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          State of health care not worthy of "crisis" label

          Tiffany Oliver

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Opinion
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          Many people who support health care reform argue that health care is a right. I agree that health care is a right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause, but I do not think health insurance is a right. Currently, hospitals do not deny care to those who either choose not to have insurance or cannot afford it.

          Rates should be higher for those who use hospitals and health services more, because they cost insurance companies more than those who limit their interaction with doctors to yearly physicals. One issue with not allowing companies to charge higher rates for sickly customers is an across the board increase for health insurance for all customers. Common sense holds that if health insurance companies must retain pricy customers, or that they cannot deny coverage based on preexisting health conditions, companies will increase everybody's rates in order to recover lost profits. Everybody will pay for reforms that perhaps half of all Americans want. Not to mention, requiring all Americans to have insurance by 2014 will cause a shortage of doctors and nurses available to treat patients.

          I feel bad for those who cannot afford health care, but I believe the correct response to the problem is the solution that results in the least amount of government intervention, and in my opinion that is offering tax cuts for those who cannot afford insurance. Instead of costly government regulation, Congress could provide tax cuts to lower/middle-class Americans who are most likely to be uninsured, equivalent to the amount of money needed to pay for insurance. I can accept such a solution, because it limits the role that government plays in my life, and I admit that after the Bush administration, I am hesitant to grant extensive power to Congress or the President, especially to those who proudly claim to be progressives.
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