Not the an­swer

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

While re­form and wider avail­abil­ity of health­care in­surance is needed, this law isn’t the an­swer (“Fla. judge de­clares re­form law void,” Mod­ern­Health­, Jan. 31). And, as it has been raised nu­mer­ous times, competition will re­duce rates and make in­surance more avail­able if in­surance com­pa­nies— al­ready among the most reg­u­lated—were al­lowed to sell across the en­tire coun­try.

I, for one, am tired of read­ing the pro­pa­ganda about “32 mil­lion Amer­i­cans” who will be af­fected. There have been nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles writ­ten that put the num­ber at closer to 12 mil­lion to 14 mil­lion, once the il­le­gal aliens, peo­ple who can af­ford health in­surance but choose not to pur­chase it, and peo­ple who are be­tween jobs for an av­er­age of seven weeks and will have em­ployer-pro­vided health­care shortly are de­ducted.

While 12 mil­lion to 14 mil­lion still is a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber—and many are treated, with­out charge, by health­care fa­cil­i­ties that are re­quired, by law, to treat them, re­gard­less of their abil­ity to pay—it cer­tainly isn’t as sen­sa­tional as the 32 mil­lion that gets bandied about. Jonathan Arck

SAP Labs Wal­nut Creek, Calif.

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