LETTER: NY Health Act would cover all, for less, Katie Barrett, Syracuse.com

By Katie Barrett, March 26, 2019

In response to the March 20, 2019, letter “Single-payer health insurance would take away patient choice,” by Rhett Cox.

As a bartender in the past, I spent many years listening to people’s worries. Health care is personal for almost everyone, myself included. My husband also has diabetes, and despite his being on Medicare, it cost us $6,700 last year. Like Mr. Cox, my husband’s life depends on daily treatment.

I have the cheapest insurance I can find with a $4,000 deductible. Last year, our added out-of-pocket approached $9,000 because I got sick. This year, I’ll try to avoid doctors, as most do when faced with bill after bill, above your monthly premium.

Working-class people, like us, are hurt the most. If anything really bad happens, we could lose all our savings or even our home…

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