People's Forum: Health care ACA doesn’t mean affordable

Reader argues "wild spending" needs a reality check.

Posted on Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

The Affordable Care Act does not make health care affordable, but rather finds a way to take everybody’s money. To make health care affordable, we need to ask questions like, why did a broken finger cost $13,000? Here’s a clue: The light fixture over the operating table cost $20,000. Let’s put this into perspective. If you are having an average house built, you will spend $9,500 for your electrical panel, labor, wiring, outlets, switches and light fixtures. You will need a furnace, ductwork and air conditioning installed. There goes another $9,000. A really nice washer and dryer will run you $1,000. You have spent less than what it cost to install one operating room light fixture. You probably think this is the only example of lavish spending.

When a business spends money with no accountability and someone passes a law that says I have to finance that wild spending, it’s time for a reality check.

Because of the advent of CFLs, the cost of the lighting for my workbench has soared to $25.

Pete Ostapchuk


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