Wednesday, October 18, 2006

This isn't right

I want to call your attention to an article called Health Care Scandal has Real Victims. Here's the part I particularly want you to see:

The U.S. health care system is an open scandal. We devote far more of our national income to health care than any other industrial nation. Yet we get worse results -- higher child mortality, higher deaths from breast cancer, less prevention and more expense. If you have wealth, the best medicine in the world is available to you. If you are poor, or increasingly a middle- or low-income family, too often you will lack insurance or be vastly underinsured. You will forgo costly tests and let illnesses fester until they become debilitating.

This is getting worse, not better. More and more small businesses simply don't offer health care for their employees. More and more large ones are imitating Wal-Mart and moving to part-time employees, who can't afford what plan is offered. They count on Medicaid to provide some coverage for their workers. We pay the highest drug prices in the world, even though the U.S. government pays for much of the research that develops the drugs.
Every American, regardless of income, should have the right to quality health care. The nation should support aggressive prevention programs, which would not only help keep people healthier, but save taxpayers' money.
This ought not be a partisan political issue, but a shared moral commitment.

We are the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system. It is, of course, a false economy. It would actually be good for businesses if they didn't have the burden of providing health care for their employees. We are not able to attact manufacturing jobs from multi-national companies because here they have to worry about health care costs. As a result, we are simply not competitive. And, of course, we are an international disgrace because we don't take care of our people.

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