OECD 2012 Economic Survey of the United States: The United States Needs to Foster Education and Innovation to Keep Its Cutting Edge

Don McCanne | Physicians for a National Health Program | June 26, 2012

So what does an economic survey of the United States have to do with health care? Simply that we cannot expect to have a superior health care system that serves everyone well if we don't fulfill our citizen obligation to demand greater government oversight and intervention in education, employment, and especially in the intolerable rise in income inequality. Current trends in the United States are not encouraging.

Trying to fix health care alone without addressing our other serious economic deficiencies offers little hope of bringing to all of us a truly high performance  health care system. The Affordable Care Act, by establishing a standard of low actuarial value plans with excessive financial barriers to care will not enable the masses to have the same access to high quality care that the more affluent members of our society experience.

Why are we focusing on austerity when our potential is so great? We should reject political leaders who would foster yet more austerity. We need leaders who understand the importance of education, employment, and more equitable income distribution. That's not only good for our economy, it's good for our health as well...