Editorial: Let’s start out with long-term care for all

With 10% of the population suffering from disabilities and half the baby boom generation entering retirement without significant assets, coming up with a national long-term care plan that works is long overdue.

Ady Barkan, a 35-year-old Yale Law School graduate who is dying from ALS, made a poignant plea for Medicare for All at Congress’ first hearing on a single-payer proposal in more than a decade.

His testimony touched on the myriad flaws of private insurance: high administrative costs, growing out-of-pocket expenses, endless bureaucratic hassles, and the restrictions even adequately insured patient like himself face in obtaining necessary care.

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