Letter to the editor: Government-run programs efficient

Your recent editorial headlined “Conse-quences of health care unfolding” is a continuing dog and pony show to maintain the status quo for the moneyed interests. This is the same ideology of no controls on business and free market knows best — hello financial crisis and oil spill.

A short summary of what the “revered” plan did:

Over 40 million uninsured, 30,000 plus dying per year because of no insurance, caps on medical expenses, denying paying of bills on technicalities, not insuring pre-existing conditions, specifying what doctor or hospitals you may go to.

My lord, that’s rationing by some bureaucrat.

Approximately 60 percent of our bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

We spend more on health care than anyone and the World Health Organization ranks our system 37th overall.

The editorial demonized Medicaid, Medicare and the Veterans Affairs. All of those organizations are more efficiently run with lower administrative costs than the for-profit system.

The VA is considered a model of health care effectiveness. A source for facts on fraud, waste, unnecessary or erroneous treatment (which Medicaid, Medicare and the VA are accused of) in the private sector is “Money Driven Medicine” by Maggie Mahar. For a clear, short comparison of health care systems, try “The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid. Neither is political.