Medicare for All
Savanna believes your wealth should not determine your health.
Whether a millionaire, homeless, or anywhere in the middle, people should never have to question if they can afford to be healthy. As one of the world's richest nations, it is unacceptable that we have over 87 million people facing this problem. In Ohio alone there are 133,000 children who are not protected by health insurance – 4.8% of all kids – and an increase of 28% between 2016-2018.
Access to care is even more critical following the Covid-19 pandemic, as millions more Americans lost healthcare tied to their jobs. Savanna believes that no one should be denied health care based on employment, gender, age, pre-existing conditions, or their ability to pay. She believes that we should look to the success of all other OECD countries' universal healthcare programs and create our own nationwide universal health coverage option, or Medicare for All (M4A).
Although taxes may slightly rise, overall costs to individuals will decrease under M4A as it entirely eliminates copays, deductibles, premiums, and out-of-pocket costs. M4A would cover more than current plans today do, accounting for medical, dental, vision, hearing, reproductive care, maternity care, home health, comprehensive mental health services, substance use treatment, prescription drugs, hospital services, and long-term care—you name it, it’s covered. Because healthcare is a human right.
Countries that provide universal health coverage for their citizens see the following benefits:
➤ Lower costs to individuals and to our country (about 50% lower than current costs in the US, even with taxes being raised overall costs to the individual are still significantly lower due to elimination of copays, deductibles, premiums, and out-of-pocket costs)
➤ Higher life expectancy (the US currently ranks 26th in life expectancy)
➤ Better average societal health (people aren't afraid to go to doctor, resulting in more physician visits and proactive treatment of chronic diseases, obesity, and the #1 killer in Ohio: heart disease)
➤ More entrepreneurship (health care wouldn’t be tied to employment or restrict people from starting small businesses, as surveys show that 1 in 6 people say health benefits are stopping them from leaving their jobs)
➤ Better care in rural areas (while 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 9% of the nation’s physicians practice there – M4A would incentivize doctors to move to areas most in need and would help fund rural hospitals that typically care for uninsured patients)
➤ Higher quality of treatment (people go to the doctor sooner and therefore are able to try less drastic treatments prior to jumping to surgeries or invasive operations).
It's time for Americans to see higher wages, lower expenses, and better health care.
It's time for Medicare for All.
As Your Congresswoman Savanna will:
Vote to pass Medicare for All and encourage my fellow congressional representatives to do the same
Guarantee your ability to keep your doctor (and ultimately have even more options)
Maintain the option of Americans to obtain supplemental or private health insurance or supplemental insurance on top of M4A if they choose to do so
Ensure our system provides robust supports for Ohio’s seniors
Focus on increasing preventive care to improve medical outcomes and quality of life without increasing costs
Support and safeguard women’s health and women’s right to choose
Leverage state and federal programs to incentivize health care professionals to work in underserved and rural areas that don't have sufficient access to treatment
About Savanna's Platform
"I am fighting for every American to have access to affordable, quality health care; to advance criminal justice reform; to demand equality for LGBTQ+ and Black communities; to support our aging population; to lower taxes for working families and small businesses; to raise taxes on the ultra-rich and large corporations; to accelerate pathways to citizenship for immigrants; to address our climate crisis; to bring new jobs and industries to the economy; to make affordable housing a right; to provide higher education to all; to give the public a louder voice than special interests."