Letter: Who will speak for the uninsured Americans?
To the editor,
The United States is the richest country in the world, boasts the largest and most advanced health care system and spends twice as much per capita on health care services as other developed nations. Despite our wealth and investment in health care, the United States is the only developed country that does not provide universal health insurance, guaranteeing that everyone has the ability to receive necessary health care. The consequences are devastating and lost in the national debate over the merits and foibles of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Internationally, the US ranks only 31st in life expectancy and 37th in infant mortality. An estimated 22,000 Americans die each year due to the inability to pay for common medical services available to those with health insurance.
Nearly twice as many people under the age of 75 die from curable disease in the U.S. compared to France, Japan and Spain. Medical expenses are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in America, an unheard of event in other developed countries.
The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction to meet our nation’s moral obligation to assure that all Americans can receive necessary health care services. We need to support the Affordable Care Act, work cooperatively to amend the legislation as necessary and demand that our government effectively and efficiently implement its programs for the benefit of 50 million Americans without health insurance.