It is a national disgrace that a country with so many resources — with so much medical know-how and technology — has so far refused to do what virtually every other major country on Earth has done and guarantee its citizens health care as a right.
Congress has the power — through the same “reconciliation” process it used to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan earlier this year — to improve Medicare so that it covers dental, hearing, and vision and to expand it to millions more Americans.
It is long past time for the United States to join the rest of the developed world in guaranteeing health care as a right. As a first step, use the budget reconciliation process to improve and expand Medicare, and do so without delay.
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