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U.S. health care system makes us uncompetitive

Job MarketRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.World War II (1939-1945)

It certainly is a hardship for American employers to provide health insurance to their employees. But what Columnist Robert Ehrlich ("A death-knell for employer-funded insurance," April 1) seems not to realize is that the cost of insurance makes American products far less competitive on the world market because most employers in technologically advanced countries do not have to bear this burden. Health care is provided by governments, not by employers.

If there were a single-payer health care system in the United States, American producers would be able to sell many more of their products. Employer-based health care was meant to be a temporary expedient during World War II, not the basis for providing care for a whole nation.

Paul Marx, Towson

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