Providers need to fo­cus on real af­ford­abil­ity

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

The Democrats pass Oba­macare with ben­e­fits that are un­af­ford­able and driv­ing premi­ums through the roof un­less you qual­ify for Med­i­caid, which by the way is hor­rid (hav­ing prac­ticed for more than 10 years I can at­test).

Some­how I don’t re­call health­care in­sur­ers or mar­kets be­ing “un­sta­ble” be­fore the Dems “fixed it.” And now the Repub­li­cans are “bad guys” who are “play­ing pol­i­tics.”

Providers in gen­eral would in my hon­est opin­ion have more cred­i­bil­ity in the health­care de­bate if their po­si­tions were fo­cused on real af­ford­abil­ity (which of course can in­clude their own fees) and less on pan­der­ing to the left’s de­sire to pre­tend that health­care can or should some­how be free.

Dr. Ed Fotsch

Sausal­ito, Calif.

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