Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ralston LTE in NY Times

The February 17, 2010 New York Times has published an LTE by Richard Ralston on health care reform (5th one down):
Although you do not think small ideas will do much, you provide a good list of small ideas that would improve the cost and availability of health care. Some of them would be more helpful than you indicate. (Health savings accounts help middle-income Americans and do not primarily help the wealthy, for whom the few hundred dollars in tax savings are not worth the paperwork.)

Americans have rightly become suspicious of big, bad, expensive ideas that are adopted only because they pay off a laundry list of special political interests. They would not object to small ideas that actually work and that don't need bribes to get votes in Congress.

Richard E. Ralston
Executive Director
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine
Newport Beach, Calif., Feb. 15, 2010
(He was responding to their 2/14/2010 editorial, "Small Ideas Won't Fix It".)