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April 9, 2013

April 9, 2013: Letters to the editor

Americans shouldn’t fear health reform

Our health care system is broken; dysfunctional for most of us and nonfunctional for many others. It’s too expensive — unregulated greed runs amuck.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the opening salvo in a consumer revolution; us vs. the huge health insurance and health care providers, who use millions of our dollars to fight for their ability to use and abuse us. You can either choose to support continued abuses by the giant health care corporations, or join the rest of us in the fight of your life for your rights to quality health care at reasonable prices.

Big health care corporations will do anything to preserve their ability to bilk consumers out of billions. They will bribe politicians and spread fear to continue their dominance over your health care system.

In a recent news article, Rep. Susan Brooks said, “Companies are going to change how they’re doing business to avoid the health care mandate,” “I can see people losing their employer-sponsored health care,” “Companies are considering taking the penalty and paying the fine and not worrying about health insurance.” Fear tactics. Either let us continue to rip you off or face the consequences.

Consider this: Many falsely believe they are covered when, in fact, some of those insurance policies aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. If reform does not go forward, your health coverage will continue to degrade until you’re paying for no coverage without even knowing it.

Employer-provided health care was initially an industrialist’s gimmick to get people to work for him — an ill-conceived delivery system from the beginning, which worked well for a time but whose time has passed. It’s broken beyond repair due to manipulation and greed.  

If employers were to discontinue providing health insurance, it might be the best reform that could happen. Medicare would be forced to provide coverage so the system wouldn’t totally collapse. Enter Medicare for all — we could all end up with a much more efficient, cost-effective system that would work for all of us to the envy of the world. A side benefit: If you lost your job, you wouldn’t lose your health care.

And by best guesstimate, it would probably cost between $100-$150 a month. I’d bet most employers would increase your pay a little to compensate for some of that.  

We don’t need guns for the revolution. All we need is determination to have a health care system that works for us — not just the wealthy corporations.

Larry Brooks


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