The deaths of veterans in the Veterans Affairs hospitals are tragic, but they illuminate a larger national tragedy. Research finds 30,000 Americans die prematurely every year because their insurance companies will not pay for care or they are uninsured. The American Cancer Society reports cancer bankrupts over half the American families it strikes. The Affordable Care Act will help reduce these deaths, but the tragedy will probably continue until patients and doctors determine appropriate medical care in a well-regulated insurance and medical system.
The cost of health insurance hobbles our economy more profoundly than in other countries that provide robust public health insurance less expensively and with better outcomes. Their residents can usually select any family doctor or be admitted to any medical facility with little additional cost. Winston Churchill said you can count on Americans to do the right thing after theyve tried everything else. We should prove him wrong and create robust public health insurance for every American.
Keith Ensminger, Merced