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Health care debate needs reason, facts

I have to respond to the letter entitled “Many lies surround health care affordability” published Jan. 14. The letter writer should investigate some facts about health care before spouting off.

Let’s begin with the statement the Affordable Care Act was “shoved down the unwilling throats of the American people.” The ACA passed both houses of Congress, and signed by the President, after decades of debate on this issue.

Polls indicate about 70 percent support for some level of health care reform. The ACA was not shoved down anyone’s throat.

The facts about health care overwhelmingly supported the need to do something. About 50 million people are uninsured. About 30 percent of health care dollars are wasted on insurance overhead. At twice the cost of other countries, we have the most expensive system in the world. And our health outcomes place us number 37th in the world. We are No. 1 in cost but No. 37 in results.

I agree there are problems with the ACA. I think it relies too heavily on private insurance and for-profit providers. It continues connecting health care to employment, which was a major problem with the old system. It lacks cost controls and our premiums may increase. But it is a huge step in the right direction. I hope I am wrong and the ACA works.

Public debates should be based on fact and well-reasoned arguments. The letter presented no facts or reasonable arguments, and the attack on Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, was repugnant.