Corporate capitalism's grip on health care [Letter]

March 25, 2014

"Step therapy" is a perfect metaphor for corporate capitalism's continuing assault on human well-being ("Putting doctors back in charge of health care March 24).

According to commentator Gene Ransom III, private health insurers can overrule a doctor's prescription by not paying for it until the patient has first tried a less costly therapy.

In fact, however, the insurer can insist upon several less costly "steps" before paying for the prescribed medication, all in the name of cost containment -- or in other words, profit.

The idea that an insurance company can take a patient's health care out of a doctor's hands is but another example of how corporate capitalism is eating away at the soul of our nation, step by step.

Howard Bluth, Baltimore

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