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From: barry levine
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 9:15 AM
Subject: re: Hillary Clinton Confronts Bernie Sanders as Polls Show Her Lead in Iowa Narrowing Photo
To the Editor:
Secretary Clinton has picked an uphill fight in arguing that senator Sanders' health care plan is unaffordable; neither facts nor logic support her. The current American system, including the ACA, requires that Americans support not only our healthcare providers from drug research to hospital construction to salaries for doctors, nurses, therapists etc. but adds to that the superstructure of insurers. Every dollar an insurer reports as profits, and every dollar an insurer pays in salaries and every building an insurer builds is a dollar Americans spend but for which we get no healthcare delivered. Dozens of countries have cut these insurers out by implementing some version of SinglePayer; none of them pay as much for healthcare as America does. Some of them nonetheless have better health outcome to show for it. In a world of finite resources, we need to choose rationally how to spend our money. Sometimes that requires changing the way we have done thing.
Barry Haskell Levine