Guest Editorial - Health Care (8/21/06)
My name is Denise Puthuff. I have been a physician since 1987.
Over the years, I have observed that America's health care system is broken. Many people, employed and unemployed, are uninsured or underinsured. This drastically affects access to needed care.
Many employers cannot afford to provide health insurance for their employees. More money is spent on health care in the U.S. than in any other industrialized nation, yet 18,000 of our people died last year because of lack of health insurance. Many companies are being heavily impacted by the cost of insuring their employees, and are shifting costs to those employees and customers.
This is having an adverse effect on our citizens and on our economy.
I am convinced that a publicly funded, privately delivered national health insurance program would be the most logical and moral solution to our current crisis. Under House Resolution 676, everyone living in the United States would be covered by expanding and improving the existing Medicare program. Patients and employers would actually be paying less than they are now.
Health care should be a right and not a privilege.
I'm Denise Puthuff, and that's my...Point of View.