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Ron Holzwarth 2 months ago

My opinion is that it's all being thought of backwards. Instead of trying to insure everyone's very high health costs by trying to buy health insurance for all, there should be more thought about WHY health costs are so high here in the United States. That topic does not seem to be addressed at all. And of course, WHY does the health care that the citizens of the United States receive rank so low compared to so many other countries?

Clipped from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2225rank.html

"This entry provides the total expenditure on health as a percentage of GDP. Health expenditures are broadly defined as activities performed either by institutions or individuals through the application of medical, paramedical, and/or nursing knowledge and technology, the primary purpose of which is to promote, restore, or maintain health."

Number 3! United States (17.90% of GDP) (2011)
Out of 190 countries listed.
Only Liberia and Sierra Leone have higher health care costs!

And what do we get for our money?

Clipped from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html

"This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country."

Number 174 United States 5.90 (2013 est.)
Note: This ranking might appear to be in reverse order than the above citation. This ranking is from highest infant death rates to lowest. There are 224 countries and territories listed.

That means that in a general way, the level of health care in the United States ranks:
Number 50!

Although the health care expenditure of the citizens of the United States ranks number 3, the level of health care received at such a high cost ranks number 50! Of course, that is true in only a very general way.

What bothers me is that with about 200 different health care models to examine and then select the best features from, something totally new has to be thought up. It's the NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome, for sure!

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Richard Heckler 2 months ago

None of this letter is backed with substantiation…….. none. It is almost a lie in fact.

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Beator 2 months ago

If ACA is so good, why the dozens of delays with the law? Is Obama teasing us and saving the best for last?

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Lynn Mockry 2 months ago

There you go again...

"In fact, the CBO report says in the short term (2014 to 2016) the law will increase employment while the economy is still weak." FactCheck, http://www.factcheck.org/2014/02/the-aca-losing-job-vs-choosing-not-to-work/

Or if you want an easier to understand rebuttal, try Steve Colbert http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/432873/february-05-2014/obamacare-jobs-debate. The Comedy Central is a better source of real news than Fox. ;-)

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Julius Nolan 2 months ago

Might try getting your information and analysis from some other sources than Fox News and columnists such as Charles Krauthammer.

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