Letter: It’s clear that we need Medicare for All

Published: 5/22/2020 12:01:20 AM
Modified: 5/22/2020 12:01:09 AM

Many weeks ago, a barrage of letters supported the idea that health care is a universal right, and, as I remember, no follow-up letters took an opposing view.

Yet, surprisingly, persons seem to continue to see health care as a consumer product like cell phones, TVs and leaf blowers.

The coronavirus pandemic drives home the realization that health care is both a necessity and a public good.

So what is to be done? The answer is in plain view: A single-payer Medicare for All is the best way to ensure that everyone has health coverage in good times and bad.

A single-payer system would cover everybody for all medically necessary care, regardless of employment or income. And by eliminating the waste and greed of private insurance, Medicare for All can save enough money to cover all the uninsured and upgrade coverage for the rest.

I believe that doctors here in New Hampshire would agree that they are fighting this pandemic with one hand tied behind their backs for the simple reason that health care is out of reach for countless Granite Staters. Now more than ever, we need Medicare for All.

KENT HACKMANN

Andover




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