This is a transcription of my comments on the Gainesville Times article by the above title in today’s paper.
But the real question is not can we afford what is essential for life? The question more appropriately is:
Can the United States afford to serve up the ill and disabled as a source for immense corporate profits?
IMO a legitimate criticism of the ACA is that it does indeed, well beyond that of other developed nations, assure continued high profits for private sector corporate industries. Efforts to decrease cost to consumer are largely based on the ACA focus to diminish utilization through incentives to medical care providers; paying less for more care. Yes. A sick patient becomes a liability. But he/she remaining sick is a money source in the current system. It is fair to say perverse incentives are being looked at critically by many in and out of government and insurance companies. IMO this will likely be remedied by future tweaks in reimbursement criteria.
That said; IMO essential health service cannot be managed on the principles of a business intended to make high profits.
We must afford health care. What we cannot afford is to simply provide customers for high profit industries and investors.
Original Article: The Times of Gainesville, Georgia