Letter: Privatized health care is flawed
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
At the Silver Tsunami candidates' forum on Oct. 2, a large number of the candidates present (both Republican and Democrat) vocally supported the Affordable Care Act.
One candidate defended the voucher system as a change to Medicare, clearly indicating a lack of knowledge of the systems, and therefore, the actual issue itself.
Blaming the Affordable Care Act for the increase in health insurance costs is like blaming Obama for the recession — both conditions were caused well in advance of the ACA and the election of Obama. The continued support of privatization of the health care system is exactly like giving the job of guarding the chicken coop to the fox. The medical profession itself has made it clear that the extreme cost of insurance is a major factor in the total cost of U.S. medical care — the perceived (total) cost, not the cost of the actual care itself.
When will politicians commit themselves to real research and look at the cost of excellent (and sometimes better) medical care that is available in other countries, and at much lower expense? That should clearly be seen as a red-flag indicator that something is wrong with allowing private financial interests to get their fingers into our health care.
—Lou Marteeny, Vancouver