E-mail letters, Dec. 27, 2009

‘Let’s Make a Deal’

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As a health insurance agent, I am for health care reform. However, the bill passed by the Senate must be defeated. Here are some of the provisions of the bill that gets worse by the hour.

Nebraska gets $100 million for its Medicaid expansion. Florida, New York and Pennsylvania are exempt from cuts in the Medicare Advantage Plans. Medicaid funding is expanded in Vermont and Massachusetts. Louisiana gets $300 million. $100 million is designated for some unnamed hospital somewhere in the United States. There are special deals for the Indian Health Care System, unions and longshoremen.

Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall voted for the bill, but where is Colorado’s special deal? Where are the provisions that actually address the cost of care?

This isn’t health care reform. This is “Let’s Make a Deal,” or if you prefer, “Deal or No Deal.”

JIM SJERVEN

Let’s hope 2010 isn’t too late for the U.S.

This health care bill is not about health care. It is about control of the people, rationing and more debt. We can’t afford the debt we have right now and the Democrat Socialist Party wants to add to the debt and keep printing money.

We will pay for this real soon, and big time, as we go into bondage to this socialism, which won’t work but will cost us everything. There will be rationing. Heaven forbid that you should get old and a bureaucrat thinks you’ve lived long enough.

We must defeat this piece of garbage legislation. The Democrats have had control of both houses since 2006 and they blame everything that happens on Bush, but that is a lie. Bush didn’t veto much that came before him, and the Democrats have been doing their thing since 2006. The Democrats are wrecking our economy and we are in big trouble.

I certainly hope that the elections in November of 2010 are not too late to save the United States of America. The founding fathers are flipping over in their graves.

May God rescue us from this health care disaster!

MICHAEL GREGG

 

Bill puts us on the way to rational health system

Kudos to The Daily Sentinel editorial board for the Dec. 22 editorial. It’s rare to see any publication or TV analysis, left- or right-leaning, providing an honest evaluation of what is actually in the Senate health care reform bill.

People on both sides of the issue find much to complain about. It is the epitome of the sausage that comes from big, important legislation that is hard-fought on both issues of principle and political advantage.

The simple fact is that our system, both of providing services and paying for them, is way out of whack and needs drastic overhauling.

There are waste and perverse incentives throughout and this bill, smelly as it may be to some, is a first valiant attempt to start the wheels of change in motion. The things that the editorial points out are some of the most important parts of the bill and should appeal to the entire spectrum of political sensitivities. How can you argue against trial programs to see what really works versus doctrinaire dictates?

When we spend as much as twice what others around the world spend for their medical services and don’t have the success in outcomes that exist in other highly developed countries, you know something is wrong. When passed by both houses of Congress, we’ll finally be on our way to a more fair and rational system.

This issue has been on both the front and back burner of “things to do” for a hundred years, in one form or another. Its time has come and, in the future, this bill will gradually be improved into something we can all be proud of in the way all citizens can have the very best care without fear of bankruptcy. We have the best technology. Now everybody will have access to it.

JOHN BORGEN



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