In These Times, February 3, 2014
Marylanders flood Baltimore in October 2013 to support single-payer healthcare. (Courtesy of Healthcare Is a Human Right Maryland)
As the ACA takes effect, an alternative gains ground at the state level.
bY Sarah Jaffe
When Sergio Espana first began talking to people, just over a year ago, about the need for fundamental changes in the U.S. healthcare system, confusion often ensued. Some people didn’t understand why, if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had passed, people still wanted to reform the system; others thought organizers were trying to sign them up for “Obamacare.”
Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland, the group to which Espana belongs, is in pursuit of something else: a truly universal healthcare system that would cover everyone and eliminate insurance companies once and for all. Espana and many others in the growing movement see opportunity in the renewed discussion around healthcare reform as the ACA’s insurance exchanges go into effect.