Universal health care would drive down costs, truly make America great again

Published 2:13 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dear Editor,

Roughly 18 percent of our Gross National Product is spent on health care. Yet we rank 37th in the world according to the World Health Organization. These statistics are not politically motivated. But they are a true reflection of how we rank in the world.

After six to seven years of hearing “repeal and replace Obamacare,” the only thing offered was a last-minute replacement plant. You would think that after six or seven years, they would have had a comprehensive health care plan. Or at the least, they could have contributed to improve Obamacare.

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It makes me wonder why they did not improve Obamacare or have a replacement plan ready.

I have always supported a national universal health care plan because I have millions of reasons for it. They are called the uninsured, underinsured, the old on fixed incomes who watch their supplemental insurance increase every year. Then there is that 18 percent of our GNP that could be reduced by 5-8 percent with the added benefit of all Americans being insured, even with catastrophic health problems.

If you think it can’t be done, perhaps you need to look at the French health care system, which actually placed number one in the World Health Organization rankings. I believe this would be a win-win for both the American people and the American economy. This is how you start to “Make America great again.”

Silvester Muller