Letter: We need care, not insurance

Plain and simple: We need more health care, not more insurance. The Affordable Care Act is not going to solve the health care crisis in the U.S. Health care will still be unaffordable because of high premiums, co-payments, deductibles and out-of-pocket-costs, just as it was before this act. The insurance companies will continue to make enormous profits with an increasingly complex bureaucracy, mountains of paperwork and million-dollar salaries for their directors.

The Affordable Care Act is not positive reform and cannot control costs. It is long (over 2,000 pages), confusing and so complicated that I don’t think anyone has been able to read and understand the entire act. This act, which mandates that everyone have health insurance, is a great boon for the insurance companies. Our health care system is still broken and people are suffering and dying. Our current health care for-profit system cannot realistically provide universal and affordable health care coverage. As long as we have different levels of health care coverage, such as gold, platinum or the legally acceptable minimum, we will not have health care justice.

Some people will get better care because they have more money and can afford the higher premiums. Health care is a human right, not a commodity to be bought and sold. Having the insurance companies in the mix is a conflict of interest because they make their money by denying care and avoiding medical losses.

Maria Termini, via email



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