If he said it once he said it a million times. Obama claimed the US health care system is broken.
Stepping up his push to enact legislation to reform the nation’s health-care system, President Obama today declared, “The status quo is broken,” and he warned that the current system could eventually collapse if nothing is done to control spiraling costs.
With Congress poised to debate sweeping health-care legislation in the coming weeks, Obama warned that if “we do nothing, everyone’s health care will be put in jeopardy.”
Speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said that the fast-rising cost of health care is placing an unsustainable burden on personal budgets, small businesses and the federal government.
“Within a decade we’ll spend one dollar out of every five we earn on health care — and we’ll keep getting less for our money,” he said. “That’s why fixing what’s wrong with our health care system is no longer a luxury we hope to achieve; it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer.”
Obama said that health-care reform can address rising costs by reining in profiteering by health insurers and providers, stoking competition in the industry, and creating a mechanism for building on the models of efficient care that exist around the country.
Let’s remind our liberal colleagues what Barack Obama is bent on destroying. Let’s remind them what a “broken” system has accomplished:
•American women have a 63 percent chance of living at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, compared to 56 percent for European women. [See Figure I.] U.S. Cancer Care Is Number One. fig1
•American men have a five-year survival rate of 66 percent — compared to only 47 percent for European men.
•Among European countries, only Sweden has an overall survival rate for men of more than 60 percent.
•For women, only three European countries (Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland) have an overall survival rate of more than 60 percent.
•Of cancers that affect primarily men, the survival rate among Americans for bladder cancer is 15 percentage points higher than the European average; for prostate cancer, it is 28 percentage points higher. 2
•Of cancers that affect women only, the survival rate among Americans for uterine cancer is about 5 percentage points higher than the European average; for breast cancer, it is 14 percentage points higher.
•The United States has survival rates of 90 percent or higher for five cancers (skin melanoma, breast, prostate, thyroid and testicular), but there is only one cancer for which the European survival rate reaches 90 percent (testicular).
Canada is better? Not
•For women, the average survival rate for all cancers is 61 percent in the United States, compared to 58 percent in Canada.
•For men, the average survival rate for all cancers is 57 percent in the United States, compared to 53 percent in Canada.
•In the United States, 85 percent of women aged 25 to 64 years have regular PAP smears, compared with 58 percent in Great Britain.
•The same is true for mammograms; in the United States, 84 percent of women aged 50 to 64 years get them regularly — a higher percentage than in Australia, Canada or New Zealand, and far higher than the 63 percent of British women.
Access to the best and newest drugs?
•Cancer patients have the most access to 67 new drugs in France, the United States, Switzerland and Austria.
•Erlotinib, a new lung cancer therapy, was 10 times more likely to be prescribed for a patient in the United States than in Europe.
Health care itself is not the problem. Health care costs are what they because people are using the system, demanding care and demanding the best care and the system is providing it. The problem is and was always entitlements.
The United States has the best health care system on the face of the Earth. This is what “profiteering providers” have created. This is what Barack Obama is destroying.
But he’ll always have the best.
When your child is lying on that gurney heading to the OR for a life saving procedure, do you argue about how much the surgeon is making?