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‘Shared responsibility’ health care could be a good option

The U.S. has now the worst health care system among all the industrialized nations. Most of these nations have implemented a mandatory universal health care system called “shared responsibility health care” at half the cost of the U.S. system. If these nations can do it, why can’t we?

In the U.S. our beloved politicians prefer to observe the status quo, gleefully accept bribes from insurance companies. They benefit from a very good health care Insurance plan paid for by the taxpayers and therefore our disastrous, scandalous health care system will not change, unless our election system is strictly public financing, and the “campaign contributions” from special interests are banned.

Shared responsibility health care at a glance:

• Both workers and their employers are subject to mandatory payroll deductions.

• Government chips in for any shortfalls for poorer individuals, depending on income level or employment status.

• Contributions are deposited into private insurance funds that are nonprofit and government regulated.

• Additional private insurance can be purchased for premium services, such as a private room in the hospital.

• The insurance funds negotiate strict cost controls with the government and representatives from professional associations of doctors and health care professionals.

Jean Jacques Legras

Cedar Ridge

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