Support for health care reform |

Support for health care reform

On Oct. 11 our local chapter of Health Care for All-California (co-chairs Mindy Oberne and Robin Wallace) sponsored a free and informative community forum featuring the “Mad as Hell Doctors.” These traveling doctors articulated the critical need for changes to our current health care payment system, recognizing that our present system is broken and inefficient, advocating a single payer system instead.

Currently, private insurance companies operate the money side of health care for their profit (about 30 percent), caring more about saving/making money than about serving the health needs of the people. Corporate bureaucrats come between us and our doctors, frequently negotiating lesser pay for health professionals (doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.) and reduced services for us patients.

People who oppose change frequently cite the fear-based objection: “We don’t want government-run health care – that’s socialism.” Do they realize that government has run important services in America for many years? Our military, police, fire departments, roads and schools have all been government-controlled for years without anyone accusing them of socialism.

Why do we conclude that a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system would be socialism? Are Medicare and MediCal socialism that should be eliminated?

Jerry Martin

Grass Valley

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