Monday, December 8, 2008

Hsieh LTE in Los Angeles Times

The December 4, 2008 Los Angeles Times printed my LTE submitted in response to their December 1, 2008 article, "Consensus emerging on universal healthcare".

My LTE is the 3rd one in the section "Health Care Debate":
The government should not be guaranteeing "universal healthcare." Healthcare is a need, not a right. Rights are freedoms of action, not automatic claims on goods and services that must be produced by another. There's no such thing as a "right" to a car or an appendectomy. Whenever the government attempts to guarantee a service such as healthcare, it must control it, leading to Canadian-style rationing and waiting lists.

Instead of universal healthcare, we need free-market reforms, such as allowing patients to purchase insurance across state lines and use health savings accounts for routine expenses, and allowing insurers to sell inexpensive, catastrophic-only policies to cover rare but expensive events. Such reforms could reduce costs and make insurance available to millions who cannot currently afford it.

Paul Hsieh, MD
Sedalia, Colo.
(They also printed two letters from local residents supporting single-payer health care.)