Letters: The Register Guard July 2, 2015
by Lou Sinniger, Eugene
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 affirmation of the Affordable Care Act on June 25 means the act’s here to stay — until we make it better.
We certainly can’t go back to a time when people were denied health care based on previous medical conditions.
The problem with the ACA is the high cost of health insurance. The ACA doesn’t control health insurance prices — health insurance premiums are driving the market, and that’s one major reason why our health care costs are more than twice that in any other developed nation.
The other reason is the cost of pharmaceuticals. Medicare is forbidden by Congress to negotiate drug prices with Big Pharma. In other nations, the costs of prescription drugs are one-half to one-third the cost here. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays 40 percent less for its pharmaceuticals than the rest of us.
Medicare turns 50 years old on July 27, and we should celebrate it. It covers most of those age 65 and older while Medicaid covers those who live in poverty. The VA covers most of our veterans.