To the editor:

I don’t know if anyone can come close to Trump’s worthless nonsense, but give Maynard Thomson credit for trying. The moment I saw that the Nov. 27 editorial was by Maynard, I knew we were in for a lot of gobbledygook, gibberish, hogwash, and tommyrot and the usual bad-mannered personal attack.

For health care, the U.S. ranks 19th among developed countries. We had the highest mortality amenable to health care, meaning more Americans die from poor care quality, and yet we spend more on health care than the other developed countries. In other words we spend more and get less. Longevity is decreasing rapidly. We are last in access, last in care process, last in administrative efficiency, and last in health-care outcome, despite having the highest per-capita earnings for the industry.

In other words, Americans pay more, 17.1 percent of our Gross Domestic Product, on health-care expenditures, and obtain less. Poor access to primary care in America contributed to inadequate disease prevention and delayed diagnoses.

We are listed among the five worst developed countries for health care.

N.H. Rep. Jerry Knirk (D-Freedom) is doing what any dedicated, conscientious representative should do. He is looking for a solution to a problem; in this case a major problem. His proposal supports a plan proposed by others, Medicare for All.

It may not be the answer; I for one am skeptical, but it deserves a respectful examination. In any case, most of the countries ahead of us in ranking have some sort of universal coverage, which includes Switzerland, France and Singapore.

Maynard has every right to criticize Rep. Knirk’s proposal, but if he is going to do so, he should be respectful and point to alternative solutions or say he likes the way things are and why. Unfortunately, Maynard and his ilk are only destructive, never constructive.

William C. Murray


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