February 15, 2018

WE DON'T NEED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE; WE WANT IT (self-reference alert):

The most underrated argument for single-payer health care (Ryan Cooper, Feb. 15th, 2018, The Week)

If there's one constant in modern American life, it's paperwork and bills -- and it's rarely worse than it is for health care. If you need some medical procedure, you are virtually guaranteed several hours of tedious form-filling, made much worse by the knowledge that if you mess up, your insurance might not cover it, and the provider will take you for all you've got.

Eradicating this needless anxiety is perhaps the most underrated argument for Medicare for all. Universal health care would make living in American society tremendously simpler and less stressful. Even for upper-middle-class people who would pay stiffly higher taxes, the price would be well worth it.

I recognize this is not necessarily a typical interaction with the health care system, but: I got a robocall from CVS on Tuesday to tell me my meds (metformin) should be running low; Press #1 to fill the prescription; Press #1 to receive a text when it's ready; Charge: $0.

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