Health costs still too high

February 06, 2015

Rutland Herald: Dr. Anna Carey’s recent commentary regarding our insurance/business-based health care system is very much to the point. Having an ACA exchange policy such as bronze, or even silver, mainly benefits the insurer, not the insured. If one can’t access health care due to the high cost of out-of-pocket expenses, how can it be considered health care?

After years of trying to reform our very unequal system of accessibility, it is still inaccessible for many. The incremental steps to reform the system will never amount to real reform regardless of how many of our politicians say otherwise since it is done within the confines of the insurance/business model.

As Albert Einstein observed, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”

I suspect the recent backtracking on Act 48’s Green Mountain Care has produced a great sigh of relief from many of our less courageous politicians who now don’t have to deal with blowback from those with vested interests and or those who support the current system for ideological reasons.

I also suspect those would also include some who have very good health care due to their employment status and don’t want to rock the boat by supporting a system where everyone has the same equally good benefits. Accessible quality health care shouldn’t be dependent on employment status.

JERRY KILCOURSE

Montpelier