Regarding Single payer means
we all pay to be worse off:
Despite having good doctors and good hospitals, U.S. healthcare outcomes do not compare very favorably with those of other industrialized nations.
A national single-payer planpaid for with our tax dollarswould be as socialized as Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Transportation Department. The proper role of our government is to take care of needs that we the people cannot do as individuals. We have tried to manage healthcare through a market-based system, and we have failed. The market strategy has made billions for insurers but over 47 million Americans remain uninsured, and 18,000 people ages 18-64 die each year in the U.S. because of a lack of access to care. Thats six times as many people as died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
I have family members in Canadavarious ages and income levels. They have been receiving timely, innovative and excellent careall prepaid by their own tax dollars. One hears that Canadians have to wait for nonurgent surgeries, but they do eventually get that surgery. Is that rationing? In the U.S., we see the ultimate form of rationingdenial of care.
Canada and other free-market democracies have done the math and they have opted for a single payer system. As the recent Nobel winners in economics have shownsometimes government must do what markets cannot. Saving lives and saving tax dollars may fall into that category.
Harriette SeilerLouisville, Ky.
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