Healthcare is a human right and should be guaranteed to all Marylanders regardless of wealth or income.
Joel supports a Maryland single-payer system and believes healthcare is a human right that should be guaranteed to all Marylanders regardless of wealth or income. Joel suffered a major health incident several years ago and was fortunate to have not just effective health care, but also the insurance to financially protect himself and his family. He is better now, and this issue is personal to him.
Fully meeting the nation's health care needs requires a national, universal and publicly-funded system similar to that of many other western democracies. As Delegate, Joel will support this transformative health care policy in Annapolis by:
Declaring the State of Maryland can, and must, play a crucial leadership role in contributing to the ultimate realization of a national and universal public health care program.
Supporting legislation to steadily improve the health of Marylanders by expanding access to higher-quality health care in ways that clearly demonstrate the superiority of a public, administratively integrated and comprehensive system over the present fragmented, hyper-expensive and selective non-system.
Supporting legislation in Annapolis to fund a Medicaid expansion which will be lost due to the repeal of the individual mandate at the national level. This “backfill” funding would ensure that people do not lose their healthcare and that rate increases are kept under control.
Joel believes this will require a carefully-structured public health care state development plan. Principal elements of this plan would include:
Banning private insurance that fails to meet the standards of the original Affordable Care Act.
Establishing the legal existence of a single insurance pool to which all Maryland citizens who are financially able will contribute.
Joel supports a state-run medical care program providing essential clinical care to all those on lower incomes who lack coverage or prefer this public option. While we are awaiting a national system, those covered by insurance from employers or who are in the private market may retain their present coverage. This state-run program can in future become the Maryland delivery agency for the eventual national program. Having such a system in existence in Maryland can reduce the development time required to provide the anticipated national public system and serve as an effective demonstration of the superiority in cost, care quality and access, of integrated public care.