- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)3
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
Quality, affordable health care
I read with interest the June 29 article in the Southeast Missourian concerning the comments of local politicians who said the recent Supreme Court decision concerning the Affordable Health Care Act did not address the issue of rising health care costs. Of course this is correct. However, rising health care costs are a political rather than a legal issue.
I would offer the following observations.
The countries of Western Europe and Canada provide quality health care to all their citizens. Our health care system which is 33 percent more expensive leaves approximately 40 million people uninsured. We cannot let the hubris of American exceptionalism prevent us from learning from others.
Health insurance companies make money by collecting premiums, not by paying claims.
Those of us who have health insurance through our employers have to take the offered program and do not get to shop for the most advantageous plan.
When confronted with a serious injury or a life threatening disease such as cancer, recovery is the central concern. More often than not, cost of care is an afterthought.
Health care and procedures are presently rationed by corporate bureaucrats trying to maximize profits for their company.
Quality health care is required by all of us, and it needs to be provided at a reasonable price. Therefore, it is a necessity similar to electricity in that it is more like a public utility than a commodity to be purchased at a department store.
Going forward, I hope our elected officials remember these points.
JOHN PIEPHO, Cape Girardeau