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Newsday letters to the editor Friday, March 24, 2017

Clamps, scissors and other surgical instruments are seen

Clamps, scissors and other surgical instruments are seen in the operating room during a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Credit: Getty Images

Health care isn’t an incurable challenge

No, columnist Cathy Young, health care is quite curable but you failed to mention the simple cure: single-payer Medicare for all [“Why health care is so incurable,” Opinion, March 15].

It’s a program already in place with less paperwork, no huge advertising or marketing costs, and no support for large CEO salaries. Ease of use when you are ill is an immeasurable benefit. Everyone would be covered. Medicare for all would allow the government to bargain for lower drug costs that have gotten out of control.

That every industrialized nation offers a single-payer system covering all its citizens leaves the United States the pathetic outlier. It’s a cure without having to worry about going broke when you get sick. It helps employers large and small by removing the burden of covering all employees. It helps every taxpayer who is otherwise paying for public school teachers’ and civil servants’ health care.

When you lose the large deductibles, copays, exclusions, large premiums and heavy costs for prescription drugs, it saves us all money. It would be a no-brainer if legislators weren’t being swayed by lobbyists and large health care industry players.

Health care is curable. It remains to be seen, however, whether our corrupted government can be cured.

Suzanne Stone, Centerport


Health care is curable if:

  • We as a nation decide that everyone shall have health care.
  • We decide to live healthy lives: exercise, reduce sugar, alcohol and overeating.
  • Medical education for doctors is free, so that there is no need for them to charge high fees to repay their enormous student loans.
  • Nonprofit insurance companies are formed.
  • Doctors and insurance companies adjust their rates for the present time, and affluent Americans pay more taxes so that low-income people can have health care.

Stanley Gittleman, Baldwin

NY State school funding not fair for all

Regarding “Rallying for school funding” [News, March 5], Long Islanders should be aware that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is incorrect in stating that the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, an advocacy organization that sued the state in 1993, dealt with New York City schools only.

The campaign’s lawsuit argued that the state was not meeting children’s constitutional right to a sound basic education. According to the Alliance for Quality Education, a group that organized around the lawsuit, about $879 million is still owed to Long Island schools from this 2006 lawsuit.

It’s important that a March for Education Justice, one of several statewide, was held on Long Island on March 4 to bring awareness to this and other essential education issues.

The Alliance for Quality Education estimates there is a $10,000 gap per pupil between high-wealth and low-wealth school districts. How can we say that people have an equal opportunity to succeed if the quality of your education depends on the district where your parents can afford to live?

The quality of our future depends on the quality of our schools because all of us benefit from a well-educated population. The full and fair funding of Long Island’s public schools should be an issue we can all get behind.

Laura Maffei, Cedarhurst

Editor’s note: The writer teaches in a private school.


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