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The current state of our health care system is alarming. The Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare” has come with a plethora of problems that haven’t been addressed, and small business owners and families in Indiana are hurting. While there has been some ambiguity and confusion over the direction that our country is going to move on this issue, one thing is for certain — a single payer health care system is not the solution.

It may be of no surprise that those on the left are calling to inch closer to universal health care, embracing the idea of a single-payer system. What is shocking is the fact that some studies show that even Republicans are starting to succumb to the cries of “Medicare for All.” In fact, a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll from March found that 59 percent of participants favor a national, government-run health plan, including one-third of Republican participants.

I’m sure all Hoosiers, political affiliation aside, can agree — our health care system isn’t perfect. However, the reality is that millions of people depend on it and have for years. We have some of the world’s best hospitals and treatments. New innovation and technology are expanding each day. If we want to continue down this path of advancement, we cannot let our government inflict the price controls and bureaucratic regulations necessary for a single-payer system.

Disrupting our entire health care system and putting all health care controls in the hands of the government would mean that more than 150 million people under the age of 65 who get their health coverage through their employers would lose their existing coverage. Americans would have no choice but to abandon trusted physicians and be forced to navigate an entirely new system and structure. We’ve been down the road of “You can keep your Doctor” before. Allowing a government agency to make your health care decisions in not in the best interest of Hoosiers.

As a small business owner who provides health insurance for my employees and their families this so called “solution” will cause serious disruption and will not help our growing business move in a forward direction. In fact, for those who haven’t heard “Medicare for All” is expected to carry a $ 32.6 trillion price tag for the first decade, requiring significant tax increases to be felt by all Americans.

Health care reform is needed, but Americans do not need a socialized, European-style health care system. It is good for consumers to have choice, and for insurers to have competition. The last thing that we need is to start our system from scratch with complete government control and interference in our personal health care decisions.

Michael Simpson is chief executive officer of M.E. Simpson Co., Inc. as well as Porter County GOP Chairman. The opinions are the writer's.


Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.