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Axne needs to sign onto Medicare for all

Healthcare was one of Rep. Cindy Axne’s biggest issues during the campaign trail.

Since Axne has been elected, she’s only disappointed me and many other Iowans on her lack of support for the only policy that will truly benefit the American people — improved Medicare for All.

Rep. Axne recently joined the Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force. The name sounds nice, but it really is dedicated to keeping power in the hands of insurance companies over you and me.

Any healthcare that still allows profits for insurance or healthcare corporations won’t be affordable or accessible.

The time is now to take the power away from insurance and pharmaceutical companies. The time is now to end the crippling medical debt so many Iowans face. The time is now for a healthcare system that puts people over profits. And I’d like to see Axne on the right side of the issue.

Rep. Axne — sign onto the Medicare for All Act of 2019 and show us who you are fighting for.

Bridget Reidburn

Des Moines

Health care for all

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How many Americans die every year because they don’t have health insurance? About 45,000. How many can’t afford to take their medication? About 45,000,000. About 44,000,000 have no health insurance and another 38,000,000 have inadequate health insurance. This is a crime and it causes bad health result and even death. All of the other countries in the world cover all their people.

Our health care ranks about 27th in the world, but we pay twice as much as all the others countries. Don’t you think that we should be ranked first? We spend about $3,000,000,000 and the difference is $1,500,000,000. We could use this to build about 1,500,000 homes a year. How many living wage jobs would this provide? We must also make sure that the surplus won’t be used for another tax cut. How big was your refund?

We can start this in 2020. The only thing we need to do is to make a budget for health care of $1,500,000,000 and reap the benefits. By making sure that all citizens get preventive health care and that they can afford their medicine, I can guarantee you that America ranking in health care will rise to the top and we can save 45,000 lives every year.

This program would add almost 1 1/2 million new homes for Americans every year. The home owner would make monthly payments and that revenue could be used for renovating homes across America.

Robert Davis


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