- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2009


Michael O. Leavitt and Jeffrey H. Anderson may be entirely correct on the long-term economic effects of President Obama’s “public option” medical plan (“The president’s Trojan horse,” Opinion, Tuesday). Such a program may cause confusion and lead to a “government-run health care program.” Point taken.

However, a question remains: How do we provide health care to all Americans? As happened with our automobile industry, two companies went bankrupt and essentially had to start over again. The same principle applies to our health care system. This is not about health care making money — the business side of health care does that. The measure of health care is not about profits and losses. It is about the people’s health. It is the people who are bankrupt in our health care system.

We must go entirely outside the box on this problem. From the way we educate our medical professionals to the way we run our hospitals, we have to change. The sad alternative will be much worse than 46 million Americans without quality health coverage.


Bristol, Conn.

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