Why does America’s healthcare lack a governing authority?

Jeff Stoffer, Media and Communications Director for the American Legion, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the December issue of the American Legion Magazine.

This issue looks at why the American healthcare system remains scattered and decentralized. Unlike many European countries that have a governing authority on healthcare, the American system has a variety of acting bodies and administrations, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Decisions on public health can vary widely, even across local communities or adjacent states. This problem only became more obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stoffer said.

Besides healthcare topics, the issue commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Dec. 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor.

It features a first hand account of the attack, as told by an American Legion officer who was in Honolulu during the attack. Taken from a diary submitted to the American Legion in 1942, the article details rescue acts by the American Legion to put out fires and save civilians following the devastating attack.

The December issue also features an article on the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University, which helps veterans with traumatic injuries transition to civilian careers.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more about the upcoming December issue of the American Legion Magazine:


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