This letter is in regard to the "High cost of health care," published in the Tribune June 3.
Being involved in the health care business when Congress passed the Tax Equity and Responsibility Act of 1982, it is of extreme interest that any item on health care must be studied. This item was of particular interest, as the headline editor must give an article a headline that will induce readership. This headline did. It is also the subject I have addressed a few times in articles to various newspapers in the area.
That is, that the headline has nothing to do with the actual article as written by the person whose byline is at the head of the article. In this case the article is from The Associated Press by Joyce M. Rosenberg. Health care per se is not the subject of the article, and the high cost of health care is as misleading as any I have read over the years. This article is about a portion of a health care law that addresses a credit for a company providing health insurance to its employees.
In point of fact the article debunks the idea that any credit is actually available. It is in effect a non-law. So don't bother to even read it. It is a long article to prove a point. Your headline does not help, and further, the cost of health care insurance does not equate with the cost of health care. When the health care law was passed, the insurance companies raised their rates by 6 percent on the probability that in the future they may have to pay for higher claims. Being under medical care since 2007, this has still not happened to me. It is not difficult to know who is profiting from the new health care law.
One CEO did report a favorable result for his $700 investment in applying the law. I guess that one is better than none.
Leonard J. Sainato