To the Editor:
While Congress toys with our health care, almost all of us can only hope for the best.
The rest of the industrial countries solved the insurance and healthcare for their people years ago. Only one of the many people I have talked to from the U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Brazil and Columbia would want our system.
Most had our free market, cockeyed, hodgepodge medical system before fixing it with a sensible plan. Americans spend $2.8 trillion each year or $1 of every $6 of our GDP. That’s more than the next 10 countries combined.
What do we get for all that money? We get higher rates of disease, shorter life expectancy and a rating of 50th in infant mortality. The majority of bankruptcies are caused by the inability to pay medical bills.
Fewer people every year are covered by private insurance through their employers. More people are covered by Medicaid and Medicare and ultimately taxpayers.
Every president since FDR has tried to solve the problem. The ACA was a poor, quick compromise. The defeated AHCA plan was big on reducing the taxes for the rich and reducing benefits for the poor.
A fair plan is to lower Medicare to birth and everybody pay $100 a month for what benefits seniors get. Additional insurance can be purchased to cover deductibles. It would solve the healthcare problems and fix the budget shortfall on health care.
That will never happen because there’s too much money being made with today’s mish-mash system.
Think that is why the rich live a longer, happier life? Trickledown economics means a trickle for healthcare.
Chuck Johnson, Morris