Needed changes

I’m writing in response to Mike of Watsontown, and others who are concerned about the cost of progressive programs, such as “free” single payer health care and tuition. Of course neither would be free; nothing is! I’ve seen a variety of price tags associated with single payer health care, from $1.38 trillion/year to $2.5 trillion to the latest estimate from a libertarian think tank of $3.2 trillion per year. Sounds like a lot, but we are paying $3.5 trillion per year for health care, without 100% coverage.

Even the Mercatus Center, the group that is most actively working against single payer, shows we will save money by instituting single payer. Not only will we save money, but we will have every citizen covered, without premiums, deductibles, or co-pays. How can we not afford it?

Other countries offer “free” public college tuition because they place value on higher education, and making that education accessible to all who seek it. Many states offer or are considering “free” tuition, including West Virginia, Tennessee, and New York. To extend that idea nationwide, Bernie Sanders has proposed a small tax on stock trades. Even if we can’t agree on “free” tuition for public college, I would think we could at least agree to help alleviate the suffocating student loan debt, which is now about $1.4 trillion. We are charging students and their parents an average of 6% for college loans.

At the very least, we should agree that needs to change. That change will only come if we vote for people who are willing to implement or debate it at the national level.

Leann Karschner

Hughesville

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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