Healthcare disaster

12/23/2013 5:13 PM

12/23/2013 5:14 PM

If, as critics vehemently predict, Obamacare will be a disaster, why was it enacted? Answer: The current system is a disaster!

A 2012 report by the 34-nation Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development disclosed that annually we spend $8,333 per capita (17.6 percent of our GDP) for healthcare.

The average expenditure of the 33 other economically developed countries was $3,268 (about 6 percent of their GDP). They provide universal healthcare. The 2010 census disclosed that we have 49.9 million — primarily poor — uninsured!

We spend about 2.5 times more than the other 33 nations on healthcare. Yet, our average life expectancy at birth is lower, and both our rates of infant mortality and other preventable deaths are higher.

A 2008 study found that 101,000 people die each year in the U.S. who would not have if our system were as effective as that of France, Japan or Australia. Obamacare, endorsed by the American Medical Association, was designed to improve those disastrous results, not worsen them.

Whether the Affordable Care Act will be better than our present system cannot be known until it is fully implemented and its expected flaws are corrected.

It deserves a chance.

— John Mitchell, Hurst

I’m hearing that the young folks in this country aren’t so keen on this new healthcare law. It may force them to choose between paying for their iPhones or ACA premiums.

Gee, how awful. They supported Barack Obama almost as a bloc vote — not once, but twice. Every choice has a consequence.

Now is the time for these geniuses to quit whining, hang it up, suck it up, sign up and pay up!

— Gary Conway, Pantego

There aren’t enough Band-Aids in the world to fix Obamacare. As Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy.”

Well, it passed and we’re finding out — train wreck. A total disaster for middle America. Another entitlement program paid for by middle America.

It’s time the Democratic leadership in Congress join the Republicans and do the right thing. Derail this train wreck.

— Bob Taylor, Haltom City

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