, Salem, MA


November 14, 2013

Watson: Health care law aims for cost savings


The health care business is huge. Its transactions comprise roughly 18 percent of our economy. If we don’t get its rapidly escalating costs under control, they will eat us alive.

With so much attention being paid — rightly — to the ACA online-rollout woes and the reality that some people are indeed losing their old coverage, let’s not lose sight of why Obamacare was created. It was and is a response to a crisis.

The ACA is here to stay. The website problems will get repaired. The hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies that together form the medical industry are well along in designing compliance plans for the law. After all, the law is built predominantly on the private system that already exists.

It is in the interest of all Americans to work toward the goal of medical cost control. Let’s get busy implementing the ACA — the only comprehensive cost control experiment that we’ve got in front of us — and let’s work for its success.


Brian T. Watson is a Salem News columnist. Contact him at

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