Medicare for all
EDITOR: Thank you to Dr. Herb Brosbe for highlighting the reality of our health care system, even for those with Medicare (“A voice from the medical trenches,” Close to Home, Feb. 2). Patients with Medicare go bankrupt because of medical debt, avoid seeking treatment and avoid filling prescriptions because of cost. For those with private insurance and increasingly high out-of-pocket costs due to high deductibles and co-pays, the situation is even worse. Sixty percent of individual bankruptcies are due to medical debt and, of those, 75 percent had medical insurance at the onset of their illness.
The solution is improved and expanded Medicare for all, as is provided by HR 676, the United States Health Care Act, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Everyone deserves health care.
DR. NICHOLAS H. ANTON
EDITOR: As California struggles through this drought and dry weather, I want to remind readers what happened the last time our elected officials rallied us to conserve water.
A few years ago, during a dry spell, the water agency and others repeatedly asked us to conserve water. We did that is a very big way. Water consumption went way down. It was a grand effort. What did the water agency give us in return? It raised rates.
Its reasoning was that since water consumption was way down, it wasn't making enough money to finance its operation, so it raised rates. So this time when we are asked to conserve I hope the agency doesn't pull those shenanigans again. Stay tuned.
EDITOR: Understandably, an official of the Institute of Progressive Education and Learning, Michael Haran, believes that progressive pedagogy should play a strong role in schooling (“The value of common core standards in school,” Close to Home, Thursday). Less clear is why he would insist Common Core should impose progressive pedagogy on all children, despite individual differences that leave some children more in need of structured instruction than others.