Medicare for all? Start with Congress

The good citizens of our amazing country are always on the lookout for new and innovative solutions to the problems we face. The previous administration attempted to deal with the health care challenge by pushing through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We are now approaching the nine-year anniversary of its enactment.

It is easy to find anecdotal accounts of how much it has helped some people and how much it has hurt others, but you will have to dig real deep to find anyone who would attest to its affordability and no one can deny how disruptive it has been to the medical profession in general and to private businesses in particular.

Now U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and some of the presidential contenders are making a pitch for Medicare for all and they seem to believe that it would be much simpler and more cost-effective. I believe that before Washington plunges us all into another bottomless pool that someone should first test the water. I have an idea: how about all members of Congress and all of their staff be put on Medicare for a trial period of two years.

You know, just to see how things would work out.

W. Patrick White



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