Russell Josephson’s 8/3 letter sends one of the most definite “let ‘em die in the streets” and ”let ‘em eat cake” descriptions of a common approach to the health care situation.
Many people find it unbelievable that a universal health care system could be created for no more than we spend now. How?
15% would be saved with a coordinated information/administration system. This would eliminate the overwhelming and bewildering patchwork of private insurance plans with their exorbitant overhead and profits, as well as the costly paperwork burdens imposed on providers. With these savings, amounting to nearly 400 billion annually, it would be possible to provide no-deductible coverage for all Americans, including the present uninsured. There is no logic in tying a person’s health care to his job. Today there are so many gaps and loopholes in private insurance policies that many “insured” patients are vulnerable to financial ruin. Cherry picking must be eliminated. Service must be coordinated. Rural areas would benefit. Prompt care would reduce service expense.
A “public plan option” would not solve the problem of a reform that perpetuates private insurers’ dominant role. Universal health care reform is the only practicable means to solving the nation’s health care crisis. Time is running out. Please contact our senators and representatives to endorse a universal system.
Frederick C. Sage
MS Hospital Administration, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1953