Amidst all the drama of the election, there’s been little coverage of this result of great importance to all unmarried people:
Massachusetts voters have, for the second straight election, overwhelmingly affirmed their support for single payer health reform by turning in majority ‘Yes’ votes in all fourteen districts where local single payer ballot questions appeared on November 2.
As you know if you’re on our email list, we always send out a reminder to vote. Unmarried people don’t vote as often as married people do – if we did, we’d shape every election. If you’re a Massachusetts resident, your reminder included a link to information about the single payer ballot question – it was great to hear that 20% of you were interested in learning more.
Single payer health reform is the best deal for all unmarried people. The current system of employer-based health insurance inevitably uses marital status or relationship status to keep employers’ costs down. Using narrow definitions of family to set eligibility for coverage discriminates against a wide variety of unmarried people and makes care-giving harder. Even after the big national health care reform effort last year, marriage remains the on / off switch for access to health care in America. Basic health care and costs should be equal for all individuals under a national single-payer system.
Part of this year’s election drama is the threat to roll back last year’s (inadequate) health reform. Enough already! It’s time for our national leaders to get serious about single payer. It’s time for us to make that happen! Sign our new petition and let’s get going for real change.