Kaper-Dale: Lacking in health-care debate: Medicare-for-all

This excerpt from an opinion piece in the Newark Star-Ledger was originally published on July 18, 2017.

By Seth Kaper-Dale

The Republicans had seven years to come up with a viable replacement to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky admitted to defeat when he couldn't find 50 senators to vote on a bill that would have left millions without healthcare. Absent an Obamacare substitute, the president wants a vote to repeal it, which would reverse more than 50 years of improvements in coverage for Americans. 

I've listened closely to defenders of Obamacare and proponents of the Republican plans, but until recently few congressional representatives argued primarily about care; most talk about insurance. Both plans assumed Americans are obliged to throw money into a poorly-regulated private industry.  It's unnecessary. 

It hinders job mobility, stagnates businesses, submerges municipal budgets and even limits where to find help when sick.  It's just stupid.

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