Introduction Our nation’s health care system is no exception to American Exceptionalism. The accomplishments of America’s best and brightest shine through brilliantly in the U.S. health care system, boasting achievements such as a 50 percent decline in coronary heart disease deaths in the last three decades of the 20th century. Even more impressive, the American health care system decreased the infant mortality rate by 90 percent, and the maternal mortality rate by 99 percent, from 1900 to 1999.
Explaining the innumerable successes of this system would probably take a lifetime. Health care also means big business for the American economy. This industry composes one-sixth of our economy today, and it will capture 20 percent of the share in less than a decade.
Almost 12 percent of all private sector employment is attributed to the health care industry.
In the United States, people’s lives – and for many, their livelihood as well – depend on this vital industry. Then why, many Americans are asking, is President Obama dead-set on implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sure to eviscerate the core foundations of our robust and successful health care system? Considering that most Americans oppose Obamacare,
and less than half of moderate and conservative Democrats now support the law,
there exists growing bipartisan agreement that President Obama’s signature legislative achievement has got to go. The President and his allies in Congress, however, continue to play politics to a frightening level to defend Obamacare. Why? Seen as the Left’s only real opportunity to get a single-payer, European-style, health care system in America, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) confirmed that Obamacare’s unworkable structure will indeed devolve into a single- payer system.
That is, the same type of system that British surgeons say risks lives because of Citizens United Foundation Page 1