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Trumpcare-No Solution for ObamaCare

Posted by Thomas Edwards on May 15, 2017 7:25 AM EDT
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While the government's efforts to play a hand in the healthcare crisis through health insurance reform, true health reform is a long way off...

...according to a very well-written letter to the editor of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper on Friday May 12th.

According to the letter to the editor, which was a collaborative piece penned by a group of health and medical professors from both EVMS and Virginia Wesleyan College, the efforts to reform health insurance ARE NOT the answer to making a big positive impact in healthcare reform.  Health insurance reform doesn't solve the dilemma, according to their research.  Only healthcare reform, and more importantly yet-health reform will do it.

Like the ACA before it, according to these experts, the AHCA ignores cost-saving and quality of services improvements practices and will continue to increase health care costs.  The letter was extremely well-written and worth reading every word.

However, given the issue of time, I am re-printing the final paragraph because it effectively sums up the entire letter in a way that literally takes the political spin away and focuses on the real issues:  healthcare costs, healthcare quality and healthier lifestyles:

"Democrats say that health care for everyone is a moral issue.  Republicans don't have to accept that health care is a human right, but they can't ignore the financial effects that increaseing the number of unisured Americans will have on our nation's health care spending.  Democrats and Republicans can fight all day over whether health care is a privilege, a personal responsibility or a human right.  Maybe they should instead start talking about what actually saves us money".

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