Letters to the Editor

Health care: Sanders' plan is not socialism

Re: “ Democrats turn into socialists in no time flat,” (TNT, 9/15).

Columnist Dana Milbank says that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new Medicare for All bill is “socialism” and by extension, the Democratic Party is “socialist.”

Pshaw! Bernie’s program is far from socialist. It has been duplicated in many proudly capitalist countries. The fact that so few Democrats have been willing to sign on is testimony to the capitulation of the Democrats to corporate interests.

We already have socialized medicine: the Veteran’s Administration. Medicaid is the Canadian Plan. Obamacare: look no further than Switzerland. The rest: Somalia.

Milbank reminds me of something my father told me: “Whenever the papers call something socialist, that means it’s good for the working man.”