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Health care problems

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:07 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Health care in this country is a mess, to quote Popular Science.

We pay about twice what other developed countries pay for a person’s health care. Of the nine countries classified as advanced economies in the G-20, the U.S. ranks dead last in life expectancy by the World Health Organization by having the shortest life expectancy of those nine countries.

On top of that, last year’s release of national Medicare data revealed startling information. The difference between the initial bill a hospital charges an uninsured patient for a procedure and what a hospital receives for a Medicare patient receiving that same procedure can be anywhere from five times to double, depending on the state.

It is no wonder that medical expense is the No. 1 cause for personal bankruptcy in this country.

The Affordable Care Act is designed to do something about this gap. The Republican Party seems to want to protect those profit margins on the uninsured because they have voted 47 times to kill ObamaCare in the U.S. House of Representatives.

They seem to have taken the Ebenezer Scrooge position held before his visit from the ghosts of Christmas, “Let them die and decrease the surplus population.”

Louis Rabe

Crystal Lake

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