We must remove the profit motive from health insurance

February 24, 2010

The health care "debate" taking place in this country has two sides, the health insurance industry, who want only to protect their profit margins, and informed people who understand that the profit motive must be removed.

Every other country in the industrialized world has come to this conclusion. Only corporate propaganda stands in the way by spreading disinformation about a single-payer system. The best option is simply to expand Medicare to cover everyone. If you want to know more about it, just ask your grandmother!

The second option is a so-called "public option" that could someday lead to Medicare for all. There simply is no third option that will control the insurance industry. Something must limit the power of the health insurance industry. The "public option" seems to be the only viable way to do this given the current political situation. It will only happen if we, the people, push hard for it!

Albert Klappenberger, Salisbury

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