Real fix for health care mess: Medi­care for all

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

Congress has man­aged to mess up our com­pli­cated, dys­func­tional health care sys­tem so badly that states are left to come up with tem­po­rary patches to stave off dis­as­ter ("Mary­land’s year of health care,” April 6).

Mean­while, we are still be­ing held hostage by pri­vate in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. Our money is be­ing wasted on high ad­min­is­tra­tive costs, high ex­ec­u­tive salaries and advertising. Health care providers spend time and money deal­ing with mul­ti­ple in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. We now pay pre­mi­ums, co-pays and coin­sur­ance, yet we are left to ar­gue with in­sur­ance com­pa­nies who try to deny pay­ment for needed care. When will we say "enough"?

We need a sin­gle-payer sys­tem that pro­vides qual­ity health care for ev­ery­one. We need a sys­tem that costs less, with no out-of-pocket ex­penses, gives us free­dom to choose health care providers and al­lows providers and pa­tients to make care de­ci­sions. We know that other coun­tries have done this for less money and with bet­ter health care out­comes than the U.S. Peo­ple say it can't be done here. But Congress al­ready has a de­tailed plan that meets these re­quire­ments: HR 676, Ex­panded and Im­proved Medi­care for All Act, cur­rently with 122 co-spon­sors.

Look it up and be pre­pared to be im­pressed. When will we treat health care as a hu­man right? When will we de­mand more?

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