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December 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Keep political corruption and bankruptcy out of health care

Single-payer system can standardize medical costs

Regarding the costs of health care, Paul Krugman need only repeat the indisputable facts about single-payer systems. Single Payer systems all around the world average 10 percent of GDP while we spend 20 percent of GDP annually in the U.S. on health care [“Obamacare’s secret success,” Opinion, Dec. 1].

Statistics show how only a single-payer system can control costs best into the future. That’s the only reason we’re all talking about health care in the first place.

These facts prove that the Affordable Care Act is nothing but a shameful continuation of the massively corrupt health-care mess in this country. At least 30 of the authors of the ACA are now “consultants,” helping corporations navigate the dizzying law.

In Wendell Potter’s book “Deadly Spin,” we see the system only works for insurance companies and shallow politicians. We can’t blame the doctors and hospitals for over-billing when this corrupt system is the only game in town.

Only with single payer can we standardize medical costs and use a quality of care standard (e.g. the Mayo Clinic). This way we can finally keep political corruption and bankruptcy from getting between us and our health care.

— William McQuaid, Seattle

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