To the Editor:
It is a travesty that in 2022, the United States remains the only industrial nation on Earth that does not guarantee health care to its residents.
While I applaud the efforts of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the “Squad” for their best efforts in Congress, I’m not holding my breath for a federal Medicare for All program (especially when Joe Biden promised he would veto a Medicare for All bill) to pass Congress anytime soon.
The late, great former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, uttered a truism that still holds even in today’s bitter partisan divide: “all politics is local.”
In February 2020, just before the pandemic, the National Institute of Health released a report on the projected economic costs, and benefits, if the U.S. implemented a “Medicare for All” program, entitled “Projected costs of single-payer healthcare financing in the United States: A systematic review of economic analyses.” According to the NIH report, “Net savings in the first year of single-payer operation is an estimated reduction of 15.5% compared to FY19.”
Vote yes in November for a better, healthier, and safer future for us all.
Justin E. Chafe