Re: “Unreformed health care a threat to Washington’s future” (Viewpoint, 1-24).
As a health care provider myself, I agree that we need to bring down spending on health care while at the same time ensuring access for all. Unfortunately Dr. Nathan Schlicher didn’t mention the best method for doing this: a single-payer health care system.
The achievements and flaws of the Affordable Care Act are quickly becoming evident, and “best practices” (such as those Schlicher lobbied for in place of planned Medicaid cuts) are good but not sufficient. Our taxes already pay for 60 percent of health care in this country, while 31 percent of health care spending is wasted on administrative costs. We need to parlay our dollars into health care that covers all of us.
The money is there, but we need the political will. We need leaders who will fight all the lobbyists out there and support a system that serves all of us as citizens and patients. There are a lot of people who make money off of health care, and those people have lobbyists; cutting health care spending makes those people very, very angry.
I hope our legislators in Olympia and Washington, D.C,. will address health care reform, and when they do, I hope they realize that ultimately only a single-payer system will rein in costs and cover everyone. We deserve such a system.
(Iverson is a physician assistant.)