The fact that Henry Waxman and Pete Stark don't like health savings accounts shouldn't discourage us. They aren't going to like any market-oriented solution. An adjusted gross income of $139,000 hardly makes one "wealthy," though it is above the liberal envy line. Second, who cares if pricing pressure is applied by the wealthy, the middle class or the poor? Market forces are what's needed, regardless of who applies them. Finally, we shouldn't be surprised that people put more into their HSAs early on, when they are young and healthy. That's exactly what they should do to accumulate savings for when they get sick. They wouldn't be "savings" accounts otherwise. Unfortunately, as HSAs gain steam, their opponents will ratchet up the gloom and doom. Look through it. Believe that the market can work.
Sonny Morton, M.D.Mooresville, N.C.
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