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Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013 5:30 pm

The debacle that the debut of ObamaCare has been on the Internet, healthcare.gov, has placed added focus on our health care system. Things are being said and written that are misleading and some are downright erroneous and indicate a total lack of understanding of health care in this country.

For instance, in the Dec. 2 issue of The New Yorker magazine in “The Talk of the Town” commentary, the author Amy Davidson was both defending the need for ObamaCare and at the same time critical of President Obama and the failure to implement it on the Internet.

Where the author showed a total lack of understanding of the issue was in these words: “The problems with the rollout are alternately madding and tragic. America’s health-care system has long been profoundly broken. It has shortened lives, distorted the economy, left families bankrupt after illnesses.”

She obviously, or profoundly, has little or no knowledge of what has been going on in health care in the United States. In total, we have the best health care system in the world. Is it perfect? No. But our advances in medical treatment have lengthened lives, provided billions of dollars in charity care over the years, made care available to more people, and provided education on how to lead more healthy lives, among other things. The writer made no mention of any of this.

To say lives have been shortened with our present system is to ignore the progress that has been made in medical treatments. We all know people who have lived longer because of our health care and the progress that has been made in medical science. We have highly skilled doctors, nurses and others on the medical treatment teams that deliver the latest procedures in care. They have the best equipment and medicines. Our facilities are the best. Overall our system saves lives. To say broadly that the system has shortened lives is — to put it bluntly, stupid.

The writer’s focus is distorted!

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