If Cheryl Drabek (Your Views, Aug. 9) would do some research, she'd find a plethora of ideas that don't include the government taking over one-sixth of the national economy. In his National Prayer Breakfast speech, Dr. Ben Carson touched on a couple of these in the use of Health Savings Accounts that could be transferred and tax deductible, and electronic medical records. In Oklahoma City, you also see things like the Surgery Center advertising prices for certain surgeries, so other hospitals either have to compete or lose business.
Also, I suggest that everyone look at why health insurance was originally created. It was so people could get insurance against catastrophic illness such as cancer, heart trouble, etc., not for the common cold or influenza. Health insurance should be purchased by the individual/family needing it, not companies. People should be able to buy coverage across state lines. Some will say this would cost more because of the economies of scale, but I don't think so. There are still 310 million people in the United States, whether they get their insurance through their employer or privately.
Douglas Thompson, Oklahoma City
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