Letters to the Editor

Medicare for All: Why no support from Heck, Kilmer?

While the Affordable Care Act made some important progress on healthcare, too many are still left behind by skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, or remain hostage to the price gouging of the pharmaceutical industry.

H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act, guarantees comprehensive healthcare to all, without the premiums, co-pays and deductibles that cause 32% of Americans to skip taking prescribed medications.

While the majority of Democrats in the House have co-sponsored the Medicare for All Act, local Reps. Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer continue to refuse to do so, despite popular support for the bill among voters, and desperate need in our community.

It’s time Kilmer and Heck started prioritizing the needs of real people and patients over corporate donors in big pharma and the insurance industry.

This isn’t the time for more complicated incremental approaches that leave the structure of our profit-driven system untouched. We need Medicare for All now and representatives willing to take action.

Hillel Samlan, Tacoma

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