Private-sector cure II
In response to Alex Vargo's letter “GOP solutions needed” (Aug. 19 and TribLIVE.com): The alternate solution to the massive, intrusive Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is to have all levels of government (county, state, federal) get out of the health-care business and turn it back to the health-care providers, i.e., doctors and hospitals.
I would suggest Vargo research for himself how health-care programs were started.
When I was a young man, I was able to purchase health insurance with reasonable premiums and deductibles offered by health-insurance companies. Later, health care was offered to workers by their employers as a benefit to offset wage freezes and price controls.
As premiums and the cost of health care increased, HMOs were formed to manage the cost of health care. It became a political issue when the Democratic Party placed health care as its top priority.
Today, we have ObamaCare, which will place a person's health care totally into the hands of bureaucrats who will decide whether you should live or die. What is the GOP alternative, you ask?
Get government out of the health-care business and give it back to the real health-care providers and to the private health-insurance companies.