Few losers in re­form

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS COMMENTARY -

The only losers to­day are the com­mer­cial in­surance com­pa­nies and the Re­pub­li­can politi­cians who are paid well to rep­re­sent them.

Health in­surance will be avail­able and af­ford­able. If you choose not to take ad­van­tage of it, you will be taxed to cover your unin­sured costs. There are no crim­i­nal penal­ties.

Peo­ple without in­surance are al­ready us­ing the health­care sys­tem. There is not go­ing to be a huge surge: just a re­duc­tion in bad-debt char­ity for care­givers.

I’ve been in health­care for 33 years. I’ve yet to see a Re­pub­li­can even try to ad­dress the prob­lems the sta­tus quo brings. Go­ing back to sta­tus quo is a fool’s an­swer. The sys­tem is bro­ken and must be re­formed.

Ten per­cent of the Amer­i­can peo­ple are without health in­surance. Th­ese are work­ing peo­ple who don’t qualify or won’t ask for Med­i­caid. Those of us for­tu­nate enough to be liv­ing the Amer­i­can dream should not be­grudge ba­sic needs to those who are less for­tu­nate. Steve Stow­ell-Virtue

Hanover, Ill.

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