LETTER: Single payer health plan would benefit our area, Michael Kaufman, Oneonta Daily Star

Thank you for your editorial supporting single-payer health care, which would simplify and extend coverage to all Americans for all medically necessary treatments without premiums, co-payments, or deductibles. Volunteers in our area have organized for this for decades. The latest poll shows 60 percent of Americans now support a single-payer plan.

In the Senate, support for single-payer is growing: Long-time supporter Bernie Sanders has been joined by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and now our own Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. And in the House, as of early July, 113 U.S. Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 676, the House single-payer bill. However, our representative, John Faso, refuses to sign onto the bill. Instead, he twice voted to take away insurance from 23 million Americans — including thousands in our area. It seems he wants to return us to the days before Obamacare, when 52 million Americans were uninsured.

Read the full letter at the Daily Star here.

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