This commentary is by Nick Santoro, a resident of Rutland.

With the deathly mess American government and the privatized medical industry have made with their Covid slapdash strategy, it seems a wee bit timely to design a universal health care system for those who need it (most of us), in conjunction with existing privatized health care for those who want it.

Some 150 million Americans have health care tied to their jobs. Just imagine yourself choosing to work at a job and not having your choice determined by co-pay medical coverage.

What universal health care means is the security of knowing you can see a doctor for treatment. It also unleashes a person and his family from an employer’s undeniable grip over one’s life, as governments have done in Europe and around the globe. Universal health care is about freedom of choice as well as a kind of camaraderie with the rest of the developed world.  continue reading