Editorial was off base on the politics of health care

Your editorial, “How to lose to Trump in 2020,” (Nov. 10), loses or confuses the point in its appeals to supposed electoral realities. 

In naming Medicare for All as the brainchild of Senator Bernie Sanders, The Day distracts from the simple observation that most advanced countries have long opted to confer some level of health coverage as a right of citizenship. This is not some pie-in-the-sky socialist scheme; it is a more civilized and cost-effective way of life enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.

As for selling that to voters, it won’t take luck where a little courage, candor and conviction will do. 

The newspaper goes on to hand-wring over higher middle-class taxes without bothering to mention that families would shed an offsetting burden under single-payer: thousands of dollars in premiums, deductibles and copayments, and the perverse profit margin that’s baked right in. 

Before succumbing to the incrementalism this editorial prescribes, ask yourself if you willingly accept the status quo — paying into a system in which the sick forgo needed care, go bankrupt or die because they can’t earn money fast enough to satiate the profiteers of human misery — or if you just have Stockholm syndrome.

Brendan Cox



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