In considering American health care a few things must always remain in our minds. Among these are:
- We have universal health treatment for 100% of our citizens and visitors. This is obviously inequitable and limited. But, we don’t let people die on the streets. This policy is mandated upon hospitals.
_ Seniors have universal health insurance.
- States, through the Medicaid program cover health care for the indigents and low income, generally.
- Of the 49 million without insurance it is estimated that a high percentage, maybe exceeding 25% choose not to purchase health insurance, even though they can afford too.
- The overall cost of health care is unsustainable. It will place the country in financial ruin. Doing nothing is really not an option.
We will be able to easily identify progress on health care! It will be when the politicians start making more proposals on costs reductions and less on coverage. This Congress might not be able to accomplish this fundamental need. We will see.