Cold and ice age; Pros, cons of single-payer — Letters to the Editor, Feb. 12, 2020

Cold an ice age happen again?

“At the time of the Pleistocene, the continents had moved to their current positions. At one point during the Ice Age, sheets of ice covered all of Antarctica, large parts of Europe, North America, and South America, and small areas in Asia.

“In North America they stretched over Greenland and Canada and parts of the northern United States. The remains of glaciers of the Ice Age can still be seen in parts of the world, including Greenland and Antarctica.

“But the glaciers did not just sit there. There was a lot of movement over time, and there were about 20 cycles when the glaciers would advance and retreat as they thawed and refroze.” (

Do you think this could happen again?

—Robert Miller


Pros, cons  of single-payer healthcare need clarification

The controversy about the virtues or disadvantages of a single-payer health care system need clarification.

If a true single-payer system is enacted it is true that private health insurance policies would disappear.  However, if a system that allows  both private policies and a “public option” is adopted, it would require health providers to maintain administrative staff to cope with the intricacies of the various and numerous private policies.

That extra cost would be included in the premiums for the “public option” subscribers.

What that boils down to is that the wealthy demanding private insurance would be subsidized by the lower-income sector. The wealthy always have the option to obtain private health care at their own expense if they deem it necessary. 

In the distant past, I lived in two foreign countries (England and Germany) that both made single-payer health care available to non-citizens and I never had to wait for appointments.

I am now awaiting an appointment in Eugene on the last day of March that was booked in January.

—Bill Durst



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