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Medicare-for-all has value

There is one excellent reason for single-payer, government-subsidized Medicare-for-all in America today: the fact that you would actually, tangibly, get something back from paying taxes.

Oh, there’s lots of stuff our taxes go to – supporting girls in Red states who get pregnant because their particular part of the country doesn’t believe in sharing the facts of life with their youth. Or subsidizing criminals on Wall Street who knowingly and obviously broke all kinds of laws and harmed all kinds of people, but still aren’t in jail.

Or buying the Navy a couple new aircraft carriers, so I can then pay for a bunch of aircraft to put on them and sail around intimidating other countries.

Wonderful as these expenditures might be, in mysterious ways that are distant from my personal experience, I just don’t feel that if I had a choice, I would spend my money propping up those causes.

However, health care for all? What a stress reliever. Citizens would be happier, mellower, calmer, more relaxed. And I would get something, too: health care, right there, any day I needed it, without having to count change for a co-pay or take out a bank loan for a procedure. Beautiful!

Nancy Runyan

Spokane Valley


 

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