I am retired from Sacramento County and have health insurance through a group plan from there.

To the editor:

I am retired from Sacramento County and have health insurance through a group plan from there.

I am 81, with Medicare and my wife is 59, without Medicare and is disabled.

In 2009, our health plan premium was $1021.68 per month. In 2010, this premium is $1799.20 (a 76 percent increase). The premium for 2011 will be $2033.96 per month. In two years the premium increase is about 100 percent (doubled).

Adding to other medical expenses, such as deductibles, doctors visits, drugs, etc., our medical costs for 2011 will be well more than $30,000 per year. That is providing the miscellaneous expenses remain constant. We are grateful to have health insurance, but financially we are losing the ability to afford it.

Question, why do people in other developed nations have less expensive health care, are healthier, live longer, etc.?