Peter Corrigan on Health Care

Last Updated : Oct 09, 2010

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Health Care: No one disagrees that we should have a safety net for the uninsured, but stripping the entire system from its effectiveness is not a solution. At the proposed penalty levels for not maintaining private insurance (8%), most businesses will gladly immediately eliminate their private coverage, adding hugely to the government burden. And we will bankrupt ourselves within years, not decades. Instead, the system needs to be addressed in pieces, from increasing insurance competition across state lines, to addressing patient outcomes and providing for pre-existing conditions, to preventing overcapitalization of scarce resources, to streamlining administration, to tort reform. All of these should be under consideration separately. I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance. The health care legislation that is under consideration in Congress does not accomplish these aims. We need a system that will not increase government spending and will not dilute the quality of care, especially for elders on Medicare. We can find solutions to the current problems faced by health care without overhauling the entire system and turning the keys over to government.

 

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