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Letter to the Editor: Socialized healthcare equals sky-high taxes, rationed care

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To the Editor:

Medicare for All being pushed by socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is complete government takeover of healthcare. If that isn’t enough to scare us to death (pun intended), then consider the out-of-control costs. Estimates are $32 trillion over the next 10 years. Middle-class families would be hit with unsustainable tax increases. Medicare for All would also replace all private insurance – kicking 160 million Americans off their current health insurance. 

Many Democrats running for president in 2020 support Medicare for All with absolutely no idea how to pay for it. When pressed they skirt the answer, saying the details can be figured out later. That didn’t work out so well under Obamacare. Remember these words? … “You have to pass the plan to know what is in the plan.” And wasn’t Obamacare supposed to fix our healthcare system? 

Even the Washington Post noted that some Democrats are showing real concerns for such proposals which “require middle class tax hikes that will prove hurtful for economic growth and the party’s political fortunes.”

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was very blunt about the political and fiscal realities of implementing Medicare for All, saying, “no sane person will pass it,” and “you’d double everybody’s taxes” to pay for it.

Thankfully, Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, along with our entire Republican delegation, oppose Medicare for All. Our healthcare system is far from perfect, but Congress should pursue free-market reforms and not complete government control of healthcare.

Bob Peterman


Bob Peterman spent 35 years in the healthcare industry and was a Williamson County Commission candidate in 2018.

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As a retired insurance executive who worked for a Fortune 100 company's International Division and having spent time traveling throughout northern Europe and the UK and being an expat in Asia, I disagree with this letter. Apparently the author has little or no knowledge of how universal healthcare works other than what s/he reads on the internet or hears on Fox News, etc. Here are some facts; American's pay more for healthcare than any other industrialized country. Ask the Swiss or Germans about their system, probably two of the best universal healthcare schemes (the British or Canadian, i.e. single payer, is not high on my list). Both the German and Swiss system is a public private system (Japan's universal healthcare is 100% private and works well at a very reasonable cost. In the US we have something called "for profit" healthcare and these companies are answering to Wall Street on a quarterly basis, not their customers. Think USAA versus Allstate; the latter answers to Wall Street while the former to its policy holders. Now, for the comment on cost: Insurance is based on the "Law of Large Numbers". That means more people in the pool, the lower the premiums would be. He's a simple example using Automobile Insurance. 30 years ago, Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage, which is required by virtually every state, cost the policy holder between $ and $5 for coverage. Today, that coverage is almost as, and in many cases, more, expensive than the policy holders liability coverage. Why? Because, although states have laws that require insurance, they are not enforced, thus the more people who don't have insurance means the likelihood of being hit by an UM is as great or greater than the policy holder causing accident, so the actuaries charge for this. Now look at all the uninsured people who get medical treatment at the ER or Hospital or Critical Care and can't pay for it. Do you think these facilities just write off these charges? Of course not, they have to make a profit, so they bill the paying or insured patients more and our insurance goes up due to the uninsured people. Now, for another cost that adds to our healthcare costs: Workers' Compensation (pays for on the job injury and lost wages) insurance. There are very few (maybe 5) countries that have some type of WC coverage (US, Taiwan, Singapore, Argentina. The on the job injury is handled by the medical scheme. The lost wages are partly covered by the employer with the employee purchasing or contributing to 'top up' their coverage for lost wages. So, it would be my suggestion that before making a gross generalization, do some research. I tried to give a brief outline to assist folks to do a little more research. R. Callard, Franklin, TN

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