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Letter to the Editor: Affordable Health Care for All

As a health care provider, I have long been interested in good, quality health care for Americans that is provided efficiently and affordably.  I’ve also dealt with family members receiving expensive medical treatments, and I’ve seen how far we are falling from that goal.

With our current system, there is no free market. Your employer chooses your insurance. The insurance companies limit which providers you can see. And, nonmedical people at the insurance companies contradict your doctor’s orders. This applies if you are lucky enough to work for a large employer that offers health insurance. Choices are even fewer if you have to search out insurance for yourself.

Deductibles, co-pays and monthly premiums are expensive, as we all know. Nobody should get sick because they can’t afford to pay for health care.

So, what is a better system? The people who have Medicare are not limited to certain providers. If everyone had the same system, free market forces could drive the best care at the best price. Those choices would drive improvements in health care.

A huge number of resources are squandered in dealing with many different insurance plans with different rates of coverage at each health care institution. Medicare for All would save a lot of money, and create efficiency in health care.

The answer is not legislation that takes away healthcare from the most vulnerable. I was very disappointed when Representative Mike Gallagher voted in favor of the AHCA [American Health Care Act]. Now that a similar bill is in front of the Senate, Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin may vote for a bill that will cut Medicaid severely. This hurts children living in poverty, the disabled, and elderly who rely on Medicaid.

Every American should be able to get health care. The experts in this area – including the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and religious leaders committed to protecting the vulnerable – are united against these bills. Let’s contact our representatives to ask them to move us in the right direction.

 

Jennifer Gaddes

Sister Bay, Wis.

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