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Americans Pay More for Healthcare But Less Healthy Than Those in Other Developed Nations


SHOCKING FACTS: Workers pay 47% more for healthcare today than in 2005: Health in America cost $2.4 trillion dollars in 2008, over twice as much per capita as any other country on Earth and yet Americans rank 37th in overall health outcomes according to the World Health Organization. The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) only tweaks around the edges and is wasteful because it expands the role of the private insurers: 30 cents out of every dollar goes to pay for paperwork, marketing and profits for the 1,000 insurance companies in America: The ACA still leaves 23 million Americans uninsured: 62% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical debt: No other developed country has such a badly functioning healthcare system.

Sunset Rotary Club members learned these frightening facts from Dr. Oscar Marcilla of Physicians For A National Health Program PNHP) at a recent club meeting. He is seen here being greeted by membership chair and long time Paramus resident Steve Wolferman. PNHP’s membership consists of 18,000 physicians, healthcare workers and ordinary citizens who’s proposed solution to fixing our broken healthcare system is a Single Payer system based on Medicare. 65% of all U.S. physicians approve of his concept. This would take healthcare out of the market place and put it in the hands of a public agency like the one that runs Medicare so efficiently. Medicare operates with a 3% overhead compared with the 15-30% currently being taken out by the private insurers. This would put patient care first, not insurance companies. Medicare For All is an idea whose time has come. A bill (HR 676) titled ‘United States National Healthcare Act’ or ‘Improved Medicare For All’ has been introduced in Congress by Rep. John Conyers (MI). Under this bill every resident will be covered regardless of income, employment, age, health or marital status. All residents can go to any doctor they choose without worrying about deductibles or premiums, making healthcare free at point of delivery, in the same way as in every other advanced nation. Full details of this bill can be read at www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676  

 

Sunset Rotary Club – Glen Rock, Paramus and Ridgewood, is one of the huge family of Rotary clubs worldwide. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Bonefish Grill, Paramus Park. The Club is one of the most active in the region, hosting distinguished speakers every week, organizing fund raisers and food collections, providing meals and barbecues for those in need; aiding servicemen who have been injured in the recent wars. All of the members give of their time and resources selflessly in the true tradition of Rotary, the oldest philanthropic organization in the world with 1.25 million members in 34,000 clubs in 175 countries. Anyone interested in becoming a member can learn more by contacting President Tom Shea at 201-447-4215 (topoftheday@att.net) or Membership Chair, Steve Wolferman at 201-483-7193 (Stephen_L_wolferman@ml.com).

 

 

Andy Curshen

Sunset Rotary Club-Central Bergen

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