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Why we need health care reform

Richard Westmoreland August 22nd, 2012

Here we go again with the health care debate. As we listen to prominent Republicans continue to say, “We have the best health care delivery system in the world,” it may be worth remembering why we got reform in the first place.

There were more than 30 million Americans without health insurance of any kind.

We spend more per capita on health care than any country on earth.

The World Health Organization ranked the U.S. 37th in access/affordability/quality of health care among the nations of the world.

We spend 25 percent more per capita than the country ranked No. 1.

Health care bills are the No. 1 reason for personal bankruptcy in this country.

Many of the less than informed in this country continue to point out that those without insurance can go to the emergency room. If you have no insurance and get cancer, you are going to die from cancer. The emergency room doesn’t do chemo. The emergency room wont help you if you have a chronic heart condition. There are a hundred such possibilities.

If you have no insurance and have a child born with a serious illness, the nightmare in store won’t be limited to the illness itself.

Health care in this country is a moral issue. We should all be ashamed that half of our citizens have a “screw you, I got mine” mentality.

We should be ashamed that money and special interest influence has a greater impact on law making than taking care of human beings who are unable to take care of themselves. What is wrong with us?

—Richard Westmoreland. Edmond

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