Reader's view: Affordable Care Act puts helps where it’s neededSome people are betting nothing bad will happen to them, but most are priced out of insurance and already have limited access to medical care.
In his April 20 column in the News Tribune, Dr. Patrick Hall detailed his objections to the Affordable Care Act (Local View: “Law could have serious effect on cost, quality and accessibility of health care”). Ironically, turning the page, readers found an article informing them that one quarter of adults went without health insurance in 2011.
Some people are betting nothing bad will happen to them, but most are priced out of insurance and already have limited access to medical care. How can bringing these people under some type of medical-insurance umbrella limit accessibility?
Per-capita, health-care expenditures are above $8,000, or nationally about 18 percent of gross national product. This exceeds all other nations; but compared to other economically advanced nations, the health care delivered is, at best, average.
What measures do opponents of the Affordable Care Act have to offer? Usually complaints about regulations, praise of free markets and then … silence.
Br. Gregory Bernhardt
The writer is a physician employed at St Luke’s.