Like PG columnist Jack Kelly, I am disappointed in Obamacare ("The High Price of Obamacare," June 9), but for entirely different reasons. It is not clear what solution he has to offer, but I sense that he would just like to return to what we had before -- which would be a much worse alternative.
He may or may not understand that the Affordable Care Act was the result of an awful compromise with powerful groups, so-called "stakeholders," who wouldn't -- and for the most part didn't have to -- give up their "stakes." I am talking about Big Pharma, the insurance industry, the American Medical Association and even the electronic health record industry, and perhaps most of all Congress, which was afraid that mention of the T-word (taxes) would put them out of office.
As a result, employers got the short end of the stick. Everyone should have access to health care, and employers should not be stuck with the bill. Nonetheless, Obamacare was a monumental achievement and we should move forward and make it better, rather than go backward, as Mr. Kelly seems to suggest.
BRUCE L. WILDER, M.D.