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Posted on June 28, 2010

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OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RANKS LAST AMONG NATIONS

Because of misinformation most Missourians are unhappy with federal health care reform; however, a recent survey shows we need it.

Our current health care system performs poorly. The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that focuses on better health care outcomes, analyzed data from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

America ranked last overall and at least at or near the bottom in every category considered. Specifically, the United States underperformed in quality of care, access to needed services, efficiency, equity, and length and quality of citizens’ lives.

We pay $7,290 a person annually on health care. The six other nations spent less than $4,000 a person annually on health care. Our health care system needs to be less expensive.

Federal health care reform will make medical insurance available to all Americans regardless of income or health status.

Republicans need to stop their windy talk and stop promoting Proposition C Missouri Constitutional amendment. They need to stop talking about repealing¬† federal health care reform which comes under the U.S. Constitution’s federal regulation of commerce and is in fact a tax.

Republicans and Democrats need to work together to make more improvements to our health care system.

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