UB is implemented, this will change.
For more information, please visit the Healthcare for All Act.
If you want to learn more about healthcare and the UBC, read more about the UMB here.
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