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Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Karen Reisner’s February 17 editorial acknowledged Obama Care is “not yet a work of perfection”.

Kind of like saying the Captain of the Titanic made a “small error of judgment” by steaming at top speed through an area known to be infested with icebergs.

She also repeated the standard liberal mantra that our horrible healthcare system was in “desperate need of an overhaul.” Here are some facts minus the rhetoric compiled by the United Nations World Healthcare Organization in 2012 as quoted from Investors Business Daily.

1) 85 percent of Americans pre Obama Care were covered by some type of private health insurance. Almost all the rest were covered by Medicaid or Medicare.

2) ACA is not about improving “care”, but is all about “insurance”. It does nothing to address one of the main items needed to lower costs: tort reform.

3) Here are the five year cancer survivor statistics:

USA 65 percent

England 46 percent

Canada 42 percent

4) Percent of patients diagnosed with diabetes who receive treatment within 6 months :

USA 90 percent

England 15 percent

Canada 43 percent

5) Percent who are seen within 1 month after being referred to a specialist:

USA 77 percent

England 40 percent

Canada 43 percent

6) Number of MRI scanners per 1 million people:

USA 71

England 14

Canada 18

Liberals can bang the drums all they want condemning our “formerly horrible system;” if we look objectively at the demographics, logistics, and facts, I think we measured up pretty darn well.

Jeff Erding

Wykoff, MN

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