Finally, accountability

July 2, 2013 

I read your editorial with interest the other day. It seems you're blaming the Affordable Care Act for the recent negotiation problems at Memorial Hospital in Belleville with UnitedHealthcare. So I pulled out the letters my husband received from both parties and reread them. Memorial stated that both parties couldn't make an agreement on what United Healthcare would pay Memorial.

Memorial said they were asking for an amount that would be fair and comparable with what other hospitals are receiving and that United Healthcare's profit had increased 180 percent.

Could it be that all insurance companies are finally being held accountable now that Obamacare is the law of the land? That they won't be able to refuse a certain expensive drug or treatment for a patient who needs it to survive?

That come Jan. 1, 2014, they no longer can refuse coverage to uninsured people because of pre-existing conditions and offer the service at a affordable cost?

I say it's about time health insurance companies are held accountable for their greed and always putting profit before care.

Even though my husband will have to choose between Memorial or UnitedHealthcare, we welcome Obamacare. It's about time every citizen had the right to health care coverage and that health insurance companies were held accountable for their decisions.

Linda Cristel

Edwardsville

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