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How should we reform the health care system in the U.S. in which all citizens are stakeholders? The U.S. takes pride in being the best in many ways, but by many measures of health outcome categories, it ranks well below nearly all developed countries. Not only does the U.S. score badly in the quality of healthcare outcomes, it is off the charts for dollars spent for healthcare services.
I think that the government of the people, for the people and by the people should affirm the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We fail to adequately affirm life when our mortality statistics, for youth and adults, exceed those of so many other countries. Our individual liberty is inadequately affirmed when perhaps the majority of Americans sell their souls to a company that is providing healthcare insurance. And how would nearly everyone who has gone bankrupt to get necessary medical diagnostics and treatments assess their ability to pursue happiness?
President Obama has articulated a vision for health care reform that I think includes necessary features. Cost is primary. Without cost containment, the U.S. will need life-support from the global economy and younger generations of Americans will suffer from a downward spiral begun by their elders.
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