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The ongoing search for 2020 vote’s silver lining

It is pretty hard to really know the full facts on any presidential candidate. However, one often overlooked fact is that the Democrats have not elected a president over the age of 52 (Carter) in over six decades. It is hard to understand why any of the three Democratic front runners expect to beat the sitting president in a good economy and yet are all over 70 years old. Fun fact: Ronald Reagan was the oldest ever elected at 73, John Kennedy was the youngest at 43. In other words, if it ends up a choice between Bernie, Joe, Elizabeth and Donald we will set a new record for the oldest elected president in our history. Or maybe, just maybe Democrats will get behind one of their vibrant, younger candidates and write a different page into the history books.

Uri Driscoll, Arcata

Our health care system is broke; let’s change it

So sorry to hear yet another medical provider going down the tubes because of our fragmented, irrational and inequitable health care non-system (“Humboldt Pediatrics closed its doors last week,” Times-Standard, Nov. 27, Page A2). Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Poyen for having gone beyond the call trying to keep her clinic serving a public which, sadly, has now less and less resources. She is 100% correct in her assessment that “there’s no doubt that a single-payer system is the only solution.” She was up against a formidable and ruthless opponent.

Relying on payments from corporate health insurance companies is fraught with endless complications, hoop-jumping, and denials, all of which cost providers dearly. Private doctors on average pay $100,000/year to comply with rules, regulations and requirements health insurance companies impose in order to feed their bottom line: making money, not providing health care. Many doctors have moved to Canada to avoid the frustration and financial ruin associated with dependence on health insurance involvement.The public has a hard time understanding how a single-payer system would work, but they need only look to our neighbors around the world that spend half of what we do with better health outcomes. We need not re-invent the wheel; it has been turning effectively abroad for decades.

More info: healthcareforallhumboldt@gmail.com

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Patty Harvey, Willow Creek; Dir., HCA/PNHP—Humboldt

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