Let pri­vate sec­tor han­dle re­form

Modern Healthcare - - OPINION LETTERS - Dr. Don­ald Saelinger Gas­troen­terol­o­gist Hawaii Pa­cific Health Honolulu

Re­gard­ing “Ryan: Plan is bi­par­ti­san,” I sup­port the Rom­ney/Ryan plan. Obama and his re-elec­tion team have been de­ceiv­ing with re­gard to Medi­care/Med­i­caid and what ACA re­ally means for Amer­i­can health­care con­sumers as well as providers.

The bot­tom line is that the U.S. spends nearly 18% of its gross do­mes­tic prod­uct on health­care, whereas other de­vel­oped coun­tries spend 9% to 11%. More im­por­tantly, Amer­i­cans have health­care that is in­fe­rior to those coun­tries that spend less. More money is not more value. I be­lieve that Obama views ACA and its in­her­ent changes to Medi­care and Med­i­caid as an in­terim step to a true gov­ern­ment-run, na­tional health­care sys­tem.

Tak­ing fraud out of the sys­tem (Obama’s so­lu­tion to the $750 bil­lion) is not go­ing to get the job done. That has been the party line for years and it has yet to be man­aged. I be­lieve that the pri­vate sec­tor, if given the op­por­tu­nity, can man­age the health­care more ef­fi­ciently and we will have a sys­tem that pro­vides more value to Amer­i­can health­care con­sumers.

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