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HEALTH CARE: We need Medicare for All

Letter by Susan M. Eidenschink, Tacoma on Sep. 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm with No Comments »
September 3, 2013 2:40 pm

Re: “Health care rollout will hit bumps as expected: (TNT, 8-29).

I appreciate the article on health care written by Dr. Caroline Poplin. She outlined the complexity and cost of the Affordable Care Act along with the delays of implementation to corporations.

Corporations, which are the most capable and familiar with dealing with complex matters, can delay implementation because the law is too complex. Corporations are great at making legislation complex so that the general public does not see how corporations are benefiting. Corporations love “socialism” when they are benefiting from tax loopholes that allow thousands of corporations to pay no taxes.

Poplin emphasizes the fact that we do have popular health care programs, like Medicare, that are called “socialized programs” but are really financed by the payroll taxes we all pay. I agree with her in the hope that the ACA is successful, and I also strongly believe that there is an alternative that would be less complex and less expensive: Medicare for All.

Medicare for All would be an expansion of Medicare, which is my health care coverage since I am over 65 years of age.

With Medicare for All, everyone would be eligible, everyone would have the same benefits and everyone would pay a payroll tax to finance it. That is democracy.

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