Why doing nothing isn’t an option…
As the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today for and against “Obamacare,” here’s one sure thing: We can’t keep pretending health care is not a problem in this country.
This graph shows health care spending as a percentage of our total economy in America.*
No matter which “Party” you favor, no matter how you label yourself, there’s no getting around the facts in that graph.
Any reasonable person will understand that we must do something to contain health care costs. We must at least try.
Our current system is bankrupting not only individual families but our national economy.
It would be one thing if the United States was the healthiest nation on earth, or even if statistics proved we are getting healthier. In fact, it is just the opposite.
Check this out:
Ignore the hyperbole of those headlines. It’s the facts, the data, I want you to understand. The numbers are not exaggerated.
The only part of healthcare America ranks first in is cost: The US spends more on its health care than any other nation. By a lot. And what do we get for the ever-increasing amounts we spend on our health?
We rank 39th in infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th overall for life expectancy. And those trends are getting worse each year, not better.
I’m honestly not sure why health care reform is such an explosive issue, but to pretend we can leave everything as it has been, is asinine.
We’ll hear lots of inflammatory rhetoric about freedom and government intrusion into our lives over the coming months, but do your homework before you blindly join one side or the other. Don’t rely on political ads, which distort and usually lie to get your “lizard brain” to react out of fear.
We have to figure out how to make health care cost less and work better. It’s that simple.