Lincoln, my friend of 20 years, called in early April to let me know that he had taken his mother to the doctor on two separate occasions and her symptoms were minimized, dismissed and she was sent home. The third and final time the staff decided to test her. That’s when they discovered his mother had COVID-19. She died later that day.
The pandemic has wrought pain and death on our neighbors, friends, and coworkers and has hurt the economic well-being of Americans. It’s also shown the woeful inadequacy of our current patchwork health care system.
The most beloved and tested single payer health payment system in the U.S. is Medicare, which works. Now let’s make it work even better and expand it to everyone.