July 7, 2014 in Letters, Opinion

Single payer affirmed

 

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case points out yet another flaw in the employer-based health insurance model of paying for health care. The delivery of health care should be based on the needs of the patient, not the religious convictions of their employer. A publicly funded, single-payer system would relieve employers of the necessity of making difficult decisions like this because they would be out of the health care business entirely.

It remains a mystery to me why any employer would want to be burdened with the administrative hassle and expense of providing health care, when this should be the responsibility of society as a whole. Their competitors in other countries do not have this burden. Employers should be marching in the streets demanding a publicly funded system. It is in their financial best interest.

Daniel J. Schaffer

Spokane

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