Who said any­thing about profit?

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

One can imag­ine the fol­low­ing spo­ken from the van­tage point of our dear lead­ers in Washington: “Those greedy in­surance com­pa­nies,” (“In­sur­ers chal­lenge med­i­cal-loss tax lim­its,” ModernHealth­care.com, Aug. 16).

There is no rea­son why the govern­ment should not man­date that 85% of the pre­mium dol­lars go to health­care providers of one sort of an­other, with a max­i­mum of 15% left over for gen­eral, sales and ad­min­is­tra­tive costs and taxes. Profit? Who said they should be al­lowed to make a profit? Taxes? An is­sue that’s be­tween them and their state. Im­pos­si­ble for them to sur­vive, you say? We never said we in­tended that they should sur­vive. That’s why we have sin­gle-payer health­care wait­ing in the wings.

Carey Al­li­son Vice pres­i­dent of health­care de­liv­ery and

chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Health Plus of Louisiana

Shreve­port

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