To The Daily Sun,
While our current health care laws have afforded many the ability to obtain coverage, they appear to be unsustainable and have disadvantaged those who accept extremely high deductibles in order to afford the cost of coverage. Compounding this problem is the insurance companies' policies of forcing payment of the entire deductible before they assist in any way, essentially leaving people without coverage if they are healthy. Barry Dame brought up an excellent point (letter March 30) "A health care tax just like Social Security..."
The ACA has created "health care" as an entitlement. The Supreme Court ruled the ACA to be a "tax" so let's treat it like one. Through payroll taxes, we all pay into Social Security and Medicare. No matter what we do, those of a certain income level and up will be paying for those who receive care they cannot pay for just like we always have. The ACA did not change that concept and no amount of fixing the ACA or passing another bill will fix it. A small payroll deduction designated for Medicaid will fairly place responsibility on all. We also need to pass a law that says Washington cannot tap into any funds collected for a specific purpose.
I agree with Sara Kender, (letter March 30) that our country has a great health care system, but I disagree with those who believe it should be run by the government. Many VA hospitals attest to the fact that an overblown bureaucracy doesn't work all that well. The government actually stepped into heath care in the 1980s when they decided how much physicians would be paid and what they would and wouldn't be paid for, for Medicare patients.
Health insurance companies quickly adopted these rules for themselves increasing their profits. This was my first awareness of the government determining the income of a professional not in the employment of the government. Someone should do this for lawyers.
I understand a few bad apples brought this about, but I think it's unfair to say, "...they make millions off of the sick." Just to clarify, I'm a nurse, not a doctor. My concern is always for the patient, but I do understand all the hidden costs of health care.
We have suffered obstructionists on both sides of the aisle far too long. They know the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines will benefit the people yet they seem beholden to the insurance lobbyists. They know the pharmaceutical companies keep the costs of necessary drugs high and contribute to the country's opioid issue yet they seem beholden to the pharma lobbyists. We need to remind our elected officials we elected them to work for solutions to the nation's problems and not be so concerned about their next re-election.
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