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The Most Important Legislation of My Lifetime

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John Conyers and Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for All' bill gains momentum
John Conyers and Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for All' bill gains momentum
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Representative John Conyers and Senator Bernie Sanders have introduced the most important legislation I have ever seen. It may not pass in my lifetime, but it will save lives when it does.

Single payer healthcare is what I am talking about. I am not afraid to call it what is. I don't care what you call it. It is morally and economically right. Yes, I said economically right. Only the insurance industry would disagree with that. What do insurance companies provide us anyway? An overpriced payee is what they are and all they are. They don't care about our health; they are designed for their own profit.

It is personal for me -- I am dying from kidney failure. My insurance company would rather pay for dialysis three times a week than cover a transplant. I could go to Iowa City a few hours away from my house and get on the transplant list, but I don't drive. I also could have gone on Medicare early and got the transplant in Des Moines at the hospital near me. I didn't choose Medicare during the last enrollment period. The insurance company I had in 2016 covered a transplant at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. I had no idea my new insurer wouldn't cover an operation in Des Moines.

My previous insurer, Coventry, sent me a letter in 2016 telling me that Aetna was taking over for them. So when I enrolled for 2017, I chose the Aetna Mercy healthcare plan. Everything looked the same to me. It turned out to be a huge mistake. They started out claiming my dialysis was out of network. It was not. For the last year, I have had to fight to get them to pay my bills. It only took me a few weeks to hit my deductible, but somehow they keep claiming I'm under the deductible on a regular basis until I complain.

The last thing people who are sick need is to have to be stressed out with medical bills. All over the world, governments take care of the cost of healthcare. It is far from free -- the money is raised in taxes just like funding for fire departments, the police, the military, and public education. Medicare for All, as Bernie and Rep. Conyers are calling it, would result in a tax raise. The simple fact, though, is that most people's tax hike would be more than offset by no longer having high premiums, co-pays, and deductibles.

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Scott Galindez is a graduate of Syracuse University, a US Army veteran, and currently the Political Director of ReaderSupportedNews.org. Scott's activism began at an anti-nuclear vigil in Lafayette "Peace Park" across from the White House. Scott (more...)
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