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In your May 27 editorial “Corbett’s Call: The Governor Must Act on UPMC-Highmark,” you cite competition as a reason for forced government intervention in a private dispute. I strongly believe a government contract between UPMC and Highmark is the wrong approach.

For decades, Pittsburgh has had a single insurance company dominating the market. And as a result of UPMC’s decision not to renew its contract with Highmark, there is now a price war for health insurance, which will ultimately result in lower prices. The long-term benefits of letting the market work itself out will eventually outweigh the short-term transition period.

Competition only works when there are other hospitals and insurers serving the market. If the government acts we will stifle true competition.

STEPHEN DeMAURA
President
Americans for Job Security
Alexandria, Va.

The writer lives in Langhorne, Pa.


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