To the editor:
Since WWII we Americans have been trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. I am referring to the health care vs. health insurance dilemma we struggle with. Health care is the round hole; free-market health insurance is the square peg.
Health care is patient driven and includes preventative measures to help people remain healthy and supplies a standard of care when needed. People are treated before small problems accelerate into huge ones that can send them to the emergency room, the most expensive health care “system.” Free-market health insurance, the square peg, is a fee-for-service system that offers various and often very limited services. We all know the loopholes: no pre-existing conditions coverage; very limited availability or affordability; and surprises when you find that this test or that procedure are not covered. Premiums are up to 30 percent higher because doctors are motivated to overly prescribe and test, and need additional staff to deal with insurance companies.…the list of how square this peg is goes on and on.
No wonder we find ourselves at a road block; as the president exclaimed a few days into office, “who knew health care was so complicated?” I suggest that we eliminate “complicated” and slip a round peg into the round hole by switching to a single payer, universal health care system. Throw away the insurance square peg. We could join all other developed democracies in the world. Everyone wins except the insurance companies and the politicians who accept their money.