To the Editor:
The U.S. has been late to the party with regard to social issues.
Slavery abolition occurred in England in 1833, while emancipation came to the U.S. during the Civil War in the 1860s.
When Social Security was introduced here in 1935, there already were 20 countries with contributory programs to study and to cherry-pick the best practices for the U.S.
Currently, the U.S. is the only wealthy industrialized nation without universal health care. A measure of the quality of a health care system is a comparison of the longevity of its citizens.
The U.S. lies between Costa Rica and Cuba on the list ranking the world’s countries. That is not a superpower neighborhood. For that rank, we pay 40 percent more in terms of Gross Domestic Product than the next closest nation. Our health care clearly is overly expensive as evidenced by the fact that medical expenses are the reason for 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies and 75 percent of those bankrupt families had medical insurance, according to 2007 data.
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, has reduced that bankruptcy number by 50 percent since 2010.
I believe health care should be the social issue of our time, but our political leaders are ignoring the facts and want to reset the clock back 10 years.