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December 8, 2013

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Second, the 2000 report of the World Health Organization (the only worldwide one ever done) rated the U.S. No. 1 in cost but 37th in delivery. So, yes, we are No. 1.

Third, in an Aug. 2013 report, a Bloomberg study ranked the U.S. 46th of 48 nations in medical efficiency but No. 1 in per capita GDP costs.

Fourth, last month the non-partisan Commonwealth Fund published the results of a survey of 11 industrialized countries. Their findings show just how bad the status quo of our health care system is. The United States has the most complicated, most expensive and most frustrating health care system in the industrialized world. And none of it due to the ACA, most of which took effect after the survey.

Before the ACA, we had medical insurance cost inflation two- and three-times higher than the inflation rate, millions of people were thrown off their insurance policies at the whim of insurance companies. More than 30 percent of all medical dollars went to administrative costs, not medical care, the ACA ends that.

The Republican solution? Endless complaints about the ACA and tireless efforts to sabotage it. What have the Republicans offered in place of the ACA? The good old days -- an incorrect diagnosis and a worse treatment plan.

Michael Frandzel

Portsmouth

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