The United States is the only industrialized nation without universal health care. Instead of being the best health care system in the world we rank 37th, lagging many nations in maternal and child well being, life expectancy, vaccination rates, and with a rising incidence of obesity and diabetes. We need a system that provides universal access to healthcare at an affordable price to all Minnesotans. While the Affordable Care Act is a meaningful step forward we still have work to do.
*A universal system will create efficiencies and costs savings not available in our current disconnected approach.
*We need to hold health care providers accountable to the quality of their services.
*A universal system needs to emphasize helping individuals manage chronic health challenges.
*We need to proactively engage health disparities among communities of color, leveraging health care as a tool in creating opportunity for all.