Single-payer health care would be a disaster. Stephen Epperly's letter to the editor on this subject on Sept. 24 was full of myths and lies. Consider these facts:
The California State Senate recently passed the Healthy California Act, which would effectively abolish private health coverage and enroll all residents, including those on Medicare employer sponsored insurance, Medi-Cal, the state's sponsored Medicaid program, as well as all illegal immigrants. An analysis by the State Senate's Appropriations Committee found that the measure would cost $400 billion annually, which is more than three times the state's annual budget of $125 billion. Taxes of all types would have to be raised dramatically to make this even feasible.
In May, New York's State Assembly passed a bill that would establish a single-payer system in the Empire State. It would cost as much as $226 billion in 2019 and destroy 175,000 jobs as companies flee to other states. The State's entire revenue take is projected to be just $82 billion.
In Canada's single-payer system, patients wait weeks for medical attention. According to Frazier Institute, a Canadian think tank, the median patient waits 20 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment from a specialist. A 2014 study of 11 industrialized countries ranked Canada dead last in timeliness of care.
In the United Kingdom's government-run system, patients aren't faring any better. In 2015, more than 130,000 patients did not receive timely cancer care.
Bottom line, single-payer systems have consistently received poor reviews from those trapped in them.
Pat Ropella, Mason City