Ross Douthat’s syndicated column, “Leaving work behind” [Opinion, Feb. 11], juxtaposes liberal and conservative solutions to the tendency of low paid workers to leave the workforce. One other solution should be considered: amendments to the wage and hour laws. If, over the course of a number of years, the 40 workweek were reduced to…More
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Provides treatment for those with pre-existing conditions
Andrew Reding might be among the small minority who have to pay higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act [“I can’t keep my health plan,” Opinion, Dec. 6].
However, he fails to recognize he is actually getting more. Not only can he no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, it cannot be rescinded if he utilizes it. Should he suffer from a catastrophic illness or injury, there is no longer a limit on what his insurance will pay. Of bankruptcies filed in 2007, over 60 percent were due to medical expenses — 75 percent of those individuals had health insurance.
This doesn’t happen in other developed nations. They provide universal health care at a lower per-capita cost than the U.S. system, and have better outcomes. They don’t utilize for-profit insurance companies, and because all are covered, treatment is sought at earlier stages.
Single-payer system can standardize medical costs
Regarding the costs of health care, Paul Krugman need only repeat the indisputable facts about single-payer systems. Single Payer systems all around the world average 10 percent of GDP while we spend 20 percent of GDP annually in the U.S. on health care [“Obamacare’s secret success,” Opinion, Dec. 1].
Statistics show how only a single-payer system can control costs best into the future. That’s the only reason we’re all talking about health care in the first place.
These facts prove that the Affordable Care Act is nothing but a shameful continuation of the massively corrupt health-care mess in this country. At least 30 of the authors of the ACA are now “consultants,” helping corporations navigate the dizzying law.
Obamacare justification should not be political
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made a valiant attempt to justify the seriously flawed Affordable Care Act in his column [“Your health plan and Obamacare,” Opinion, Nov. 13].
Sticking entirely to his party line, he listed the reasons why we all should embrace Obamacare. However, commissioner, the dilemma of policy cancellations to the middle class is not about politics. It is seriously affecting nearly 300,000 residents in the state of Washington.More
Employers won’t be able to cope Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler understates not only the impact on those who are losing their health plans under Obamacare, but also the number of people affected [“Your health plan and Obamacare,” Opinion, Nov. 13]. Kreidler states health plans have often canceled coverage. No, they discontinued plans for new sale and his…More
Take the “Obama” out of Obamacare We need to take Obama out of Obamacare. The new health-care initiative is actually called the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By placing President Obama’s name in the health-care program we personalize the new system to one person. And that connection to one person, who is being vilified by the tea…More
What is the alternative? For those who believe that defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) justifies the shutdown of the federal government and/or America’s default on its financial obligations by not raising the debt ceiling, please do one thing. [“Obamacare foe presses fight,” News, Sept. 25.] Explain to the rest of…More
Self responsibility First, let me say that I believe that The Times did a wonderful job of explaining the Affordable Care Act. [“Insuring health: Navigating your way through the Affordable Care Act,” Section J, Sept. 22.] With today’s political parties playing fast and loose with the facts, your insert was absolutely necessary. To the Army veteran,…More
No free ride Carol Sterling rejects Obamacare because she doesn’t “agree with the flippin’ government telling me we have to do something.” [“Insuring Health: Coming changes polarize state,” page one, Sept. 22.] The problem with such an attitude is that, if and when she gets sick or has an accident, she will end up at Harborview…More
Time for a bigger change I am convinced that the national health-care reform law is seriously flawed. It is not that the law isn’t good in theory; it is just not workable in a currency-driven economy, such as the one we have now. What we need to do is rethink our economy. A society with a currency-based economy…More