Joe Lawlor’s Sept. 16 article “Cost jumps for extended individual health plans” paraphrases Emily Brostek of Consumers for Affordable Health Care as saying that “… choosing from a myriad of marketplace plans can be daunting.” His article notes that “navigators” can assist consumers.

What every Mainer under 65 years old gets from for-profit health insurers is the opportunity to waste time on a “daunting” shopping experience, in search of expensive or even unaffordable insurance, with high deductibles to pay when sick.

What would help every Mainer is to be on improved Medicare. Ask U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree or Bruce Poliquin for a copy or a summary of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. Rep. Pingree supports this bill in Congress.

“Improved Medicare for All” would cover Mainers from their first breath to their last with generous benefits and low or even absent deductibles. Equitably funded, everyone would pay when working, instead of when sick. We would eliminate confusion and the need for navigators, wasted time, administrative waste and high profits.

William D. Clark, M.D.