I am baffled.

Listening to right-wing authority, Rush Limbaugh, I heard conflicting statements. On the one hand, he insisted that the U.S. was the richest country in the world. On the other, he just as adamantly insisted that the U.S. cannot afford a one-payer, universal health care system.

Are we to believe that Canada, England, Sweden, Germany, and indeed, most industrialized nations in the world, can cover their citizens with universal coverage, and we, the richest of them all, can’t?

One has to almost laugh at the chaotic struggles the U.S. has been going through to appease the numerous health insurance companies (who watch their bottom line) while trying not to disgruntle too many of their supporters (regardless of the party in power), who are among those in the lower-income brackets.

Yes, those other countries have laws regulating health care costs. This is why their costs for health care are about half of ours. It’s why Canada’s meds are much cheaper than ours. We have the most expensive health care in the world. I think it’s time for a change.

Even with their high sales tax, most Canadians I’ve talked to while living in Florida loved their national health insurance. They should – everyone is covered and it’s cheaper than ours.

My question: When will the U.S. finally enact a sane universal health care system? Probably not soon.

— Bob Brunner, DuBois

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