As a doctor, I know firsthand the value of healthcare coverage. We can’t predict when we will get sick or when an accident might happen. Even the best diet and exercise plans can’t completely eliminate the threat of cancer, diabetes, or depression. That’s why we must ensure that every Michigander is able to see a doctor when they need one and access high-quality care that they can afford. There are so many things we can’t control when it comes to our health. Access to healthcare should not be one of them.
While Michiganders struggle to pay the rising medical bills that result from a broken insurance system, the insurance companies are prospering: last year, Michigan’s largest insurer saw net income rising 800 percent to $1.2 billion. A system that allows private insurance companies to prosper while Michiganders suffer is long overdue for change.
The system is no better for providers: insurance paperwork and negotiations over coverage take away the time and energy that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have to care for patients. The bureaucratic hurdles set up by insurance companies also have a severe economic cost, and the U.S. has the highest healthcare administrative costs of any country—nearly 25 percent.
Patients are being left behind in a system that has put the insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical industries ahead of hard-working Michigan families and the providers who care for them. I’m proposing MichCare, a Medicare for All healthcare plan for Michigan, because it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to bring universal healthcare to Michigan and break the chokehold corporate interests have had on healthcare for too long.
Together, we can make it happen.
—Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Meet Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a doctor running for Governor as a progressive Democrat. As Detroit’s Public Health Director, Abdul rebuilt the city’s health system after it was shut down by Rick Snyder’s emergency managers, stood up to corporate polluters, and checked every school building for lead in the water. Abdul is running a grassroots campaign without a dime of corporate money. As Governor, Abdul will enact Medicare for all universal healthcare in Michigan, raise the minimum wage to $15, ensure clean water for all, and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.