My husband and I, former Bluffton residents, are dealing with a major illness, so we place great importance on the availability of good health care. The fact that the North England Journal of Medicine ranked America's health care system 37th in the world concerns us. Those that insist that we have the best health care in the world simply are not supporting their opinion with facts or have lived charmed lives and have never seen the real results of how we treat our sick and poor.
Neither South Carolina nor Kentucky, where we now live, are high in their ranking among the states for good health care. Both are in the bottom 10 out of 50 states.
It seems to us that a country with our huge resources should be making a real effort to change what clearly is not working to a system that will increase the availability and effectiveness of health care for citizens. The Affordable Care Act has begun to address these issues.
The two states where we've lived lately reacted to Obamacare differently. South Carolina refused to set up its own state exchange and also refused to accept federal assistance for Medicaid recipients. Kentucky set up a successful state health care exchange system and is helping its people who depend on Medicaid by sharing the cost and resources with the federal government.
The results are that South Carolina increased its health care coverage of its people by less than 2 percent in 2014 while Kentucky did by 8 percent, second highest in the nation, according to The Wall Street Journal. Kentucky residents now have a much greater possibility of treatment and/or prevention of an illness than South Carolinians do. Which state government do you think "cares" for its people more?