What if Medicare was your primary health insurer? Your plan would have a 77 percent approval rating. Your premiums would cost far less than half. You’d never fight an insurance company for coverage again. Your insurer would never drop you or drastically escalate costs.
What if the U.S. adopted Medicare for All? There would be no more copays, no more in-network versus out-of-network doctors, no more fear of losing insurance or fear for the cost of family members who become ill. The U.S. would join every other advanced nation in the world, which spend less and have better benefits than we do with a single-payer health care system.
Last year, the average working family paid $4,955 in premiums and $1,318 in deductibles to private health insurance companies. Under this plan, a family of four earning $50,000 would pay just $466 per year.
Legislation to enact Medicare for All or HR 676 has Democrat and Republican support; greater support than any other health care proposal. The fiscal details have been worked through carefully.
If you’ve visited Canada or Europe, you have a rough model for how this works. Town halls are now scheduled throughout the U.S. to introduce and discuss this proposal. It’s very important that we understand this option.
To learn more and voice your opinions, come to The District 11 Medicare for All Town Hall in Waynesville, 285 N Main St., on April 23, 3-5 p.m.
— Lee Wolfe