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The health care mistake



Letter to the Editor of the Democrat Herald online newspaper.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:45 pm | (15) Comments

It’s a sad day in America. When we sent folks to Congress, they were elected to represent all of us. Yet they ignored the will of 60 percent of their constituents, in order to “fix” a problem that affects 15 percent of Americans.

There was a much simpler solution than the 2,000-page document they approved, and most of them either didn’t read it or didn’t understand all the details.

Here is my simple solution.

1) Insure the uninsured uninsurable. I’d help pay for that.

2) Clean up the fraud in Medicare/Medicaid, sooner than later.

3) Educate people about their options in health insurance coverage; catastrophic insurance is an affordable option. We don’t need a Cadillac plan that covers every little medical event.

4) Show people why it’s advantageous to eat healthier, exercise, and to stop drinking, smoking and taking illegal drugs.

5) Allow for interstate purchasing of health insurance.

6) Insurance commissioners need to say no to the rate increases. Without their approval, no rate increases will take place. Perhaps the rate increases need to go before a non-government employee board made up of everyday private citizens and business owners.

Instead of taking small steps to improve our health insurance plans, we are being saddled with a plan so full of loopholes, it will probably cost us more than we can ever hope to afford. A plan that could land you in jail if you refuse coverage — great plan. I am looking forward to November.

Jo Rae Perkins, Albany

(Jo is a buddy of mine, and she’s a straight shooter. Her article is here. )

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