Albany Democrat Herald, January 21, 2014
by Edie Orner, Albany
What sound and fury! What gnashing of teeth! All because President Obama noticed that the United States is the only industrial nation on this earth which does not provide health care to its citizens — recognizing that a healthy populace contributes to a thriving society.
And what did he try? He tried to put patches on some of the most grievious weaknesses in our broken health care system. Almost no one in our country believes that we have a working health care system. How can they when thousands die daily for lack of health care? Or declare bankruptcy because of health care bills?
Obama tried, but oh, the uproar. The difficulty is that in trying to patch the non-system, things became so complicated that the private companies designing the registration system fumbled the ball.
So what do we do? We simplify! We look to a part of the system which is working — Medicare! Sure it needs to be examined for weaknesses and places to be improved, but by and large it is delivering health care to people who need it. It is a universal, publically funded, privately delivered health care system. Another name for it is single payer.
Let’s just admit our non-system isn’t working. The U.S. gets a ranking of 22 out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency in extending lives as related to dollars spent (according to a recent study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal.) Other studies produce similar findings.
Health Care for All Oregon is building a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals who want our health care system fixed and want it fixed by adopting the system that works — universal, publically funded, privately delivered health care for all.
Inform yourself — check their website — get involved — we can make it happen.