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November 29, 2008 at 11:34 AM

U.S. health care reform

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As health care costs rise, the expense of providing that care by companies has reached a tipping point of being excessive. As that occurs, employers drop coverage, creating a greater number of uninsured people. Individual coverage does not exist in most areas of the country, because it is too expensive to provide.

As a second option, the companies move to countries where health care is provided by government for their citizens. We then lose jobs as well as health care.

We already provide health care for a large percentage of our citizens with veterans programs, Medicare, Medicaid and prisons. These programs swell by the day as people leave prisons and jail and are no longer employable and companies close or lay off employees. People must give up most monetary security and ownership to qualify for any medical help from state governments, thereby impoverishing themselves.

At some point, the U.S. will have to decide to provide the basic safety net of health care to become a strong viable nation again. This is after having dropped to 26th place in the world for overall health of its citizens.

Is the GOP willing to sacrifice the health of the country’s citizens for the illusion of power by working hard to defeat any progress?

— Vicki Decker, Bothell

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