The April 30 Reader Opinion letter wants us to wake up to facts about single-payer health care versus a free market solution.

Here's an eye-opener: Medicare's (single-payer) overhead is 3 percent, while with private insurance companies (free market solution) overhead and profits add up to 15-25 percent. By eliminating the health insurance industry ($350 billion per year administrative costs and profits), a single-payer system (such as "Medicare for all") would save enough money to insure everyone and would also cover pre-existing conditions, eye care and dental. All without deductibles.

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Single-payer is a national health insurance system. You get a health care card and you can go to any doctor or hospital in the United States. The government is billed, but the health care delivery system remains private and the doctors remain in private practice.

Another eye-opener: With our current free market solution, 120 people die every day from lack of health insurance! In Canada (single-payer), zero people die per day due to lack of health insurance.

Thirty-two of the 33 highly-developed nations have universal health care, with the United States being the exception. Adopting a single payer system makes health care affordable to all by removing the greed which has rendered our current system ineffective.

Let's join the rest of the civilized world and provide health care for all of our citizens.

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane"-Martin Luther King Jr.

Eric Norquist