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A libertarian's case for single-payer health care

I am a lifelong believer and supporter of the Libertarian Party. My beliefs were strongly reinforced by book written in the late 1970s called "Resorting the American Dream" by Robert Ringer. However, despite being contradictory to the libertarian philosophy, I support Bernie Sanders' single payer system for health care. I believe Bernie Sanders' idea is a place to start.

A libertarian supporting a self-described democratic socialist's ideas for health care tells you how broken our medical health insurance system is for the average American. Our medical health insurance system is totally broken and needs to be replaced. I have come this realization after struggling with the high cost of coverage for prescription drugs, struggling with the cost of COBRA coverage, and struggling with ridiculously high deductibles, premiums, and co-pays for medical services with employer-sponsored insurance. The problem is, all parties involved in providing health care payments have different objectives. Normally in business, when all parties have totally different objectives, there is a balancing effect. Yet, within health care, there is no balancing effect; in fact, the scales are tilted against the person needing the coverage.

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Here are the facts the way I see them: 1. We want the best the possible health care for ourselves and our family. 2. Our doctors want the best possible health care for each of us. But they also want to be paid the most for providing that care. 3. We want a third party to pay for that coverage, and for most of us, over the last 60 years, our employers are responsible to provide that coverage. Our employers make every decision based on profits. So your employer decides your health coverage based on what is best for their bottom line, not your best health concerns 4. The insurance companies make all of their decisions based on how much can they charge the employer for coverage and how little can they pay the medical communities for the service. So the insurance companies make their decisions about your health coverage based on their profits, not your best health interests. 5. Our political leaders make their decisions based on who gave them the most money to run for re-election. So our political leaders base their vote on health care issue based on who is donating the most money to them not on providing affordable healthcare for us.

A prime example of that is under current law, Medicare is not allowed to negotiate with the drug companies for price. So the primary interest of each party that is providing heath coverage is their own bottom line. The current system is failing Americans, and it was failing Americans prior to Obamacare.

Don Radke, Baltimore

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