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There was a letter to the editor in the Republic recently repeating the bogus argument that health care is best left to the private sector because private companies have to figure out what potential customers want and then provide it or go out of business.

Health care isn’t something people want. It’s something they need and receive as a right granted by Congress and signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1986. If you are sick or injured and go to the emergency room, you will be treated no matter what. If you don’t have insurance, the hospital will come after you for payment, but if you can’t pay, they will eat the cost.

Rights come with responsibilities and everyone has the responsibility to pay their bills. Thankfully, given that a relatively brief stay in the hospital can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, we can live up to our responsibility not to stiff the hospital by having insurance.

Obamacare is an attempt to make sure everyone lives up to that responsibility. If you think the attempt is bogus, get in touch with your members of Congress, especially if they’re Republicans, and tell them you want them to come up with a better plan. Make sure to tell them you want specifics – how it will work, who will be covered, how much it will cost – so the Congressional Budget Office can score it, as they did with Obamacare, and we can all do an apples to apples comparison.

The letter also makes the bogus point that government-sponsored health care is less efficient and therefore, more expensive than private health care plans. That’s simply untrue. Here’s a link to a post on Health Affairs Blog that’s packed with citations and links so you can see for yourself.

Don’t be swayed by bogus arguments.