It is absurd that we are the only major industrialized country that does not offer healthcare to all of our people as a right of citizenship. While the Federal Affordable Care Act has important provisions in it that help a segment of our population in obtaining healthcare it doesn’t go far enough to ensure coverage to all people and fines those individuals that can’t afford coverage. Some 4.4 percent of Wisconsin’s children, or 58,000 children, were uninsured as of 2014. This is wrong. Universal Health Care should be a right for every man, woman and child in America but we cannot wait for the federal government to take action.
WisconsinCare would cover everyone, improve quality, and increase savings for all Wisconsinites. WisconsinCare would be based on ColoradoCare which is the Amendment 69 ballot initiative that Colorado residents will vote on in November. If it passes Colorado will be the first state to ensure health care to all of its people and Wisconsin must follow their lead. There would be no deductibles and no co-pays for primary and preventive care thus lowering the overall cost by eliminating layers of bureaucracy currently in the system.
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, people in the United States spend more per capita on prescription drugs than any other industrialized country by large margins, at around $1,000 a year per person. The next closest country is Canada at approximately $771 per year, and many other wealthy countries spend less than half of what the U.S. does on a per capita basis. This is partly because insurance companies don’t have much bargaining power for prescription drugs prices. Wisconsincare would negotiate prescription drug prices as a whole with pharmaceutical companies thus lowering the overall cost.