Patricia J. Bush, Ph.D., Pelican Bay
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, defending his intention to overturn Obamacare, said that it would ruin the best health-care system in the world.
Does he live too far up the road to get the paper?
Best health-care system? What does he use to measure best health-care system?
According to United Nations and CIA 2011 data, we are an embarrassing 34th in the world in infant mortality. Slovenia, Cuba and South Korea do better.
We are 50th in life expectancy. We have 35 million to 55 million citizens without health insurance at any one time. Yet, we spend far more on health care than any other country — more than $6,000 per capita in the U.S., about $2,600 per capita in the United Kingdom, and a far greater percentage of our gross domestic product. We are the only developed country in the world that does not provide health-care coverage for all its citizens, whether via a single-payer or insurance system.
Boehner and your fellow Republicans: if you want to overturn the Affordable Care Act, tell us what you would put in place that would give us the best health-care system in the world, because by any logical measures, we sure don't have it now.