I am sending you a letter that I wrote to our Governor and state representatives, as I hoped it might be of interest to your readers.
Dear Governor Mills:
Thank you for all you have done in the face of our COVID-19 crisis. I am proud of you and our CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah for keeping us informed and for the mandates you have enacted. I am very proud to be a citizen of this state.
This crisis has certainly accentuated the need for a more equal and accessible health care system and a more timely reimbursement for health-care providers and institutions. As a retired physician and mother of two practicing physicians, I have been concerned about this inequality and inefficiency for years and hoped that the Affordable Care Act would be a good start toward a remedy. Sadly, I think it has just touched the tip of the iceberg. Now is the time to move forward with publicly funded universal health care if not as a nation, then at least as a state. We along with several other states could lead the way. As one who has been fortunate enough to afford health care, I am not averse to being taxed in a proportionate way.
Virginia B. Grogean, MD