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Letter to the editor: Health care for all

September 17, 2017

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To the editor:

Sen. Bernie Sanders last week released the Medicare for All Act of 2017. Sanders has been introducing a single-payer bill every year since 2009. Also, there is Democratic support for H.R. 676, the companion bill in the House of Representatives, originally introduced by Congressman John Conyers in 2003. Polls have repeatedly cited that a majority of Americans favor Medicare for All, yet most of our elected representatives are apparently not listening. Perhaps their ears are closer to insurance companies’ proponents. Instead of health care coverage for the few — as millions of Americans will be without coverage if the current healthcare bills are approved — health care coverage for all is the only fair and cost-effective plan to keep our country on a par with the rest of the developed world.

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Gary Stussie 7 months, 1 week ago

Just returned from "retirement cruise" to Alaska. It included a short port visit to Victoria BC. Took a tour of that city. Tour guide was a clever and knowledgeable fellow. He addressed Canadian Health Care ... saying he and his wife only had to pay only $139 bucks a month for complete health care ... he also indicated that federal income tax in Canada was 54% and indicated that "if you are really sick, there is not long waiting lists to see a doctor".

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

Let’s direct OUR tax dollars to fund OUR medical insurance by our own choice.

Medical insurance cannot get any better than this:

IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL would cover every person for all necessary medical care 24/7 to include:

  • Wellness
  • prescription drugs
  • hospital
  • surgical
  • outpatient services
  • primary and preventive care
  • emergency services
  • dental
  • mental health
  • home health
  • physical therapy
  • rehabilitation (including for substance abuse)
  • vision care
  • hearing services including hearing aids
  • chiropractic
  • durable
  • medical equipment
  • palliative care
  • long term care

No deductibles No Co-pays

Brock Masters 7 months, 1 week ago

I am good with it as soon get tough on illegal immigration, do not spend any resources on illegal immigration, stop illegal wars, nation building and foreign aid.

Also end corporate subsidies, eliminate unnecessary federal agencies and awarding useless grants like to figure out why lesbians are overweight.

Do this and we can pay for health care without raising taxes or pretty close to it.

And want to really make me happy? Pass a constitutional amendment giving the federal government the power and authority to do it.

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $4 trillion or more annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes.

60% of $4 trillion tax dollars or more is the source which could cover the cost of a single payer system. At least a sizeable portion.

Politicians on both sides of aisle receive campaign money from this industry and too many on both sides of the aisle are invested by way of Wall Street.

To be fair to all in America there is only one way to satisfy the demand for ethical medical insurance coverage. That is by way of choice to consumers.

In fact three choices for maximum satisfaction. LET THE VOTERS DECIDE.

=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry for those who fear the word Medicare or phrase Single Payer after all it is their dollar. This needs stiff federal regulations that cannot be superceded by the states. Offer a tax dollar rebate at the end of every year. Sooner or later this group will enroll in single payer.

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

=== Self financed health care for those able to do so. Offer a tax dollar rebate at the end of every year.

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

No, Sen. Pat Roberts, this awful health care bill isn’t the only Obamacare alternative

By The Kansas City editorial board

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article174488701.html#storylink=cpy

Sam Crow 7 months ago

Where does the money come from ?

Medicare alone already has an unfunded liability of 28.8 Trillion dollars.

Reality sucks, doesn't it ?

Sam Crow 7 months ago

Though I realize you live in a cartoon world Dottie, here are just two of many articles about the reality of a government run, single pay health system.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/05/politics/veterans-administration-va/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/va-hospital-washington-d-c-dirty-disorganized-inspector-finds-n746096

And this is the report of the Commission on Care as reported to Congress last year.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/07/05/commission-on-care_final-report_063016_1815-3-1.pdf

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

Conservatives defunding the VA makes it hard to operate efficiently. Yes I know the conservatives are preparing for privatization of just about everything because of their love for taxpayer funded services that will transfer our tax dollars into a very few bank accounts.

These tax dollars will then fund obscene CEO salaries, obscene golden parachutes, obscene political campaign kick backs, more lobbyists etc etc etc etc.

We already know private industry does not operate efficiently because we have the medical insurance industry and pharmaceutical industry as two examples.

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

The cost of health care care drops when health care is available 24/7. Wellness might be more effective than illness.

Bob Smith 7 months ago

How is Red Bernie going to pay for this very, very expensive nationalization of healthcare. "We lose money on every patient, but we make it up on volume!"

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

This ongoing support for the radical conservative libertarian over throw of the USA with very large amounts of special interest money is mind numbing. There is no reason for any such activity.

37 years of voting ALEC RINO conservative AND IMMORAL MINORITY candidates posing as republicans into office has provided what?

--- War against Medical Insurance and Single Payer

--- War on public education

--- War against women

--- War on Voters Rights

--- War On Good Wages aka Right To Work Legislation

--- War On USA Jobs aka Free Trade Agreements and Leveraged Buyout Scams

--- War On Social Security Insurance

--- War On Medicaid

--- War On Medicare

--- War for Oil Control Worldwide

--- War on truth about global warming/climate change http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2010/03/30/174616/koch-denial-machine/

Union of Concerned Scientists http://www.ucsusa.org

Corporate Welfare Profiteering http://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-in-state-legislatures/#Voter

Bill Moyers on the Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

=== Pay close attention to this 24/7 organized activity: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

--- How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party https://samsmitharchives.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/6467/

Bob Smith 7 months ago

Richard's magical thinking continues. But here's a set of links dealing with everything except healthcare that he's posted hundreds of times on this site!

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

BTW anyone who is calling Single Payer Insurance the nationalization of health care is not paying attention. Health care is a private industry. Will remain so BUT all health care choices under single payer will be for the patients to decide as opposed to a list of caretakers provided through the insurance providers.

No, Sen. Pat Roberts, this awful health care bill isn’t the only Obamacare alternative

By The Kansas City editorial board

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article174488701.html#storylink=cpy

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for those who wish to enroll. The absolute best choice on planet earth. https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

Bob Summers 7 months ago

It is absolutely astounding the parasitical nature of the body under the influence of the Liberal gene.

Without a doubt, this sponging symptom, as a whole, is their most destructive proclivity to the well being of mankind on planet Earth.

Richard Heckler 7 months ago

Wellness which comes with single payer insurance coverage must be less expensive than illness.

Bob Summers 7 months ago

Who pays for the millions upon millions upon millions of sponge people, add to that the millions of criminal trespassers on the government dole, healthcare?

Tell us about the sustainability of paying for these people.

How many can you pay for? Or, are you on the dole as well?

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