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Single-payer: Been there

| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wants a single-payer health-care system, one where a government-run plan provides health care to all Americans.

All Americans would have health coverage and pay nothing out of pocket when they visit the doctor, which includes dental and vision — more generous than what is available in other single-payer countries.

The U.S. already has experience in government-run health care. It is called the Department of Veterans Affairs.

An old soldier once intimated that a veteran takes his life in his hands twice — once when he enters military service, the second when he enters a VA hospital. Recent news headlines validate that comment.

Sanders goes into great detail about the type of coverage but provides no clue how the “free” health care will be paid for. Sanders' plan is like ObamaCare — we first have to buy the poke before seeing the pig with lipstick.

Much like taxes, everyone is for or against health-care premiums, just so they do not apply to them. If you think your health-care coverage is bad and expensive now, wait until we get the civilian VA. New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was right: There are no free lunches.

D.A. Scandrol

Lower Burrell

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