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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Obamacare: Why are we so scared of a single-payer system?

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman is absolutely correct about the simplicity of a government single-payer system compared to the private insurance mess that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [“Obamacare: a Rube Goldberg device,” Opinion, April 5].

Single-payer systems cost half as much and cover everyone without bankruptcies. The ACA does nothing to control the medical costs that continue to bankrupt this country. Statistics show single-payer is the only system that can control medical costs.

Still, the national media refuse to put these facts on the front page where they belong. The media have had nothing to offer in response. And I mean nothing.

We can see now the health-care debate in this country is not about health care at all. It’s about the old-fashioned political corruption we’re accustomed to and the media complicity that surrounds it. Seems no one in the national media can find the courage to say the words “single payer.”

There’s a reason more than 90 percent of Canadians would not trade their single-payer system for the immoral mess we have in the U.S.; they’re not idiots.

William McQuaid, Seattle

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