We Desperately Need Medicare for All. These 10 Statistics Prove It.

As the House Rules Committee officially begins discussing Medicare for All, here’s a reminder of the disastrous state of American healthcare.

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It’s a big week for Medicare for All. Today the House Rules Com­mit­tee will hold its first-ever con­gres­sion­al hear­ing to dis­cuss U.S. Rep. Prami­la Jaya­pal’s (D‑Wash.) Medicare for All Act of 2019, and on Wednes­day, the Con­gres­sion­al Bud­get Office will release a report address­ing many of the key ques­tions about sin­gle-pay­er health­care. This dis­cus­sion could­n’t come soon enough. Here’s a sta­tis­ti­cal snap­shot of the grav­i­ty of Amer­i­ca’s cur­rent health­care crisis. 

  • 28,300,000 - Peo­ple unin­sured in the Unit­ed States in the first quar­ter of 2018.
  • 530,000 - Esti­mat­ed num­ber of fam­i­lies who file bank­rupt­cy each year due to med­ical issues and bills
  • 44% - Amer­i­cans who didn’t go to a doc­tor when they were sick or injured because of cost, according
  • 34% - Can­cer patients who bor­rowed mon­ey from friends or fam­i­ly to pay for care in 2016
  • 79% - Increased death rate for can­cer patients who filed for bank­rupt­cy in 2016
  • $75,375 - Cost of a heart bypass oper­a­tion in 2016 in the U.S.
  • $15,742 — Cost of a heart bypass oper­a­tion in 2016 in the Netherlands
  • $1,443 - U.S. per capi­ta spend­ing on phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal costs in 2016, the high­est in the world
  • 840% - Increase in spend­ing for insulin from 2007 to 2017 on Medicare Part D (Medicare’s pre­scrip­tion drug plan)
  • $5,110,000,000,000 - Esti­mat­ed 10-year cost sav­ings of the sin­gle-pay­er health­care sys­tem pro­posed in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act
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