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Health care reform is complicated because insurers try to find ways not to pay

Columnist Robert Ehrlich asks why the Affordable Health Care Act is so long ("Obamacare: The 2,300 page monstrosity," March 25). The answer is that in a simpler time it was possible to write a law in simpler form because everyone knew what you meant, and you did not have to defend against every kook whose only goal in life was to look for any possible mistake or alternate meaning of a word or phrase.

Anyone who takes the trouble to look into the American health care system realizes the U.S. is sadly lacking in caring for it's citizens. The Affordable Health Care Act is an attempt to correct that.

While it is woefully inadequate, it is still far better than what we had before when you could have your insurance canceled as soon as you got ill and made a claim. Or if you had the temerity to be born with an illness or disease, or if one of the thousands of office workers whose only job was to find reasons not to cover a procedure decided not to pay for your treatment.

Now at least we can have some peace of mind knowing that we can expect to receive the treatment that we are paying for.

We are still a long way behind the rest of the world — we can still lose our home and everything we own if we or any member of our family gets ill or has an accident. But if the Republicans get into power we will go back to the Dark Ages of health care.

The reason American health care is so expensive compared to Switzerland, Taiwan, Canada, the UK, Japan, Germany, France, etc., is that ours is a for-profit system. Health care here is a business, and a big one too.

A universal health care system that everyone paid into and that covered everyone would mean that we would pay half what we pay now for health care — and get better treatment as well.

David Liddle

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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