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Clearing up confusion

Posted: July 6, 2009 4:05 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Reading "Health care confusion" (Letters, The Signal, July 2) I agree that Rob Kerchner has some "health care confusion" since he quite obviously has no concept of what "single-payer" health care is comprised of.

Under "single-payer," or for that matter "universal" health care, the government has absolutely no part in choosing which doctors a person goes to for treatment; the patient does. The sole role of the government, which is the single payer, is to do just that, act as the administrator for the program and pay the providing doctors, medical staffs and facilities.

This task under "single-payer" should cost somewhere less than 5 percent of the overall health care expenditure.

Admittedly, the single-payer program is funded by tax dollars, but before anyone has an attack over increased taxes, please keep in mind that under the current system those exact same funds are called premiums.

The difference is that when we spend 5 percent on administration instead of the 30 percent we are now paying to corporate profits, the overall expense is significantly less and everyone is covered - all people, any doctor, at any time.

Yes, Mr. Kerchner, you get to choose - not the government nor even the for-profit health insurance company that considers every claim filed by you to be a business loss.


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