Letter: 12 reasons we need sane health care for all

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To the Editor:

Health industry lobbyists keep claiming to wonder why we need Medicare for All when, they insist, we have such a wonderful system already. Well, here are 12 reasons: 1: 9/11 first responders wouldn't have to beg for health care. 2: People in horrible accidents wouldn't have to resort to online begging. 3: People with diabetes wouldn't have to risk amputation to save money on insulin. 4: People with huge medical bills wouldn't have to file for bankruptcy 5: Poor people wouldn't have to search for a doctor who takes Medicaid. 6: Doctors, hospitals, etc., wouldn't have to spend millions of hours dealing with insurance companies. 7: Americans wouldn't have to spend millions of hours trying to choose the right Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. 8: Employers wouldn't have to spend many thousands of hours deciding what insurance their employees will have to use for the next year. 9: People wouldn't have to weigh the need to see a doctor against the need to pay the utility bill, rent, grocery bill. 10: People wouldn't have to wonder for months how much they will end up paying for a visit to the doctor or hospital. 11: No one would ever again care about "in network" and "out of network." 12: No one would wonder how large a rate increase the health insurance companies were going to request each year.

I'm sure most readers will have no trouble coming up with others.

Lee Russ,

Bennington

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