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Can you really keep your health insurance?

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Dear Editor:

A frequent message in the media is that people don't want to give up their employer-sponsored health insurance. Is this industry spin or a reality?

Let's look at the facts. Based on an analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 66 million people lose their job each year through quitting, firing, lay offs or life circumstances. That is almost half of the population (44 percent of workers).

When they lose their jobs, they often lose their health insurance.

On top of that, this study from the University of Michigan finds that changing insurance each year is common in the United States.

In other words, people "lose" their health insurance commonly. Some end up uninsured. Others scramble to find a job that offers benefits or a plan they can afford. For people with ongoing health conditions, this can be very disruptive to their care.

Would people be willing to "give up" their health insurance for national improved Medicare for All, knowing they would have it for the rest of their lives? The Fox News Town Hall recently provides insight into that answer.

There was a resoundingly positive response from Republicans, Democrats, Independents and conservatives.

Medicare For All is not a radical idea. Thirty other industrialized countries have been using some form of this for over 60 years. The U.S. is radical in that we have 30 million Americans without any health insurance and 41 million who have insurance but can't afford their deductibles.

Cyndi Ortman

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