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Medicare best solution to coverage for all

July 30 was Medicare’s 48th birthday. Medicare is the most popular insurer in the United States, beating out all the private plans. Its consumers consistently rate it higher than private insurance, and its overhead is 1.4 percent, unlike the private insurers who claim to struggle to meet an overhead of just 20 percent, in keeping with Affordable Care Act rules.

Medicare for all has been demonized as “socialized medicine,” though all western democracies have some form of national health insurance except the United States. Other democracies took charge of looming health care costs years ago.

In America health care is for profit, not for health care. Reforming health insurance was not the answer; reforming health care offered the opportunities.

We could actually modify to meet our present needs something that has worked for 48 years and has consistently high ratings with its consumers. Yes, it would cost money. Doing nothing costs money as health care costs are one sixth of the gross domestic product. Obamacare costs money, and the product may not turn out to be the best for the people.

Medicare is not perfect by any means, but it can be improved. It’s a leader in keeping costs down; it already insures those with the greatest health care needs. Adding the healthy can most assuredly be accommodated.


Writer speaks truth of Godís word

I applaud John Bequette (“Bible affirms sanctity of heterosexual marriage,” July 28). It was well written and expressed the truth of God’s word and also the truth about who are “acceptable targets” for expressing their views. Freedom of speech applies to all, whether we agree with them or not.

JAN LONG Fort Wayne

PTA participation benefits students, parents both

As Fort Wayne Community Schools holds registration on Friday and Monday, PTA leaders are getting ready to “make the ask.” Check out these reasons why you should sign up.

According to National PTA, the No. 1 reason to join is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages:

Get connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.

Discover great resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.

Tap into a network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues.

Be a role model. You’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

For less than 3 cents a day, you can join more than 5 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. The PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states and across the nation. This mission is unique to the PTA.

Family engagement is critical to the success of our schools. Stop by the PTA table and take that first step.

KATHIE GREEN Indiana PTA Northeast Region vice president Fort Wayne Area PTA Council president Northrop High School co-president