Your Tuesday editorial (“Congress set to create Frankenstein monster, not health care reform,” July 7) underestimates the momentous challenges facing our health care system. More than 46 million Americans have no health insurance. And, of the working adults who have coverage, more than 42 percent are underinsured — meaning that their out-of-pocket health care expenses are 10 percent or more of their income. American businesses — particularly automakers — struggle to compete with foreign companies due to the high cost of health care. Our nation spends more on health care than any other industrialized country, yet we rank 37th in the world for quality of care.
The Center for Responsive Politics found that the pharmaceutical industry spends $1.4 million a day lobbying against health reform— because it suits the industry’s business and financial interests. Conversely, members of Congress are working hard to do what’s best for the health of every American.
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