Letter to the Editor

New York Times

August 12, 2009

To the Editor:

What’s wrong with our health care system? The profit margin. Take it out and it’s possible to compare us favorably with other industrialized countries.

Health care isn’t too expensive; insurance is. A single-payer, nonprofit system would lower the cost, allowing insurance for all.

The insurance companies, drug companies and the medical-industrial complex are all fighting for their very lives in fear of a better, cheaper option. Do politicians have the guts to stand up to the special interests?

Definitely not, as both sides of the aisle receive huge contributions intended as bribes to maintain the status quo. If only those entrusted with this responsibility had the courage to do the right thing.

What’s the solution? Medicare for all. The cost savings would allow for full coverage for all Americans at reasonable rates and would allow adequate rates for doctors and hospitals.

America would join the modern world.

Steven Kahn
Princeton, N.J., Aug. 10, 2009

The writer is a surgeon.