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May 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health-care reform

Demand better options

Health-care reform can mean anything. What the public gets depends on what we ask for from Congress and the president.

The ridiculous and counterproductive segmentation of health-care providers into hundreds of lists and of patients into cherry-picked risk pools by parasitic middlemen must stop.

We must demand single-payer health care or, failing that, at least a public option, which must be:

  • Universal — everybody included, no exceptions;

  • Publicly financed and privately delivered;

  • Comprehensive — all necessary medical care;

  • Portable — independent of employment status, place of residence, health status or age;

  • Accessible — free choice of any qualified practitioner.

My husband has access to those things with Medicare, so he gets to keep our doctor of the last 25 years. Being stuck with private insurance, I will have to give him up when my COBRA eligibility expires.

— Martha Koester, Seattle

Obama must fulfill single-payer promise

Anything other than a single-payer system will make President Obama a liar. He ran on the single-payer system and now is caving in.

He thinks he can trust the insurance companies? Come on, now, get real. Vote only for single-payer –but make it better than Medicare. Medicare is not for the poor, either.

— Judy Pintar, Issaquah

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