An argument for single-payer healthcare


A recent edition of ADN included a lengthy article describing the impacts resulting from the choice of health insurers to abandon the payment of the cost of COVID-19 care. Initially, health insurers decided to forgo most copayments and deductibles for COVID-19 treatment, but now that they are supposed to “… had gained a better understanding of the virus …” they expect people to spend a lot of money. for treatment. As a result, people in hospital have to pay anywhere from a few thousand dollars to over $ 150,000.

Unfortunately, these practices expose individuals to uncertainty, confusion, and expense similar to those caused by cancer, diabetes, and other serious and costly illnesses. These illnesses allow national health insurance companies to squeeze billions of dollars in profit margins, raising doubts about the real reason they decided not to pay for COVID care. According to Dr. Marvin Mallek, “The inhumanity of our healthcare system and the tragedies it creates…” will hurt and financially devastate many people, while making insurance companies richer.

For the life of me, I can’t think of a better argument to get rid of private insurance and institute a single-payer health care system, one that treats everyone with dignity, respect, and at reasonable cost. Much of the rest of the world has already figured this out. I wonder if we will ever get there on our own.

– Mike Jens


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