To the editor:
In the May 1st edition of the Woodbury Bulletin former state Rep. Marsha Swails wrote a letter in which she heralded the ninth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a great accomplishment and referred to the current effort to provide improved Medicare for All as a "far flung proposal."
We have been providing health care, in the form of Medicare, to our senior citizens for the past 54 years. Currently about 60 million Americans receive health care through the Medicare system. What a radical idea! A system so successful that in 1995 when Taiwan found itself in a situation similar to the U.S., with an overpriced underperforming health care system, remodeled their health care system after the Medicare System. Today Taiwan is recognized for some of the best outcomes and lowest-cost health care in the world. Wow, what a crazy far flung proposal, quality affordable health care for everyone.
She was also excited by the prospect of the government providing subsidies to insurance companies because, as we all know, insurance companies are just not making enough money in our current profit-based health care system.
And finally, she stated that "Americans are hungry for Congress to improve the Affordable Care Act." As a person who has spent some time advocating for and talking about Medicare for All, I have yet to meet anyone who was "hungry" for improvements to the ACA. Americans are hungry for real honest affordable health care. Something the ACA does not now and never will provide. Improved Medicare for All is the simple answer. We know it works. We've been using it for over 50 years. It's time for our elected representatives to either get on board or get out of the way.