Editor:

While Bernie Sanders and company are pushing towards "Medicare for All," Wyoming U.S. Sens. Dr. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi say otherwise. After the two gave their critical opinions on the proposed healthcare bill on Aug. 16, they were called "baseless" by health care policy experts. These so-called “experts” criticize the senators’ claims regarding the failing single-payer health care systems in countries such as Canada and the UK. Barrasso mentioned that when he was a practicing doctor, he experienced clients coming to the U.S. from Canada seeking better healthcare. Both of my parents have worked in the Wyoming medical field for over 20 years. They too have acknowledged that they often see people coming to the U.S. in search of better health care and quicker treatment.

Since Canada and the UK have instituted single-payer systems, they’ve both seen a tremendous reduction in the quality of healthcare. Fox News reported a number of startling facts regarding this. They stated that the number of patients left waiting 12 hours or more for emergency care has spiked. The number of people waiting 18 weeks or longer for treatment for long-term conditions has increased. The employment of nurses and practitioners has dropped substantially. They’ve even resorted to healthcare rationing. The worst part is that the Canadians and British are paying for it. In the UK, payroll taxes average 37 percent, which is much higher than the 15.3 percent for the average US citizen.

The U.S. currently spends $3.2 trillion per year on health care. It’s estimated the "Medicare for All" plan that Sanders and the Democratic Party are proposing would cost $32 trillion over 10 years, according to The Washington Post. This plan would increase government healthcare expenses by 233 percent. US citizens, especially those of Wyoming, will be paying far more for far less.

The purpose of the U.S. Constitution, as stated in the Preamble, is to "promote the general welfare," not to provide it. Barrasso and Enzi have seen single-payer health care systems fail firsthand. We must realize that these systems cost an astronomical amount of tax-payer money and they produce very few positive results.

JEREMY MILLER, Laramie

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