To The Editor,
Regarding “Republican hard-liners' Obamacare incoherence” (Other Views, March 10):
Columnist Avik Roy criticizes Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., for not getting on board and supporting the American Health Care Act. Roy's complaint boils down to the assertion that conservative legislators should embrace the House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement because it moves us closer toward a free-market health care system.
In a free-market health care system, the federal government, or any level of government, would not interfere with the practice of medicine, namely the doctor-patient relationship, nor subsidize anyone's medical insurance. And the government would not issue mandates to insurance companies on how to run their business.
Instead, individuals would purchase the medical insurance they and their families need and could afford. Individuals and families who cannot afford medical insurance would get treatment at non-profit health care centers. In addition, hospitals as part of the mission to serve the community, would provide health care to poor and low-income families.
Who would pay for all these charitable activities? In a free society, one in which taxes are minuscule, people’s charitable actions will speak volumes about their concern for their fellow citizens.
Fort Lee, March 10