Bruce Griset: Zane’s deception

08/27/2014 4:56 PM

08/27/2014 4:58 PM

Regarding the Aug. 27 column “ Nothing to dig about debt delusions”: J. Peder Zane works hard to deceive the reader. He writes “Don’t get me wrong. I would love to provide comprehensive health coverage – as well as a job, a car, a home and a blazing fast Internet connection – to everyone.” His deception is to equate basic coverage for all Americans as a pie-in-the-sky scheme akin to giving each person a free car.

He provides additional deception by explaining that universal health coverage is impossible due to the cost. He should study a subject before attempting essays.

The current U.S. health care system costs nearly twice as much per person as the next-most expensive industrialized country. We are 55th best in the world in infant mortality. We are 42nd best in life expectancy. The reason for this incredible discrepancy between costs and outcomes could not be simpler: It is because the U.S. is the only major industrialized country without universal health care.

Preventative care costs pennies on the dollar, when compared with treatment at emergency rooms, with costs passed on to everyone.

Zane’s entire column is a deception because the end result of universal health care would be to reduce overall costs.

Bruce Griset

Chapel Hill

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