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.