We’re all in the same boat, so we must navigate the coronavirus course together

This opinion guest column by Senator Geoff Gratwick, was published on May 25, 2020 in the Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/25/opinion/contributors/were-all-in-the-same-boat-so-we-must-navigate-the-coronavirus-course-together/ “It is springtime in Maine and we are running the Corona River. No one has scouted this river before, no one can tell us what is ahead. We do not know whether that riffle is a jagged rock just below the surface or a deep boulder, whether...

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COVID-19 and the case for universal health care

Another Viewpoint: COVID-19 and the case for universal health care By Dr. Daniel Bryant The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us much about public health, economics, hygiene, class, race, leadership, and the like. It has also highlighted the fact that our government does not take responsibility for the health care of all of its citizens. There are many reasons for this, of course, including the country’s foundational principle...

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More Letters to the Editor written during the Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus and the Health of the Body Politic A prescient letter by John Buell, published in early March in the MDI Islander:  “Is the United States prepared to deal with a public health emergency? At this point such an emergency seems likely, but, even if it were not, the consequence of inaction is catastrophic and must be planned for……The many holes in our health insurance system combined...

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Fighting COVID-19 is socialism

Socialism, properly applied, benefits society as a whole. A letter to the editor by Tom Waddell of Litchfield, published in the Portland Press Herald on April 11, 2020: For those who oppose socialism but support government efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, think again. All efforts to combat COVID-19 are examples of socialism, a social system that regulates society for the benefit of everyone. Closing schools,...

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Medicare for Each of Us in the Age of the Coronavirus

The U.S. public—and increasingly the business community—are becoming acutely aware of the rising costs and inadequacies of our current for-profit system, particularly as the current epidemic unfolds. There is no other choice but Medicare for All. by Peter S. Arno and Philip Caper,  April 3, 2020, Common Dreams Over the past two weeks, the explosive growth of the coronavirus pandemic has forced nearly 10 million Americans to...

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American Health Care – The Illusion of Choice

“Choice” is a major buzzword in current discussions of healthcare. So let’s discuss our actual healthcare choices—as individuals and as a nation, starting with the argument made by politicians, pundits, and media that over 160 million Americans love their health insurance and do not want this choice forcibly taken away by the likes of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. As a physician and a health economist, we...

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Medicare for All: The Social Transformation of US Health Care

Medicare for All: The Social Transformation of US Health Care The destructive influence of profit-driven health care on patients and caregivers, especially when it is of the industrial scale found in the United States, is of fundamental importance to understanding much of the dysfunction of the American health care system.  It is too often ignored in the public discussions of health policy. by Peter Arno and Philip...

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Capitalism and Social Programs

In this letter to the editor published in seacoastonline.com, Dr. James Fieseher, a New Hampshire internist describes how a reliable health care system that covers everyone strengthens capitalism. “Bernie Sanders and many Republicans are both right on many aspects about the economy. A combination of their ideas would serve the country well….” https://www.seacoastonline.com/opinion/20200311/letter-capitalism-and-social-programs...

Maine Voices: Traditions of faith, science both encourage vaccination

The God of Christianity, Judaism and Islam has always cared about the health of the community. Love your neighbor and help them stay healthy! My 22 year old patient refused a flu shot during her yearly physical: “I don’t do shots,” she said. I let that one pass; as a primary care physician I need to choose my battles carefully, but I remembered that she is the...

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February 2020 News

Bangor City Council passes healthcare resolution Becomes first municipality in Maine since 2001 to support equitable healthcare At its February 10 meeting, the Bangor City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the Maine Legislature to create an equitable healthcare system for the state and all its residents. “We appreciate the support of the Bangor City Council in our efforts, and we hope passage of the resolution will...

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