As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mitchell native and resident George McGovern thinks there’s a simple solution to the health-care debate that has the nation in a tizzy. He’s now taken his message to a much broader audience with his penning of an op-ed for The Washington Post.
"If we want comprehensive health care for all our citizens," McGovern writes in part, "we can achieve it with a single sentence: Congress hereby extends Medicare to all Americans."
He goes on to write this:
… We recently bailed out the finance houses and banks to the tune of $700 billion. A country that can afford such an outlay while paying for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can afford to do what every other advanced democracy has done: underwrite quality health care for all its citizens.
If Medicare needs a few modifications in order to serve all Americans, we can make such adjustments now or later. But let’s make sure Congress has an up or down vote on Medicare for all before it adjourns this year. Let’s not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel. We all know what Medicare is. Do we want health care for all, or only for those over 65? …