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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What does Health Care for All really mean?

Health Care for All? How to Pay for It?

Please read this. It’s a basic description of what Health Care for All really means, and how to pay for it:

  1. All residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs. Yup, that’s it.
  2. It would be funded by the savings obtained from replacing today’s inefficient, profit-oriented system with a single streamlined, nonprofit, public payer, and by modest new taxes based on ability to pay. Insurance premiums, copays and deductibles would disappear. Ninety-five percent of all households would save money. There would be free choice of doctor and hospital, and doctors could regain autonomy over patient care.
  3. Right now, government health care spending and direct programs (Medicare, Medicaid, VHA, IHS, TRICARE, premiums paid to insurance companies for state and federal public workers, SCHIPS, etc.) total 66 percent of all health care costs. By recapturing all those costs and having everyone pay a new, very modest tax, the program would be funded; literally a “new, improved Medicare for All”.
  4. Virtually every non-rich person would come out way ahead, creating a gigantic pool of all U.S. residents for the new program instantly. We have to replace our wildly dysfunctional healthcare system with something approaching a rational sensible order, removing major drains on wages, productivity and individual health.

Ralph and Karen Sollom

Bemidji

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