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July 21, 2012 at 6:30 AM

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Affordable Care Act constitutional, says Supreme Court

A GOP free-market, medical-care solution

The Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act leans heavily on free-market solutions [“Cracks appear in GOP unity on health law,” page one, July 10]. One should explore the free market as a delivery system for other social needs to ascertain its viability in the case of medical care. Let’s take automobiles as the free-market example.

Mobility is a cultural necessity in our society from rich to poor. As an example of a market-place solution, car sales certainly don’t suffer from a lack of competition and cars can be purchased across state lines. Further advantages, that medical-care coverage does not have, include renting/leasing a car or buying a used vehicle from a fellow citizen.

The above possibilities encompass all the “free-for-all requirements” of a minimally-regulated market place working to capture your auto-purchasing dollar. Yet with all this competition and choice, there is still a sizable number of our citizens unable to afford costs associated with automobile usage.

Our societal response to this inability of the market place to deliver “the goods” is subsidized public transit. This is an acknowledgment by a large majority of the public of the social benefit and importance in providing mobility to our citizens. Medical coverage deserves similar consideration.

— John Arnold, Seattle


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