Nation has to take honest look at health care

Directly after reading the editorial in the Union-Tribune regarding single-payer health care (“Medicare for all? Let’s copy other nations,” Sept. 5) I went to my local grocery store. As I was on the checkout line there was a mom there with her two sons (about 10 and 12 years old) and both boys were vastly overweight.

In their grocery cart were chips, cheese puffs and numerous bottles of soda. She then went on to pay with her CalFresh card. It seems our tax dollars are not really providing the nutrition the youth of America needs today.

Dennis Shepard

San Diego

I lived for three years under the Swedish system. Proponents fail to mention the starting income tax of 55 percent on all workers (it can reach 95 percent), the 25 percent value added tax (like a sales tax), and the rationed care for all those over 45 years old.

Taxes may be higher now; it’s been a few years since I was there. Given the beacon of wonderful, timely services (not) provided to our veterans by a government health care system, why would we want to force that on everyone?

Have you seen any government program shrink, improve its services without increasing costs? Where is the innovative thinking?

M. Martin


I am a liberal Democrat, yet I agree with every word of your sensible editorial on this subject. The U.S. got off on the wrong track in health care by establishing an expensive public-private partnership when Medicare was first implemented.

If we are to waste public funds, at least we are doing it for health care. But waste is waste. As you indicate, single payer is not the only option and other developed countries provide the road map to a solution.

Patrick Coony


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