America leads the world in so much of health care. We drive world class research and the development of groundbreaking scientific innovation, and we have a highly trained clinical workforce that is the envy of the world. We discover cures and create new approaches to managing diseases that the rest of the world benefits from.
Despite all of our assets, too many Americans are still vulnerable to the next surprise medical bill or unable to access the basic care that keeps them healthy or helps them to manage their chronic conditions. Costs have become unaffordable for both families and state and federal governments.
Even Americans who do have coverage live in fear that they will lose it, either because of changes in their lives or because lawmakers in Washington aren’t listening to their needs.
Health care is complicated and so are its problems, many of them long-standing. But the solutions are within our reach.
Over the last 50 years, we have expanded coverage for seniors, kids, and people with low incomes; and have added protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Bankruptcies from medical expenses have dropped significantly. We know progress is possible, but there is still more work to do.
If we want solutions that last, we have to listen to the needs of Americans and work together to develop policies that won’t be overturned every election cycle. To make health care work better for everyone, we have to understand and harness public demands to drive policy changes.
There are many organizations and people doing great work to improve our health care system: activists, think tanks, advocacy organizations, and many others. United States of Care will be a non-partisan, non-profit movement dedicated to working with these and other partners to help achieve real results and create lasting change. Find out more about our mission and work.
It won’t be easy, but in the end, all of us want one simple thing: to be able to care for ourselves and our families. The work must begin now. Sign up below to get involved.