(Tom Toles/The Washington Post)

Kudos to Tom Toles for depicting in his April 23 editorial cartoon the plight of U.S. health care as terminal unless we adopt the sensible, cost-effective single-payer system, as have many other developed countries. Dollars saved by reducing the enormous overhead would more than likely cover the added expense to the budget. That plus addressing malpractice, the drug-price markup and the dwindling supply of primary-care physicians could make us No. 1 in the world for health care. I’m not holding my breath.

George Smith, Frederick