It is unfortunate that groups like the Glendale Patriots (“Group protests health-care plan,” July 25) are trying to obscure what is actually in the health-care reform legislation supported by President Obama. They make unfounded charges about less choice and lower quality, and inaccurate comparisons to England’s and Canada’s health-care systems.
In fact, most people would remain in the employer-provided health plans they currently are in. If they worked for a very small employer, or did not have employer-provided insurance, they would qualify to be in the health insurance exchange. There they could choose between a large number of private insurance plans or a public health insurance option.
With respect to the quality of health care received, it would likely improve. The legislation would promote preventive care, clamp down on insurance company abuses and set minimum standards for health-care plans. These minimum standards would set a higher bar than many health-care plans currently provide.