by Micneal Huntington
Register Guard, November 19, 2013
I agree with Peter Day when he said in his letter Oct. 21 letter that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is a great deal for the insurance companies because it uses government authority to force people to buy private insurance. He ended his letter with the comment that he did not know the answer to our health care mess, but that the ACA was a step in the wrong direction.
The answer to our health care mess is a publicly designed, financed and managed health care system, commonly known as single-payer healthcare or Medicare For All. The Affordable Care Act, despite its good features such as prohibition of insurance denial because of pre-existing conditions, is programmed to fail because it does not control costs, and it maintains the fragmented private insurance system that is geared for profit of a few instead of health for all.