Letter: Minnesotans Health Plan bill needs support
I think if there is one issue that can unite urban and greater Minnesota voters, it's that our health care costs are too high. Compared to most other countries in the world, like Canada and France, we spend twice as much per person on health care, while our health care results are actually lower.
Another fact is that our health care system leaves people behind. In Minnesota, there are currently 350,000 people with no health insurance and about 400,000 who are underinsured, meaning they avoid seeking health care because of the high cost of deductibles and copays. When we are paying the most out of any other country while over 10 percent are being left behind, it's clear we have a broken system.
The solution, I believe, is a single-payer health care system. Single-payer health care means that clinics and hospitals will remain private enterprises, but the payment for health care services would only come from state government.
If you think that government is too wasteful, consider that the administrative costs of Medicare are about 2 percent of all costs, while in our current health care system, administrative costs are about 20 percent. An enormous amount of money would be saved.
In addition, no one would be left behind in a single-payer system. All Minnesota residents would get a health care card and would be able to visit the doctor.
I'm an urban resident, but like many from the Twin Cities, I love coming up north to Two Harbors and beyond. Let's unite behind solutions to improve the state. I encourage you to look up a single-payer health care bill in the state House and Senate called the Minnesota Health Plan.
Bernie Sanders supports single-payer health care. Donald Trump even supported single-payer health care before becoming president.
The solution is available and I hope you will support it.