The Journal Gazette
Monday, August 05, 2019 1:00 am


Single-payer opponents selective with their facts

The politicians and propagandists opposing a single-payer health care system continue to misrepresent costs, using fear to protect their vested interests. Yet the U.S. currently spends twice the average amount per capita on health care as all other developed nations, which have government-administered universal coverage.

In 2018, the U.S. spent $3.65 trillion on health care overall. Assuming the U.S. is as intelligent and capable as any other nation, let's conservatively estimate that universal coverage under something like Medicare for All would cost around $2 trillion a year. Opponents will remind you how big and scary $2 trillion is, but they'll never tell you that's over a trillion and a half less than we're already spending.

We would pay for it differently – taxes instead of premiums and bills – which opponents will remind you is scary. But we would save a mountain of money and hassle, and gain peace of mind. We would save enough to eliminate Donald Trump's $1 trillion deficit and still have an extra $650 billion leftover.

So if opponents of single-payer health care are really fiscal conservatives, why do they oppose it? It's just one more thing they won't tell you.

Robert J. Uecker

Fort Wayne

Parking lot helpers

I just wanted to let people know there are nice people in this city. On July 20, a very hot day, I had shopped at the Meijer store on Indiana 37. When I got out to my truck, I found I had locked my keys inside. Of course, I had bought ice cream! Two couples saw me trying to get in the little back window. One kind gentleman took over and fished my keys out and the other helped me down from the truck bed. Once I had my keys, one of the women even put my ice cream in the insulated bag inside. I just wanted to thank them very much for their help

Betsy Buuck

Fort Wayne 

Lots of ridiculous ideas tossed around these days

I don't hate anyone. The way I look at it: Live your best life and leave me alone. Don't try to tell me which pronouns to use. 

Please don't try to rewrite the history of our country. It is what it is. We can't change the past, but we can improve the future. Don't try to change it by erasing everything unfortunate that happened. Don't espouse fascism or socialism for our country before you do an in-depth study of just what those terms mean and how many countries failed under their totalitarian grasp. Don't try to convince me that open borders are a good thing. Don't try to suppress what I say. It is my right. It is everyone's right, according to our Constitution. Reparations for slavery? I had nothing to do with the unjust use of slave labor. Period.

Don't try to convince me that killing a child in the womb is a good thing. Remove the Electoral College? Ridiculous. Just another way to get votes. Paying for illegal (undocumented) immigrants' health insurance? Ridiculous. Just another way to get votes. Pay for mine first. I pay plenty and I was born and raised in this country. Raise the federal wage to $15? Ridiculous. Think about it. That would put most seniors on Social Security into poverty because the Social Security average hourly wage is way lower than $15 per hour. 

Every time I heard a crazy idea, I made a note of it. This is my way of getting it off my chest. I hope voters in the future do lots of reading, thinking and considering before our country (historically the most successful in the world) is destroyed. Above all, pray. Pray like your life depended on it.

M.A. Byanski

Fort Wayne

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