All Americans deserve good health care

By Rian Podein, M.D.
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisc.), October 16, 2017

Medicare for all is patriotic.

Our nation proudly acts patriotic when we support our military troops. This patriotism naturally extends to supporting our neighbors too. Our brave military men and women are often placed in harms way sacrificing, life and limb.

The same is true of our courageous countrymen and women who may also find themselves in harm's way, whether by natural disaster, national tragedy, mass shootings, terrorism or illness.

Rightfully, we have guaranteed our military personnel access to high quality and affordable health care via the Veteran’s Administration. We owe the same patriotic commitment to our neighbors.

Current legislation that can fulfill this patriotic commitment includes bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and more recently in the Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The time has come to support our troops and our neighbors with the right to health care.