Sunday, November 2, 2008

Candidates Health Plans: Revisted

The NY Times just ran a series of letters to the editor that critiqued the candidates' so-called "solutions" to our health care woes. Below is one that sums up many of the readers' positions quite well. 

Most letters are written by physicians and lawyers -- I hope that public health professionals continue to be an active voice in the debate. We bring the perspective that access to health care is only a part of the solution -- prevention of poor health and improving peoples' built and social environment is essential to improving our nation's health.

NY Times: Letter to the Editor published November 1, 2008

“The Candidates’ Health Plans” (editorial, Oct. 28) reveals the critical flaw in both candidates’ proposals. Both merely redistribute the cost of health care; neither actually lowers the cost. Their common flaw: continued dependence on insurance companies.

Here’s a better plan: a single national nongovernment not-for-profit health insurance company financed by a payroll tax. By eliminating the profit margin and cost of marketing, we can reduce the cost of health insurance, and thus health care, dramatically.

Glenn Alan Cheney
Hanover, Conn., Oct. 28, 2008

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