What makes this particularly grotesque is that the premiums we’re paying aren’t small expenditures — Americans are paying out the nose for the privilege of having claims denied.
Last year, health insurance premiums ate up more than 10 percent of the income of 13 million Americans. The average family of four making $50,000 a year in a job with health insurance is now paying an annual $4,000 premium — on top of the premiums the employer pays. We are now spending twice as much on health care as we did in the 1980s, and “the biggest reason for the increase is insurance costs, which have grown by 740 percent since 1984,” reports CNBC. We are collectively spending about $1 trillion on premiums every year.
At this moment of crisis, when there is existing emergency legislation to expand Medicare, do we really want to instead use public resources to prop up a corporate-run health insurance system that is projected to cut 43 million Americans off coverage during a pandemic?
Do we really want to eschew a Medicare for All program in favor of a byzantine COBRA program and ACA marketplaces that use our money to subsidize a health care system that denies care to millions while paying a handful of CEOs $2.6 billion in a single year?
Black children 2x likely to be killed while walking. Latinx are 40% more likely. Low income are 2x more likely to be killed while walking.
Mobility Equity Analysis
Increase Access to Mobility: Affordability, accessiblity, efficiency, reliability, safety
Reduce air pollution: clean air and positive health benefits, reduce GHGs, reduce VMTs
Enhance economic opportunity: Fair labor practices, connectivity to places of employment, education, services, and rec.
Implement community decision making for mobility service. Which mobility options to fun and enjoy.
Ensure equitable outcomes. Measure and analyze for equity and continuously improve outcomes and address challenges. Involve community in metrics, data collection, and review. CARB methodology for clean mobility and equity pilots.
Will Rayward–Smith – Director, Energy Transition & Decarbonisation – Deloitte Australia