Letters to the Editor

Health care costs rose long before Affordable Care Act

Re July 14 letter by Stephen Cornelius, “Costs hidden in health care bill alarming”

I'd like to say this concerning one portion of the health care bill he addressed. I'm not an expert on the whole law but on medicine and insurance, I am degreed and retired from both.

The current rate for Medicare Part B is $99.60, not $94.40. I have been on Medicare for well over 14 years, long before the health care law, and there has never been

a single year that the premiums did not rise, and for me well over $50 or more.

I believe Mr. Cornelius should check and see if his doctor, hospital or drug bills are still the same as they were in 2000 through 2008 during the Republican health care plan. And why did my Medicare premiums go up then without the law?

I further suggest that he look at the homeowners insurance, flood insurance and auto insurance bills from 2008 to present and explain why they went up, all of which we are commanded by law to have. As for employers from 2000 to 2008, why did their health insurance premiums go up? There was no law then.

We have the most expensive health care in the world compared with other industrialized nations yet we have shorter life expectancies. Explain. We rank 17th in infant mortality yet it costs more to have a baby in the U.S. than elsewhere. We have the highest drug costs and the highest paid CEOs and CFOs of medical insurance companies long before the health care law. Explain.

These charges that seniors won’t come to Myrtle Beach because of it are hogwash. They won't come because of the 2008 collapse of the housing market, the lack of affordable quality health care, the crime statistics published weekly, coastal insurance rates and the lack of part-time work needed by many seniors.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.