Finally, the Senate has released its version of the American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare. National polls reveal that only 29 percent of Americans support the bill, making it perhaps the most unpopular piece of legislation in decades.
Meanwhile, the majority of Americans know what they want. They support expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American. A Pew Research Center survey shows 60 percent of Americans say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans; while a whopping 85 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say the same.
It’s a pragmatic solution, yet here in Connecticut not one of our five U.S. House of Representatives members has signed on to cosponsor House Bill 676, “Medicare for All.” Bernie Sanders, who made single-payer health care the backbone of his candidacy, hasn’t introduced a similar bill in the Senate. What’s up with that?
Is there any chance our voices will be heard? Perhaps we need to ask our members of Congress who, not coincidentally, has a 20 percent approval rating.
Lynne Charles, Madison
The writer is recorder and treasurer, Madison Green Town Committee.
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