The wrong accord

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The updated agreement between UPMC and Highmark Health (“Warring Health Giants Clarify Accord,” June 25) misses the point.

UPMC refusing to take “competitors’ ” insurance is a naked move to strengthen its monopoly of health care and establish a monopoly in health insurance.

Monopolies are bad for consumers, and this monopoly is disastrous for Pittsburgh. We already have some of the highest health-care costs in the country, and if UPMC is successful in damaging Highmark, it will be free to raise insurance premiums at will.

But wait. Isn’t UPMC a public, non-profit charity? It sure isn’t acting like one.

UPMC must either be taxed and regulated like the profit-driven corporation that it is or give up its quest for complete domination of our health care system.

MARK KNOBIL

Polish Hill


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