Re “Senate’s healthcare plan makes deep cuts,” June 23
I’m a doctor, and I’m sick and tired. Over the last six years, I have taught a course at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. During one of the modules of the course, the students present different countries’ medical systems and compare them to that of the United States. Every year we stare across the table at each other as the numbers come out. Infant mortality? We lag behind Slovakia. Life expectancy? Every other first-world country (and Slovenia) does better while spending much less on healthcare per capita. So it seems pretty obvious, my students say year after year, that government managed, single-payer healthcare performs better. Yes, I say, but the political will is just not there yet.
This is the first year I hope to have a different answer for my students, even though the federal government appears to be going in the wrong direction on healthcare. I hope Gov. Jerry Brown supports the Healthy California Act and allows California to chart the path to a better healthcare system and become a model for the rest of the nation. Alexander Rivkin, MD, Los Angeles
SENATE MAJORITY Leader Mitch McConnell leaves a GOP healthcare meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill.