Really nice editorial today in the Buffalo News Opinion section, Health Insurance Coverage Can Fall Short. In this election year when we consider issues like health insurance coverage, health care costs and consumer credit issues, we need to consider that they are all interconnected.
I will say that the numbers in this article don’t really match what I see in my practice. Mine are more depressing. I see far more people than this article indicates who have never had health insurance. In most cases, their employers don’t offer it. In some cases their employer offers it, but the employee’s share of the premium would be 40% or more of the employee’s gross income.
I don’t know the answers. If there were any easy answers, we wouldn’t have these problems. What I do know is that tinkering with one part of the system won’t fix the big picture.