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By Bill Semple:
Massachusetts has the most expensive model of paying for health care that the world has to offer. It’s a model that preys on our genuine need for health care insurance to insure the short term profits of large corporations.
If the current House or Senate bills were to pass they would move from covering 84% to 96% of us, while other industrialized countries cover 100%. We spend 17% of our GDP, or 2.5 trillion dollars a year, on health care, while they spend on average 8 to 9% of GDP; this is an excess of about a trillion dollars a year for us; the excess is more than our military budget. We rank behind most industrialized countries in terms of health outcomes. All this is true, in spite of our having some of the best health care in the world. Our current system of paying for health care does not work; the proposed reforms have improvements, but do not go to the root of the problem.