Letter: WNC grassroots movement supports ‘Medicare for all’

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The issue of what type of health care plan is best for our country boils down to one question: “Are people more important than profits when it comes to our health?” The issue is complex, but once that question is answered, improving our country’s health care is much closer to reality.

Right now we are hung up on the debates of which way to go with lots of information supporting differing viewpoints. This should not be a political issue, but that’s exactly what is happening, and we are losing precious time and lives.

I’m a member of a nonprofit grassroots movement here in Western North Carolina and am a strong advocate of “Medicare for all,” which supports health care for all of us, not just the privileged or wealthy or those who have the most to profit from our present system of health care. I have learned so much while working with other individuals who are in favor of a more universal and just system.

If we choose on the side of people rather than profit, then no reason exists for our country paying the most for health care, while receiving inferior care compared to other advanced countries that acted on behalf of their citizens and designed a universal system where everyone benefits from universal coverage.

Learn more about how “Medicare for all” can help you, your family and friends, your neighbors and businesses by attending free talks by Dr. Ed Weisbart on Tuesday, May 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the All Souls Assembly Hall, 9 Swan St., or 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, both located in Asheville. His topic is “For-profit Health Care: Is It Healthy?” See Healthcare For All WNC on Facebook for more information.

— Mery Krause


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2 thoughts on “Letter: WNC grassroots movement supports ‘Medicare for all’

  1. Stephen Advokat

    As a volunteer for Dr. Steve Woodsmall, candidate for U.S. House, Dist. 11 in Tuesday’s primary, I’ve had the opportunity to hear Scott Donaldson’s stump speech many times. And like Dr. Woodsmall, Dr. Donaldson speaks eloquently about the need for universal healthcare in WNC. Indeed, it’s his flagship issue.

    All the more confounding then, that Dr. Donaldson’s never joined Healthcare-for-All WNC, local chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP.org), which started around January. We could certainly use a passionate voice like Dr. Donaldson’s. I wonder why he’s never joined? ~S. Advokat, Asheville

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