McClaughry's attack on health care

To the Editor:

John McClaughry's libertarian rant against Vermont's future single-payer health care system (Caledonian-Record March 30) is out of touch with contemporary economic realities.

In McClaughry's 1% fantasy, we don't need universal, publicly-funded health care because we can and should get private health care for ourselves. If we can't afford it, too bad for us.

In reality, most Vermonters, like most Americans, are in the other 99%. Vermont needs a universal, publicly-funded health care system for the same reason Canada and most other industrialized countries need and already have single payer: to protect the lives of the citizens who make up that 99%.

Mimi Morton

Guilford, Vt.

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