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Don't want to worry about paying for care

Don't want to worry about paying for care

Medical care is needed to the end of our life

We live in a cruel country. I know many people in their 50s or early 60s who could or might be able to retire except they would lose their health insurance, can’t predict the short- or long-term costs of insurance or afford it on their own, and aren’t yet old enough (65) for Medicare.

Some could begin new part-time careers pursuing their passions or vastly increase their volunteer work. Not having a health care system that includes everyone regardless of age, marriage, employment or health status enslaves people to their jobs, robs them of their creativity and independence, and is unnecessary.

Enactment of a national health insurance or a statewide system would free workers to pursue their dreams and eliminate the terror millions of us have - not being certain we will be able to afford or obtain needed health care in old age or when we suddenly and desperately need it and might not be able to advocate for ourselves.

We do not have to live like this. Dozens of other nations have solved this problem of universal access to health care. Eighty years ago, when Social Security was created, we solved the problem of assuring the elderly do not starve. Let us now enact Medicare for all to assure that we can all obtain the medical care we need when we need it for the remainder of our lives.

Tom Ellis

Albany

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