An answer to health care?

In the Opinion page article "A Health Plan for America," April 6, the author advocates delinking health-care benefits from the workplace. It is interesting to note that the example he cites to demonstrate the superiority of a consumer-choice health-benefits system is the employer-sponsored Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

The author calls the link between health-care benefits and the workplace "one of the great anomalies of modern life." Does he also place in this category employer-sponsored life insurance, disability insurance, and accident insurance? Businesses adopted these programs over the years because they found the benefits in employee peace of mind outweighed their cost. Any effort to rebuild the health-benefits system must include peace of mind as one of its pillars, in addition to "choice and competition." Eric Klieber, Cleveland Hights, Ohio

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