10:30 AM EDT, March 27, 2012
In "Obamacare, the 2,300 page monstrosity" (March 25)Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.takes the standard Republican establishment party line. He chooses to ignore the fact that our health care system in the U.S. is fatally broken. Over 40 million Americans struggle without health care coverage, and the health of the nation is only mediocre compared to the rest of the industrial world in standard measures as longevity of life and infant mortality.
All other industrialized countries have managed to come up with plans that provide universal coverage with better results at half the cost. Does this mean we are less caring or not as competent as these other countries? I hope not, but something must be done to bring us in line with the rest of the civilized world.
The Affordable Health Care Act corrects most of our health care deficiencies. It will bring health care coverage to over 95 percent of Americans and will eliminate most current insurance company abuses such as denying coverage for preexisting conditions, charging women and elderly disproportionately higher premiums and capping lifetime benefits. It will also require the medical profession to adopt "best practices" that will finally begin to bend the cost curve downward.
I personally would have preferred a single-payer system that would have taken the wasteful insurance industry out of the health care business, but that is an issue for another day. Despite some recent outrageous decisions by the Supreme Court, I am hopeful that the justices will find the law constitutional.
Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore
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