By Bill Adams
Universal health care in the U.S. is inevitable. It’s inevitable as long as this country remains among the league of economically developed countries. This inevitability stems from the answer to the fundamental moral question: Do all persons, regardless of wealth, deserve medical treatment? This question is essentially a rhetorical question.
The only acceptable answer in a modern civilized country is “yes.” Yet, the barbaric U.S. health care system tolerates the death of thousands of people per year attributable to lack of health coverage. Even after the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” aka “ObamaCare”) in 2010, millions remain uninsured or under-insured leading to fatal delay or avoidance in obtaining treatment for treatable and curable illnesses.
The U.S. lags all countries that provide universal health care in every major measurement of health and curing illnesses. Ironically, the U.S. consumer who can afford health insurance receives no benefit for this bloodletting. U.S. health care is the World’s most costly but provides only average medical results – even for those who can afford it. [Read more…]