Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.
Letters to the Editor

Single payer

To the Editor:

The Affordable Health Care Act mandates insurance for those who lack it. For the poorest, the federal government defrays the costs. The federal government can issue the funds and its borrowing costs are low, whereas states cannot supply the funds. States are accepting this course, helping their economies.

However, only single payer health insurance for all, not in effect, would cover all costs or be affordable. The Medicare system is non-competitive and it succeeds for that reason, as it wastes no money for administrative overhead, lobbyists, paying CEOs millions in bonuses, posh offices, or limiting care. Sixty-two percent of personal bankruptcies are the result of insurance shortage or serious illness, a 50 percent increase from 2001.

An expanded Medicare single payer for all, over and under 65, would deny no treatment. The federal government pays the funds that it receives from employees and employers in payroll taxes.

Doctors and hospitals spend billions meeting insurers’ documentation.

The Affordable Health Care Act is vital health care for those uninsured. Single payer for all ages must include all insurance systems. Most developed nations have such health insurance.

Bernice Russell

Crystal Lake

Loading more