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 of federalism; the near irrelevance of health care when the Constitution was written, and our geographical separation from the two world wars that gave battlefield governments their sense of social responsibility.
One could argue, however, that if our government had established a universal health care system similar to the one outlined in the Medicare for All Act of 2019, we would have been better prepared to deal with the crisis…
Dr. Daniel Bryant is a retired Portland internist, and a member of Maine AllCare, which advocates for universal health care.
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