Re­turn to pri­vate-sec­tor in­sur­ance

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - CRAIG AN­DER­SON Salt Lake City

Oba­macare, Ryan­care, McCon­nell­care, etc., are all dis­as­ters for the qual­ity and ex­pense of med­i­cal care in Amer­ica. The so­lu­tion is re­turn­ing 80 per­cent of Amer­i­cans to pri­vate­sec­tor in­sur­ance in a na­tion­wide mar­ket­place. As in­sur­ance com­pa­nies com­pete for cus­tomers, we will see the choices mul­ti­ply. Fed­eral man­dates will be elim­i­nated and the states will be en­cour­aged to elim­i­nate man­dates as well.

In the mar­ket­place, in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, small busi­nesses and cor­po­ra­tions will find what they want at a price they can af­ford.

The fed­eral govern­ment’s role is to en­sure that com­pe­ti­tion is free and open, and to pre­vent price fix­ing. Vet­er­ans’ hos­pi­tals can be converted into a sys­tem of fed­eral-govern­ment hos­pi­tals for Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents and those who don’t want in­sur­ance be­cause of pre­ex­ist­ing-con­di­tion re­quire­ments.

Vet­er­ans can be of­fered vouch­ers to pur­chase in­sur­ance. The Medi­care-in­sured can con­tinue re­ceiv­ing care as they do now; they, too, can be of­fered voucher op­tions. Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents can also be of­fered vouch­ers, or they may re­ceive care in the fed­eral-hospi­tal sys­tem.

All spe­cial priv­i­leges for govern­ment em­ploy­ees should be elim­i­nated. Il­le­gals can re­ceive care on an emer­gency ba­sis, mainly at fed­eral- govern­ment hos­pi­tals.

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