The need for universal care is the real story

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I’m writing to respond to the March 21 editorial “Employers’ Voice: Time Is Short to Be Heard on UPMC-Highmark.” You’re missing the mark.

How willing would UPMC and Highmark be to play nice together if we all had true choice in the matter? What if they had to compete on service only in a system of universal health care that covers all equally at a base level? A system that could supplement that base coverage with even better insurance plans and wider coverages based on what you, as an individual, can afford to pay.

If you are on Medicare, you currently use such a system. Medicare is universal health care that we all pay into and which we all (eventually) benefit from — like in every other free developed nation on the planet.

We keep seeing article after tiresome article about this billionaires’ club contest, and nary anything about how our health care costs per person are double that of any other developed country. Or how universal care can really work, and does work in other countries, while still making insurance companies millions upon millions of dollars. (That’s the point of health care and insurance, right? To make money?)

We have access to all this technology and all this information, yet we allow ourselves to be duped (and then collectively burglarized) year after year by the insurance and health care industries.

Your story, in other words, isn’t the real story — and hasn’t been for quite some time.


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