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Friday, July 14, 2017

Kentucky echo - letter supports single payer health care

"Clearly, a single-payer system, or some variant thereof, that enables free market principles and employs strategies which encourage better consumerism..." (try Medicare4All?) 
Americans already know somebody who is covered by Medicare. All the Congress needs to do is expand eligibility requirements.
Another echo, a blog posted from a "letter to the editor", published in the Kentucky Glascow Daily Times, supporting a single payer healthcare system. This letter was written by a Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul constituents: Dr. Phillip Bale and Dr. William Travis:

Dear Editor,
(In my opinion, Medicare4All proposals in Congress would meet the criteria described in this letter from Kentucky.)

Finding solutions to America's health care mess will require an informed and enlightened public who then demands sweeping change. Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D., in her recently published book “An American Sickness,” accurately portrays an overpriced, underperforming system which too often does not prioritize patient interests and needs. She also offers multiple, practical solutions toward improvement which primarily call for much more transparency of cost while exposing ubiquitous examples of avarice and greed throughout the system.

Clearly, a single-payer system, or some variant thereof, that enables free market principles and employs strategies which encourage better consumerism could restore some rationality to a system run amok. However, entrenched interests and lobbyists within the medical-industrial complex will make certain that substantive change occurs only from the ground up. Legions of American citizens, armed with facts and a proper sense of outrage, must, and eventually will, be the voice and vehicle for this necessary change. The sooner, the better.

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