Friday, September 18, 2009

The Great Diversion

This commentary from the Business & Media Institute covers more than just health care reform, but there's something about this one part, as well as similar opinions expressed elsewhere, that catches my attention.

...80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care providers, 70 percent satisfied with their health insurance coverage, and 53 percent are satisfied with the amount of money they have to pay out of pocket for care. Further, the most common complaints or requests for reform have to do with portability of health insurance, which can obviously be cured without the big-footed destruction of every aspect of American health care proposed by the President and Democrats in Congress.

This misses a huge problem by a mile, something on the order of 47 million people whose only health coverage is going to the emergency room. Then there's the common practice of rescission, where insurance for the costliest patients is terminated. Small wonder why a majority of people are satisfied with their health insurance coverage. They haven't gotten seriously ill--yet.

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