Letter: U.S. ranks low in effective care

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Even though Obamacare became law and was validated by the U.S. Supreme Court, Republicans have been conducting a vigorous campaign to destroy it. Since they have initiated no alternative plan, they must want to return to the profit-driven costly and ineffective system that Obamacare replaces.

The health care system we have is twice as expensive per capita as those operating in other advanced nations. It is also notably ineffective. Supporters of this current system say that we have the best health care system in the world. A more honest and objective assessment comes from United Nations officials. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th in effectiveness of overall health care systems among nations of the world.

Our system, which Obamacare will replace, is characterized by substantial increases annually in premiums and denial of service to people who were seriously ill. These factors helped pay for regular huge increases in salaries and bonuses for company executives.

Phil Harr

Vancouver