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DEAR EDITOR:

Will Ohio’s U. S. Senate candidates J.D. Vance or Tim Ryan propose banning America’s unique group medical insurance?

Those of us who’ve actually studied group health’s operations recognize it as some of the radical and destructive ideas of the past 80 years. Our refusal to grasp just how subversive and ruinous group health is when it was revived in 1943 to dam national health care has made it a gateway to a permissive environment for outright medical lunacies and slippery slopes.

The case to abolish group medical insurance will likely be the opening salvo within the epic battle to rectify distribution of American medicine. The opinion leader in that battle will certainly be short-listed for a future Presidential Medal of Freedom, and given America’s extremely irregular patterns of health care consumption, even a Nobel Memorial Prize in economics.

Each Vance and Ryan have 4 months to grow into greatness. One candidate’s current health care position amounts to the same old puddle of wet mush. Plus, investment banker Vance knows American business has already worked around group health’s onerous costs. Specifically, tactical bankruptcies, outsourcing, off-shoring, cost-shifting and wage-cutting. Ever wonder why that $28-an-hour factory job is now $18 an hour?

Indeed, our legislators are longtime dupes for group health. Republicans snored as group health quietly undermined family because the primal model of economic distribution. A single employee’s uninsured mother and father, or uninsured brother and sister, for instance, won’t ever be enrolled in his group health policy under so-called family plans. Democrats yawned as group health, a job-killing excise tax on labor, gutted America of producing jobs.

Evil ideas with up-front attractiveness, akin to group medical insurance, are legal and revel in massive popular support. See, for instance, the twentieth century’s now defunct governing philosophies. It’s necessary to ask what the hidden costs of a pretty but evil idea are.

We will’t vote our way out of evil. We will’t reform our way out of evil. We will’t spend our way out of evil. We will’t focus-group our way out of evil. We will’t debate our way out of evil on Sunday morning television. We will only hope the successful candidate, Vance or Ryan, will lay the muse for Congress to abolish group medical insurance.

What of the 170 million Americans now herded in group medical insurance? My guess is many will likely be quietly glad to be free of the clutches of an odious undue enrichment scheme from which they benefited a lot, and the needs of which they understood so little.

JACK LABUSCH

Niles

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