Adding up the economic toll on the nation caused by the health care crisis, the head of the Catholic Health Association urged the United States to “act in its own best interest and in the interest of its people” to solve the problem.
Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is CHA president and CEO, spoke on “Health Care Reform That Is Worthy of the American People” May 16 at the City Club of Cleveland.
The club’s prestigious Friday Forum has hosted speakers that include U.S. presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, as well as public figures such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, W.E.B. DuBois, Cesar Chavez, William Jennings Bryant, Rosa Parks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many more. The forum airs on a radio network in more than 40 states from Maine to Alaska.
Sister Carol presented what she called “a very ugly picture of what many people in our country are having to cope with.”
With the U.S. spending 16 percent of its gross domestic product on health care and other developed countries spending a median of 8.5 percent, U.S. businesses face “a serious competitive disadvantage,” she said. U.S. firms also pay twice as much for health insurance as their foreign competitors, she added, citing a study by the New America Foundation Program.