In the Sunday (May14) Washington Post, a front page article described in vivid detail how hundreds of working people on Maryland’s Eastern Shore lined up for hours in the cold in early March in Salisbury to get free dental care they could not afford otherwise. This kind of charity mass treatments are held periodically around the nation, often in rural areas where cavity fighting fluoride is not in well-water that people drink.
One woman who lost her job during the recession (as did her husband) and now earns thousands of dollars less each year has been living with a painful cracked tooth for years because she could not afford to get it yanked out. This is in Maryland, one of our nation’s most prosperous states, and where a 12-year old Prince Georges County boy died from infection from a neglected tooth several years ago! This woman had to wait 10 hours the first day, and then come back the next day for the extraction. The irony, of course, is that people without insurance get charged full retail price for dental work, vastly more than dentists get paid for people who have insurance.
Another irony, is, that of course many of these people, including the woman with the cracked tooth, voted for Donald Trump because they believed his campaign lies that he was on their side and would help them. They are slowly realizing the sad truth.
The point is that this problem would be easily solved if MEDICARE FOR ALL were approved by congress! The bill HR676 or one soon to be introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders would cover dental work and routine eye exams, along with all other medical needs FOR EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY without any insurance premiums, co-pays or deductibles!!! Everyone would pay a moderate tax and be included.
Yet Republicans and President Trump seem hell-bent on TAKING HEALTH INSURANCE AWAY from the working poor!!! All while they blatantly lie about “improving” health care for people.
WE HAVE TO STAY ALERT AND KEEP MAKING PHONE CVALLS, KEEP WRITING LETTERS TO NEWSPAPERS, KEEP HOLDING RALLIES AND KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!