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Medicare for All, not GoFundMe for the sick

In America, we have a health care system that makes industry executives a fortune while ordinary people are forced to crowdfund to survive.

A quarter-million GoFundMe campaigns are launched each year to pay for medical bills; $650 million is spent on medical GoFundMe campaigns annually; 90% of GoFundMe campaigns do not reach their goal.

It is an outrage that people must resort to begging from friends and family through GoFundMe when they get sick.

No one should have to go bankrupt or make their story go viral to get the health care they need.

Our profit-driven health care system is both immoral and unaffordable.

Medicare for All is the solution.

Under Medicare for All, everyone would have access to guaranteed, quality health care — including dental, vision, mental health, and long-term care — with no premiums, copays, or deductibles. All doctors and all hospitals would be in-network for anyone who needs care.

Under Medicare for All, no family would be forced to choose between lifesaving surgery or a mortgage payment.

Congress should support the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384/S. 1129) so not one more person will die unnecessarily or face financial ruin if they or a loved one gets sick.

For the richest country in the world, we are failing! We give tax cuts to rich but allow Americans to suffer and die because they can not afford health insurance.

MARY O’NEILL,

Presque Isle