Letter to the Editors:
The Commonwealth Fund estimates that the average family insurance will cost $20,000 to $24,000 per year by 2020. This is with or without the recent national health care reform legislation. Is this the financial and health crisis we’re stuck with?
In Colorado we have an option. Senate Bill 11-168 has been introduced by Senator Irene Aguilar, MD. It will engage the consultants to design, at no taxpayer expense, a Cooperative that includes all Colorado residents, to pay for our health care. The Colorado Legislature will refer this design to the voters of Colorado for approval. It’s Colorado’s choice. To learn more: healthcareforallcolorado.org/?p=83
At the upcoming Conference on World Affairs at CU, Paul Hochfeld, MD, who has been one of the Mad As Hell Doctors, will be speaking on several panels – check your programs. He speaks eloquently to how we have a non-system designed around profit, not people. He sees us facing not only a health crisis, but also a fiscal disaster.
Margaret Flowers, MD, a Maryland pediatrician, will be speaking on Sunday, April 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Boulder Unitarian Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania. She has been an active voice for cost effective, universal health care, including getting arrested during Senate Committee hearings that refused to listen to testimony from advocates for a single, publicly accountable system – she spoke up anyway.
Other industrialized countries do not face the over half million medically driven bankruptcies that we do, spend about half what we do on health care, cover everyone, and have better outcomes. We need to understand and act.
Bill Semple, LCSW