I appreciate The Star’s support of the State of Missouri changing the Medicaid eligibility standard (3/29, Opinion, “Better health care needed for the working poor”). I am outraged that a family of four with an annual income of $4,411 does not qualify for Medicaid! But the solution to America’s health care crisis lies with the federal government.
The article “Support grows for care cure; But rifts remain over a government insurance plan and how to pay for more health coverage” (3/29, A-8) indicated that a single-payer insurance system is “all but ruled out” of federal consideration. There is pressure from the insurance industry to squelch any kind of “public plan option.”
Rep. Roy Blunt’s aide was quoted: “A government-controlled plan available to every American will push 160 million Americans now in private plans into a one-size-fits-all bureaucratic plan.”
But Americans wouldn’t need to be pushed. If a program similar to traditional Medicare were available, we’d leave the nightmare of private health insurance in droves.
See Physicians for a National Health Program (www.PNHP.org) for thorough, easy-to-digest information on the merits of universal health insurance.