ACAMFA AT A GLANCE
Our healthcare system used to work but it's now too expensive. That's why the idea of Medicare for All was born. At ACAMFA, we found that Medicare for All is a less complex alternative that is affordable for everyone. We have tools to help explain the path to that goal. We want to empower your voice so Medicare for All will solve your healthcare needs. We need your support! Help us spread the word. Contact us to tell us what you think or to volunteer, sign up for our email list, or donate today!
OUR MISSION: The American Council to Advance Medicare for All (ACAMFA) was formed to:
OUR M4A PLAN: How can this work? See for yourself and read our full comprehensive analysis or take a quick look at our executive summary, brief outline or basic elements. To get a snapshot of the benefits of our Medicare for All plan, check out our fact sheet.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR CURRENT SYSTEM?
Our current healthcare system isn't working for anybody. It's too expensive for individuals, for businesses and for government. And it's too complicated for both patients and providers. And even with the most expensive system in the world, our quality of care is worse than in other advanced countries.
WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE THERE?
There are a lot of proposals for improving our system. There are single payer plans (like Medicare for All) or mixed plans that have large roles for private and public insurance (called a "public option"). There are no proposals in the US for a national health service like the one in the UK where the government runs healthcare facilities. These basic differences between plans are more important than the differences in details between plans. Single-payer plans have the potential for the most savings by decreasing the cost of administration and providing more leverage for decreasing waste than public option plans. Public option plans involve less change and may offer some valuable short-term benefits.
WHY IS COMMUNICATION ABOUT OUR OPTIONS SO POOR?
There are two bills that have been introduced in Congress called Medicare for All, one in the House and one in the Senate, and many more that call for a public option (see chart of public option plans). The names of the bills are confusing, and their goals are different. Some answer some problems but not others. It can be hard to tell what some of the bills will do because most lack details and the results are often just hard to know.
Standard Medicare cuts down bureaucracy for doctors and patients and allows patients to choose their own doctors—that’s why new options emphasize Medicare.
Medicare for All plans eliminate copays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. These are not effective ways to cut costs and they keep a lot of people from getting the treatment they need. Medicare for All uses better methods to control costs, like decreasing administrative expenses. Current public option plans don’t make significant changes to out-of-pocket costs or have methods to control costs. They could help many who have inadequate health insurance coverage.
Medicare for All plans take billions of dollars of healthcare costs away from local government, saving taxpayer dollars now spent on premiums for health insurance coverage for government employees that is often inadequate for their needs. Public option plans don’t change local government costs.
Want to learn more? Browse our website, we have lot's of resources. We have one-page FACT SHEETS, an up-to-date HEALTHCARE NEWS section and a RESOURCE page with background information and comparisons of national and state single-payer plans and public option bills, including our M4A plan. Have questions or comments or want to volunteer? Contact us. Want to help us spread the word? Check our How You Can Help page. Or please DONATE.
WHO WE ARE: Our seasoned team with years of hands-on experience in healthcare and business can provide answers because of our thorough working knowledge of how and why our current system does not work, and how a less complex healthcare plan can affordably provide better care. (Find out about us.)