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Letter: Single-payer health care would benefit Americans

Single-payer health care would benefit Americans

A recent Another Voice by Sally Pipes, warning of how single-payer health care “would be a nightmare,” is simply a series of unsupported falsehoods and easily refuted legends reminiscent of the notorious “Harry and Louise” horror story ads that were funded by the insurance industry to help scuttle the Clinton administration’s health plan in 1994.

One refrain is the prediction of the “disastrous effects on the economy,” easily disproved by the fact that Canada’s economy hasn’t cratered in the 49 years it has had low-cost, tax-funded single-payer health insurance as a benefit for all.

When businesses would have their costs cut and greatly benefit from having the burden of providing health insurance employee benefits lifted, they would logically be attracted to New York rather than flee.

Among the cluster of clearly outrageous “facts” stated is that “Canadians often rely on America’s health care system.” That’s simply untrue. I personally know many Canadians who are afraid to spend winter in Florida simply because they are unable to afford the special insurance to cover costs of a potential health emergency and unwilling to chance being bankrupted by an incident in the U.S.

Please, consider the source before giving voice to such obvious self-serving propaganda.

Richard Clements


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