Every day I see notices for pancake feeds, spaghetti feeds, rummage sales, and outright pleas for cash to raise money for someone's astronomical medical bills. The increasing frequency of these modest attempts just underscores how broken is our medical care in the U.S.
Medical spending is now17.3 percent of our nation's GDP. General practitioners can't make the same kind of fortune as specialty doctors, so it's harder and harder to find medical care except in acute situations, and because of its cost, many people wait until little problems become huge.
Our federal government (CIA world fact book) ranks the U.S. 50th in life expectancy at birth, and our infant mortality rate is shameful. More than one-third of Americans are obese. Our health care system is broken in so many ways. How I wish Congress would work together to address the problems, instead of fighting each other.
Madeleine Brown, Richland