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By Frank Miata, Medicare Beneficiary

I wonder if "celebrating" is the appropriate stance to take towards 50 years of avoiding the obvious need for a single payer, national health care system. I am old enough to remember what life was like before Medicare and Medicaid. I remember people dying outside hospitals, denied care because they had no insurance.

You and your wonderful colleagues are fighting for decent treatment for the elderly. It is a fight, a struggle. I think you need to emphasize that the fight for the human right to health is what is to be applauded. The securing of that right is the willingness to fight to maintain and expand that system against predatory political and business interests.

I just think the celebratory tone should have a different emphasis.

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