LETTER: Single-payer plan puts people ahead of profit, Kevin P. Reilly, Albany Times-Union

I again enjoyed another letter from Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State ("Single-payer system would be utter disaster," Feb. 7). She is surely rivaling the Brothers Grimm in the production of fairy tales.

Her prior entertaining story told of how the state's economy would erode if the minimum wage were raised even a nickel. Unemployment would rise and production would flatten.

With a mountain of statistical evidence, her latest effort explains how a single-payer health care system would be a "disaster." Her plot has holes, however, in that she doesn't reveal why dozens of countries have abandoned the corporation-based system she touts, and why none of those nations has reverted to that profit-oriented mechanism.

She ignores the fact that decisions by health care providers in the United States are made with money in mind, rather than with people. Of course, primarily insurance companies would suffer if we join Europe and Canada in using a single-payer approach. It is this truth that surely drives Briccetti's creativity.

Read letter here at the Albany Times-Union.

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