Our present health-care system has absolutely demonstrated that we have the most expensive and ineffective system of all industrialized countries. There are third-world countries that have a superior system compared to ours. Up to a third of our health-care dollars go to insurance and medical administration, instead of actual treatment, which is about four times the rate in other countries. Our national Medicare system is the only insurance plan that favorably compares in quality and cost with other national plans.
We should not waste time with political philosophy when it comes to something as important and expensive as medical care. We need the system that covers the most people at the lowest cost, while still maintaining good quality of care. The Affordable Healthcare Law is the best plan politically and fiscally feasible at this time and in the foreseeable future. While it does not cover every American, it is a huge step toward extending coverage and reducing future cost.
As I have said before, I am a health insurance agent and I just got in the first premium change notices for Jan. 1, 2014, with the changes in Obamacare added. The rates are down 10-20 percent. Bad news for Republicans, great news for the rest of us.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford