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October 15, 2013

Do we have the will?

(Continued)

I have been writing on this subject for almost 10 years with my first letter to the editor in 2004. I guess that I am just too naïve. If health care cost for our country is such a dominating subject and approaching 20 percent of GDP. I keep referencing GDP when comparing us to Japan, Germany, France and other developed nations; US 17 percent, Germany 11.3 percent, Japan 9.6 percent, France 11.6 percent, etc., so here is a brief explanation of GDP: Gross domestic product (GDP) is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time. GDP per capita is often considered an indicator of a country’s standard of living.

Let’s just cut to the chase: We need and deserve Universal care with a direct pay system and all the gobbly-gook about exchanges and 50 different insurance plans will not lower the cost to a competitive level in the global arena. The per capita just means per unit of population so when we state U.S. $85,00; Japan, $3,213; Germany, $4,495; France, $4,118; U.K., $3.405; etc. We are just showing how totally out of line we are on cost with life expectancies reportedly lower than all of them.

Our government could solve this problem, but the billions paid to their campaign coffers by the health care industry, insurance industry, Drug producers and others will not allow it. Put everyone on Medicare, Put the ones who defraud the system for a reported $60 billion in jail, wring out the waste with 30 percent administrative cost, publicly finance elections and we can move on to other problems.

Our problem goes deeper than just the runaway cost of health care. Our problem is, do we have the fortitude and character along with our love for our kids and grandkids to start voting them out until we force by election the sea change we must have? You tell me! Do we?

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