Let us engage in a civil, substantive and fair conversation regarding health care. Listening carefully to those opposed to Medicare for all, I hear the following:

• The U.S. government should not intrude or limit our right of choice for our health care coverage

• “Horrible idea…America does not support it” according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders 

• Health care should be market-based

• Negative effects on businesses

In response to these concerns, I have yet to see a positive proposal from the White House or GOP. Below are answers to the characterizations and concerns raised.

Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration (VA) Health System are relatively successful U.S. government-run programs. In other areas we have no choice. The law requires I get car insurance. Why not mandate health insurance? According to a recent Kaiser Family poll, 53 percent of Americans support a national health care plan. A Pew Center Research poll shows 60 percent agree that the government should cover all. Market-based health care does not center on patient care. And businesses eventually would no longer have to pay the cost of employee health care with Medicare for all.

Let the conversation continue.

Rev. Kenneth R. Storck

Rockford, Illinois