Health care isn't simple issue

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

Mr. Dave’s letter citing horror stories of nationalized health care plans in other countries left me very confused. Is he saying that our health care situation is good, or that it’s just not as bad as it could be? Those are two very different stances. I do think it’s an issue well worth discussing – but both sides should be given reasonble credence and consideration.

Now, quite frankly, I, too, am not particularly thrilled with the idea of the government running our national health care. Our current government hasn’t demonstrated that they can run anything without running it into the ground. They can’t even handle a hurricane, much less something as overwhelming as our national health care crisis.

And as for Mr. Dave’s horror stories, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if national health care in other countries has its problems. But does that mean that we would fail with equal measure? Isn’t there any approach that could make this work?

With respect to the glories of capitalist health care, let’s go to the scoreboard. According to the CIA factbook, the United States currently has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world. Additionally, Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand all have lower infant mortality rates than the US, and life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is 45th in the world. Oh, the horror of nationalized health care!

Under the wonderful umbrella of our current health care system, iatrogenic deaths are soaring. I mean, let’s get serious. Having to invent a word - iatrogenic - to describe the all-too-common event of people dying by malpractice is in itself damning evidence that our current health care isn’t quite up to the snuff that some would have you believe.

Considering the fact that one out of every six people in this country don’t even have health care coverage, well, so much for the comforting assurance of capitalist health care.

So what’s the answer? Honestly, I’m not sure. Now, if Hillary does gets elected, she probably will attempt to institute a national health care system. And if she does, I’m sure that many people will be of the opinion that things are no better, if not worse.

But for those who have no health care today, you might get a different opinion.

John Pawlak

Los Alamos