As a Medicare recipient I know how close our country is coming to missing the mark of a caring society. When we invent schemes that use illness as an opportunity to make a buck, healthcare itself is sick.
It was as a hospital chaplain in the 1970-80s I became aware of how expensive it was for families when their loved ones died in the hospital. That was one of the reasons we started Hospice At Charlotte which I served as its first board president. Thanks to Medicare, our hospice (now Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region) cares for well over 4,000 patient families a year.
I see that history as a workable example of how an improved system of Medicare for all could work for the whole society. That’s why I wrote the song, “American Health Care for All.” It’s not a song for sale. It’s for raising our sights toward the society we should become, for God’s sake — if I may say so!
Play song at https://youtu.be/QJ_C-6YFQts
–Zach Thomas, August 2017
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