ShareThis Page

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.