Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander condemned the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the provisions of the President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Calling it a "corporate restructuring of the healthcare system in America," Alexander pointed to the many inequities that are built into to the new system. He highlighted the need for a fully socialized healthcare system that guarantees access to high quality healthcare as a human right.
"The private health insurance companies always had two ideas in mind when it came to healthcare reform - either to avoid all reforms or stick the American people with a bad reform," Alexander stated, "Today, the Supreme Court upheld the bad healthcare reform that will insure the profits of private healthcare companies at the expense of American's access to healthcare."
"Obama's policy was based on the original sin of allowing the pharmaceutical companies off the hook. He then followed this up by pledging public funds to subsidize junk healthcare plans, coercing Americans into purchasing these plans and silencing the voices of single-payer healthcare advocates. This is no reform; it is just another corporate giveaway by the Obama administration."
Alexander pointed to the fact that an estimated 26 million people will remain outside the healthcare system and that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act still leaves millions of Americans vulnerable to bankruptcy because of medical bills.
Alexander and his running mate Alex Mendoza advocate for a single-payer healthcare system that will abolish the private health insurance companies. They see this measure as an important first step in the direction of a fully socialized healthcare system. The pair will challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care on the campaign trail, including the Swing States of Ohio, Colorado, Louisiana, New Jersey and Florida.
The Socialist Party USA is America's voice for democratic socialism. The SP-USA supports the creation of a radical democracy where regular people have a direct voice on issues related to public budgets, how their work sites operate and in their community. We believe that things like housing, healthcare, a clean environment and a good job are human rights and should be guaranteed.
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