Sunday Perspective: Policy meets flesh and bone in health care

Various aspects of health care are explored by three commentaries in today’s Perspective section:

McDowell County wife and mother Deana Lucion worries — about her uninsured husband and son, about what may happen to the Medicaid that currently covers her and the baby she is expecting, and about the rest of the people in McDowell County. What happens to people if Medicaid is cut or capped?

At the same time, Kathy Shapell, of Charleston, warns that a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act could end coverage or treatment for many of the 5,500 West Virginia children with autism.

Meanwhile, economist and columnist Noah Smith points out that regardless of what politicians argue about, plenty of data show that most Americans want some kind of universal access to routine and serious medical treatment.

Americans may not be interested in complete socialized medicine owned and operated by the public, he says, but the American public understands that health care, as a product in the marketplace, functions differently than other products and services.

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