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March 25, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Reforming nation’s health care

It’s a moral issue

Life and health are not decisions to be made by for-profit big business. Health care is a moral issue. We cannot ignore the welfare of Americans because they can’t afford insurance or their insurance company chooses not to pay.

Single-payer health care is also a benefit for employers. It’s my understanding that GM spends $58 billion each year for employee health care. Honda and Toyota do not have that expense. Their government handles health care for their citizens, for free, like 16 other countries.

So Japanese automakers put their “$58 billion” into their cars. GM takes it out of their cars. How can GM compete?

Hopefully, our government won’t ignore the welfare of the people again, as it did with the pharmaceutical companies’ fight against government negotiation of Medicare prices. This time, I hope our leaders will perform as though they were part of a government that is “… of the people, by the people, and for the people,” not for big business.

— Robert Annecone, Issaquah

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