Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

April 16, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Health care needs one-payer system

The individual is responsible for his or her own well-being, and rightfully so. Take health care for example, now unaffordable for the majority of Americans and over-priced for all.

Just as in the case of our soaring national debt, the soaring cost of health care is forcing the issue. These problems, obvious for decades, now reaching critical mass, are monuments to the incompetence of our governments. Patchwork half-measures are not the answer. They merely complicate the situation, and this includes the Affordable Care Act.

Regardless of all the propaganda to the contrary, governments, employers and insurance companies do not pay your medical bills. All three groups had their motives for getting into the health care game. Politicians were interested in making themselves indispensable and in taking care of their establishment buddies.  Employers were simply protecting their vulnerable backsides and bottom lines. Insurance companies wanted their percentage of the take.

Now that it is evident the system is failing, all three groups are writhing and wiggling. Isn’t this a pitiful state of affairs? How are you going to pay for health care?

Let’s create a state-of-the-art “single-payer” health care system with these characteristics: every American citizen included, free choice of medical provider, negotiated prices for services, negotiated prices for pharmaceuticals, limits on court-awarded damages, tiered rate structures from basic preventive care, built-in incentives to lower costs, monetary rewards for staying healthy, with the individual paying at the rate proportional to the goods and services he or she requests and receives above the basic care-minimum rate everyone pays.

Combine Medicare, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act into a single-payer system, getting rid of the impractical employer-based health care debacle and eliminating the insurance industry participation that provides no health care.

Michael Myers, Ashland

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