Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Single Payer Would Help My Company and Workers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Single Payer Would Help My Company and Workers

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In response to Jim Cannon's Jan. 12 letter, "A Single-Payer Health System Isn't Realistic": Not only is single payer realistic, but it also is the only universal, equitable and affordable solution to our current broken health care system.

Years ago, my company was able to cover the full health care costs of my employees. Over time, my health care costs have dramatically escalated and I have had no choice but to burden my employees with a restricted network of providers, rising copayments and increasing deductibles.

In 2010, when President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care Act, I was optimistic that the SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) Marketplace would enable me to offer an affordable, enhanced health care solution. Unfortunately, we experienced increased premiums and reduced coverage. …

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