From the Editor
by Vicki Leeper
The problem is not that our corporate insurance companies are doing something they shouldn’t. They are simply doing too much of what they were created to do—generate wealth for their owners. And, unlike any other wealthy country, we let them do it. The dilemma of the US health care system is due not to a failure of capitalism or corporatism per se, but a failure to implement a public policy that adequately constrains their excesses.
We must ask ourselves: How is it that we spend more on health care than any other nation, yet end up ranking near the bottom on a variety of health indicators including infant mortality, life expectancy, and preventable mortality? Although Medicare is not perfect, for those with little or no insurance, it would mean not risking bankruptcy should they get sick. Let’s keep moving forward on it!