This is a response to the Joe Mathews opinion piece “My Doubts About Single-Payer Just Show I’m Sick in the Head” which appeared in last Sunday’s Chronicle (October 8, 2017):
In Sunday SF Chronicle Insight, Joe Mathews said he was disappointed with himself for not being 100% supportive of single-payer health care, and comes on like a health insurance company trying to keep the deadly, fractured, expensive system we have. A study completed a couple months ago by 4 PHD’s at U of Mass. Amherst detailed how CA is spending $368.5 billion on health care and would spend $330 billion if it adopted single payer with CA, SB 562, saving $37.5 billion a year, and detailed two options for financing CA single payer. Mathew’s $400 billion cost is a bogus figure used by those who want to keep enriching the insurance industry CA does not need. With the 6th largest economy in the world CA can easily self ensure for health care .Go on line, Joe! U. of Mass. Pollin Report on CA SB 562.