To the Editor:
Joe Biden’s popularity is still due largely to his name recognition among voters who spend very little time following the news. The campaigns of Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg failed largely because they made it clear during the debates that they were “sucking up” to our nation’s greedy, corrupt and massively deadly health care corporations at the expense of nearly everyone else. That is why they chose to endorse Joe Biden on their way out.
The fact is that 87 million low-income Americans have no health insurance, because they can’t afford to pay the premiums or any hospital bills. Many of them will simply “die quietly” if they catch the coronavirus because they can’t afford to get help (and we won’t learn who else they may have spread that disease to). But even before the coronavirus outbreak, our corporately corrupted politicians (mostly Republican politicians) have been literally killing average of 86,000 innocent American men, women, and children of low-income families per year by denying them health care. That’s about 60 percent more Americans killed each year than the total number of American killed by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese during the entire Vietnam War.
As Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been pointing out, our nation can fix these problems with a “Medicare for All” program that would cost our government and Americans in general significantly less than our present much-to-be-desired health care system. Our “mainstream media” have been inexcusably failing to educate their audiences accordingly. If you find that to be unacceptable, then let the news agencies know accordingly. The lives that you save by doing that may include your own.
Christopher C. Currie