The space between the care that providers want to give and the care that the patient receives is enormous. The area is full of barriers — tasks, paperwork, and bureaucracy. Each is a point where someone can say no. There are endless appointments with different doctors, tests that need to be scheduled, and a wait for treatment that could extend weeks or months.

Medicare for All is a single-payer healthcare system that provides government-funded health insurance to all Americans. It is a popular proposal among progressives, but there are several reasons why it is unlikely to work in the United States. Nobody should have to empty their savings to pay for needed medical care. Healthcare is a fundamental human right; everyone should receive quality care regardless of income.