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Letter to the editor: Public option is needed for health care reform

Published 08/29/2009, The Jamestown Sun

My wife and I appreciated Charles Linderman’s letter. Only a person who has his/her head in the proverbial sand would say this country has the best health care system in the world while not mentioning it is also the most expensive — 50 percent more than the next most costly country. One example: our infant mortality rates rank us 29th while, on the other end of life, citizens of many other countries live longer. On the cost side: since 1999, employment-based health insurance premiums have increased 120 percent, out-of-pocket medical costs 115 percent, inflation “only” 44 percent and wages 29 percent.

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