GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

February 25, 2013

Letter: Health care requires cooperative action


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

At the heart of the disagreement between liberals and conservatives is their preference for cooperative versus individual action. Their attitude toward health care is a case in point.

Other developed countries have governmental health care systems covering all their citizens at far less cost. As measured by any metric from infant mortality to longevity, these government sponsored systems provide better outcomes than the private American system, where the possibility of a serious health problem hangs over the heads of us all.

With a system as cost-effective as that in England, we would save over a trillion dollars per year, about the same as the federal entire deficit. Even here in the U.S., Medicare, the government-run system for the elderly, is far more efficient than private health insurance companies.

In spite of the differences in effectiveness and cost, conservatives abhor government involvement in health care.

Romney crowed that his first action as president would be to get rid of Obamacare, which represents only a small step in the direction of all of us helping to take care of those who need help. Those who want to save money don’t have far to look: the skyrocketing cost of health care is plain for all to see.

The refusal of conservatives to recognize opportunities for cooperative action through government results in a heavy burden for us all.

MILT LAUENSTEIN

Gloucester and Exeter, N.H.