EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 6, 2014

Letter: Health care should be top ballot issue

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation in the world. Based on such measures as infant mortality, children’s health, life expectancy and patient satisfaction the U.S. system ranks 37th among all other industrialized nations according to the World Health Organization. A Commonwealth Fund survey found that Americans spend twice as much as residents of other industrialized countries with the poorest results in terms of quality, efficiency and equity.

If all the people who criticize the Affordable Care Act would pair their remarks with suggestions for improving the law, or put an alternative plan on the table for discussion, we could, together, use American ingenuity and resourcefulness to provide affordable health care for all our citizens and at the same time free our economy from this destructive burden.

Alas, effective governing is impossible in our current dysfunctional political culture. We, the voters, have some serious thinking to do before the next election if we want to make our democracy work again. And the question we must ponder is: “Is the person I vote for willing and able to work with his or her colleagues to give us the universal, affordable and high quality health care we need?” It’s up to us to ensure this cure.

Cynthia Muse