Health care crisis

Dear Editor,
If there’s a lesson to be learned from the ongoing health care crisis our nation is going through, it should be about the importance of everyone working together to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage.  To ensure all Americans have access to the care they need, we need to continue working together. That is why as we move forward in our health care future, we should not and cannot rely on starting over from scratch with a top-down, government-controlled health care system. Studies have shown that a public option or Medicare for All or whatever you call it would inherently mean higher taxes on hardworking Americans. It could also end up threatening local hospitals that are already facing steep financial pressures during these times, threatening patient access to care.  We’ve seen how important our hospitals are during this pandemic.  Putting them at risk of closure would hurt and endanger local communities.  We cannot allow that to happen with a new government-controlled system.

Annie Johnson