Letter: Tedra Cobb has a sensible health care plan

Ms. Cobb has the credibility to advance that [agenda] in Congress, and I wholeheartedly support her for that and will be voting for her in the upcoming primary and then the general election.


A CNBC study in 2013 found that three out of five bankruptcy filings were due to medical bills. That represented about 1.7 million Americans. It is the conventional wisdom that bankruptcy is brought on by irresponsible, proliferate credit card spending on consumer goods. That is clearly not the truth. That figure does not even address the many who are forced to pay unexpected medical bills with a credit card just to access care and then subsequently file for bankruptcy due to medical bills charged to the credit card. Those bankruptcies will then go on to affect all the other members of the household.

Obamacare was not a panacea. But it was a start, a compromise between the ideologues of an unfettered free market with its privations and those recognizing the extraordinary impact of health care on the individual and our national economy.

When politicians could eloquently string more than 10 words together, David Lloyd George declared in 1912:

“So long as the head of the family is in good health … he can keep the wolves of hunger … from the door; but when he breaks down in health, his children are at the mercy of these fierce ravaging beasts, and there is no one there to stand at the door to fight for the young. What happens in these cases? In hundreds of thousands there is penury, privation, everything going from the household, nothing left impawned, except its pride.”

Our congressional representative, who accepts money from both the insurance and the pharmaceutical industries, voted to deny millions of Americans health insurance without a plan to fix the problem. She voted lock step with Donald Trump’s campaign promise to gut Americans’ access to health care. She, like her presidential mentor, has never offered an alternative comprehensive solution.

Tedra Cobb does. It should be based on the concept of Social Security: everyone contributes, everyone benefits; i.e., Medicare for All. Ms. Cobb has the credibility to advance that in Congress, and I wholeheartedly support her for that and will be voting for her in the upcoming primary and then the general election.

Dr. Robert Johnson

Sackets Harbor

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