Letter: Obamacare could give us one of the world’s best systems
Our health care system is not the best in the world. We have high infant mortality and many other problems. It is the most expensive and least cost-effective system. And tens of millions have no health insurance or good health care.
Private insurance has not solved the problems. It is a business, and if you want to make a profit, you need to deny care to many, one way or another. It does provide health care that works well for most people. If we are not in that group, we are in trouble.
But we have improved the health care system: Medicare improved it for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor and disabled, and CHIPS (Children’s Health Insurance Program) for children without insurance. Everyone but the ignorant and uncaring accept these programs as effective, efficient government programs. The Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid helps the rest of the uninsured, those who lost jobs or cannot afford insurance, have pre-existing conditions or are denied insurance because they are too ill. It could give us one of the best health care systems in the world. If we destroy it and replace it with nothing, we are either foolish or don’t care about others. If we hate President Obama, that’s fine. But to cut off our nose to spite our face and then bleed to death makes no sense. None at all.
Dr. GARTH ORSMOND