Dear Joe Biden,
It is now 100 days out from the election in November and I’d like a word or two about health care in America. As is laid bare by the current coronavirus pandemic, the American medical system was — and remains — disastrously unprepared to handle the crisis. While I applaud you and Barack Obama for the gains you made in creating the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it is clear that the system set up to control the bleeding is no longer enough to provide for the chronic medical needs of America, especially now that 5.4 million more Americans have been booted from their employer’s health care plans since March of this year.
By way of introduction, my name is Gerard McLean and I reside in Ohio’s 10th District at XXX Bxxxxxxxx Drive in Englewood 45322, a smallish city a mere ten miles north of Dayton.
In 2016, I wrote 100 daily letters to your predecessor, Hillary Clinton. You can find copies of my letters here as well as bundled in a book, available on Amazon. For your convenience, I am sending a copy of the book to your Deputy Campaign Manager, Rufus Gifford, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting in Dayton when he was helping canvas for Richard Cordray in October of 2018. I’ll not go into other details of how Rufus and I both know each other, but I’m certain he would be delighted to share with you should you ask him.
Joe, I know that the chances of reaching you on this subject and changing your mind on #MedicareForAll are slim to none. But so too, were the chances of you and Barack passing the ACA into law. Even slimmer were the chances of creating a firewall against the onslaught of Republican lawsuits challenging the law.
Still, you persisted. Allow me to try as well.
Two of the greatest skills I’ve learned as I aged are patience and tenacity. I have both in abundance. So, in short, buckle up, Joe — I intend to use every ounce of both to persuade you that #MedicareForAll #SinglePayer (#Americare … hold onto that for now) is the only direction we should be pursuing as a nation.
100 days to go. 100 letters to write.