Obamacare is pushing us toward single-payer health care

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The long-term economic effects of Obamacare can be summarized as follows: Doctors are looking at a system which is relying on the cost model of a privately run, profit driven industry (the insurance part of it) to pay for something being driven by a not-for-profit government scheme.

When the government’s anticipated participation levels don’t materialize, either from a lack of interest in a bad deal or the fact that potential customers can’t even access the system, the profits for the insurers don’t show up on their bottom line. Do they suck up the loss or attempt to pass the cost on to the health care providers?

That one should be obvious. And if the doctors, who are also private business owners in large part, can’t recoup their own costs to deliver their services, where does the plan go from there?

Let’s connect the dots. As both private insurers and doctors tank, we the people (but not the elected Congress, mind you) are forced to participate in this single-payer system. And we are left with an inefficient and fickle government to advocate for our health, with no recourse for any other choices in our single-payer health care system.


Rosa Fini

 The author is a practicing physician in Greenwich.

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