Obama ignores competitve realities of U.S. health care marketplace
April 7, 2009
To the Editor:
President Obama’s claims about the dire straits of our medical care system demonstrate his disregard for what is really going on. He repeats the 45 million uninsured figure that includes illegal aliens and those who could, but choose not to, buy insurance.
In fact the solution is occurring all around us. Neighborhood urgent care centers are popping up all over the country, creating a competitive environment. And parents can, instead of bringing their feverish child to a crowded, costly emergency room, bring them to the nearest Wal-Mart or Walgreens for professional care.
These outlets are far more accessible and efficient than hospital emergency rooms. Obama should incorporate these centers in any health care plan and encourage their expansion.
These clinics represent private investment, provide competition and provide the opportunity to improve the system with far less government involvement than what the Democrats have in mind.
No one has a right to free medical care, and these lower-cost locations will make care and insurance more affordable. Of course, major medical coverage would still need to be addressed, but it would be far less expensive to cover everyone with that than what is now being considered.
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Alan M. Olson