Paul Grady is appropriate in his op-ed, “Connecticut should focus on health value, not creating a state public option” (April 20), that rising well being care prices are largely pushed by rising costs for well being care, however he’s incorrect when he states that the general public choice is not going to assist put the brakes on these prices. The consolidation in Connecticut’s well being care system has enabled the large well being methods like Yale and Hartford Well being to boost costs with impunity.
The general public choice invoice proposed by Comptroller Kevin Lembo and others will act as a counterbalance to the behemoth well being suppliers and inject a lot wanted competitors into the medical insurance market.
The proposed laws — SB 842 — will allow small employers, nonprofit organizations, and Taft-Hartley union plans to lastly buy good medical insurance for his or her employees at an inexpensive value. That is what the individuals of Connecticut want and deserve.
Dr. Stephen R. Smith, MPH
Professor Emeritus of Household Drugs
Warren Alpert Medical Faculty of Brown College