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Sixty million Americans older than age 65 like Medicare.

Jim Hightower in his July Lowdown states, “U.S. healthcare ranks 34th-worst among developed countries and millions of ‘insured’ realize high deductibles and denials of coverage. Though we spend the most ($10,000 per year per person), our life expectancy is on the bottom among wealthy nations, and one-third of the $3.5 trillion goes for advertising, executive pay and non-care charges.”

In April's Progressive Populist, Mercator, a conservative think tank, reluctantly stated Medicare for all is cheaper by $400 billion per year because taxpayers already pay two-thirds of health care in Medicare, Medicaid, corporate subsidies, Congress members and veterans. Insurance companies lie and give legislators perks.

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Ahmed Kutty, MD, states about 12% of Canadians use private insurance for cosmetic surgery, private hospital rooms, etc., so it still thrives. Professional incomes of doctors and nurses, remain mostly unchanged, and Commonwealth Fund found 75% of Canadian doctors were satisfied, compared to 64% of U.S. doctors. Medicare for all negotiates for drugs, medical equipment and costs less to administer. Waiting time for elective surgeries is comparable to the U.S.

Any problems for Medicare for all are political, not medical.

Allegra Zick, North Freedom

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Ann Effinger

Allegra: You might be amazed at the number of Canadians that winter in AZ and other southern states and schedule medical procedures while they are here. Wait times are so long, 6 months or more, in Canada so it's much more expedient to have a hip or knee, etc. replaced in the U.S. Medicare for all would not be free: Taxes would sky-rocket for everyone (not just the top 1%), doctor shortages would occur, rationing of care would be a distinct possibility, etc. Be careful what you hope for.....

Ann Effinger

Allegra: You would prob ably be amazed at the number of Canadians who winter in AZ and other southern state and schedule medical procedure while they are HERE in the U.S. Wait times for surgeries in Canada are excessive - 6 months or more. Also, "medicare for all" would not be free - taxes would sky-rocket. How many doctors would stay in the field if they were paid the Medicare rate for everyone? Waiting time would increase, doctor shortages are already happening, rationing is likely, etc. Be careful what you hope for....

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