Letter to the Editor

Half the problem

San Luis ObispoJune 13, 2013 

Thank you for running the article June 2 by Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times. Her analysis of the rise of health care costs was right on. It is the actual cost of medical care in our country that is the root of our health care crisis in America.

“Whether directly from their wallets or through insurance policies, Americans pay more for almost every interaction with the medical system.” Exactly. The costs of drugs in our country, brought out in her article, is horrendous compared with other countries.

The Affordable Care Act, which is in the process of implementation, does not address the rising cost of actual care. Because our country does not regulate or intervene in medical pricing, but does in the cost of medical insurance, we are addressing only half of the problem. If the Affordable Care Act had targeted both expenses, then we truly would have a solution to our health care problem.

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