Medicare for All

Posted on 01/29/2019. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Dear Ms. Kamala Harris

I watched your Iowa town hall event last night. I was impressed. My first reaction is that you are a formidable democratic candidate for president, you would win the election and you would be a good president.

However, there is one of your positions that I take issue with. I do agree that Medicare for All is a viable path to universal health care for all the citizens of this country but do not agree that this would eliminate the need for private competing health care insurers. The government can be an effective provider of health insurance but historically the government is not a good manager of any business as complicated as health insurance. Private health care insurance companies play a part in the current Medicare system to provide supplemental insurance since Medicare only covers 80% of most medical expenses, but at the same time these private health insurance companies have become the de facto managers of the Medicare system and act as a counterbalance to health care providers. Medicare for All should retain this feature in the current Medicare system.  

Best wishes on your quest to be the democratic party’s candidate for president.

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