Donald W. McIntyre East Lyme
Dr. George Sprecace wrote a lengthy commentary, appearing in The Day June 27 - "Just kill the health care law and start over with real change" - urging us to kill the health care law. Dr. Sprecace left out of his commentary the single most important factor in reducing the rise in the cost of health care insurance, yet he urges us to kill the only health care plan the American people have ever had that makes this requirement, namely, the requirement of 100 percent participation.
We live in a humane society that requires emergency rooms to accept all patients. The emergency room must bear the cost the patient can't. The hospital must charge insured people more so the hospital can afford to run the emergency room, and then insurance companies must charge more for health insurance.
As the cost of health insurance goes up, fewer people can afford it and fewer businesses can provide it. As this happens, more people must avail themselves of emergency rooms as their only available form of health care. Left unchanged, this process will feed on itself exponentially until the cost of insurance and health care will bankrupt the country in 10-20 years.
Civilized countries with successful health insurance programs have something in common: they all have 100 percent participation, one way or another.