Letter: Americans want care, not highway robbery

Re: ‘We need care, not insurance’ (Metro, April 2)

Maria Termini hit the nail on the head. We need a system where insurance companies don’t siphon off 20 percent of the money we spend on health care — and then have the nerve to complain because it’s not their normal 30 percent. And they probably get to deduct their lobbying efforts from the base cost while making life miserable for sick people. They should be restricted to making money off people who can afford to give it away. Sell them those Cadillac policies. Expanding Medicare is one way to go. Maria is right: We need health care, not insurance.

John Lasell, via email

Letter writer Maria Termini is so correct, the high cost associated with today’s health insurance still makes it unaffordable for most people. I don’t care how low the premium is, should you have a procedure done, your co-pay and deductible will be as much as $600. So people who could not afford insurance before, because it cost too much, will be upset when they find out that if you want to use it, it will cost more in co-pays than your premium every month.

Kathy Harold, via email

Wow Maria! Spot on! Well written! Take insurance companies out of the equation! So much of our pay goes to insurance premiums for health care that is still unaffordable! It’s robbery!

Mike Gillis, via email



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