Insurance companies ‘all about profit . . .’

Tue, 08/11/2009 - 2:53pm
By: Letters to the ...

In response to Laura Lunsford’s letter, I would like to correct her and others on the facts regarding healthcare reform.

Yes, our government is loaded with debt that was created by the previous eight years of George W. Bush. He spent the budget surplus left by President Bill Clinton and then doubled our nation’s debt and tripled the deficit.

Where were all the fiscal hawks of the Republican Party when this was occurring? Healthcare reform is one of the key ingredients to putting our country’s economy and fiscal house back in order.

The public option in healthcare is an option that one can choose and is not mandatory, so there is no government takeover of healthcare. If the public does not like it they will reject it and have the right to keep their current health plan. So how is that a government takeover?

If the government cannot do healthcare because government cannot do anything more efficiently and cheaper, then what are you and the big health insurance companies afraid of? Ask any veteran who gets their healthcare from the government run VA if they are happy or ask a retiree on Medicare if they are satisfied. You may be surprised that most are very satisfied with the care they receive.

The public option will provide needed competition to make the healthcare insurance companies act more responsibly.

I have not heard what the Republicans suggest we do with healthcare other than keep it as it is. These healthcare insurance companies are all about profit and that can cause them to get between you and your doctor on what kind of coverage you get.

Reform will help you obtain more stability and security concerning healthcare. Health insurance companies will be stopped from denying coverage because of existing conditions of your healthcare history. There will be a yearly cap on how much they can charge for out of pocket expenses. No one should have to go bankrupt because of healthcare expenses.

Healthcare insurance premiums have risen much faster than the increase of wages, and more of your hard-earned dollars are eaten up by this cost.

Major healthcare insurance companies have reported record profits with CEOs earning an outrageous salary. Our economy’s recovery is partly dependent on healthcare reform because if nothing is done, the ever increasing costs will drag the economy down.

Republicans say we cannot afford reform, but the reality is we cannot afford not to. Having people with no insurance to go to the emergency room when they have a serious condition is not cost effective when preventive care or early treatment would cost less.

So how do we pay for healthcare reform for 47 million people who are uninsured because of job loss or other misfortune? Well, I did not hear much push-back from Congress when Bush misled us in an unneeded war in Iraq that cost over $2 trillion and was never funded and kept off budget until the Obama administration took over. That would have paid for healthcare reform with some change left over.

Repealing the Bush tax cuts on on the top 2 percent would go a long way to pay for healthcare reform. Please remember that President Obama stated that he would not sign a bill that was not paid for, contrary to what Bush did with No Child Left Behind and the Medicare prescription program.

Michael Conner

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by JollyTechnologies on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 6:55am.

I am a self employed individual that can't get insurance, but I do not want the government to handle that for me. Medicare is BROKE, Medicaid is BROKE, and the VA wait time is 6 months to get a Doctor visit. We have enough resources to help those who are not insured (for what ever reason) Drug companies will give your prescriptions for free (all of my are provided directly from the Drug Companies). Hospitals have charity programs to write off bills that patients cant afford (all you have to do is ask) and Doctors are willing to work on a smaller fee for those without insurance (my doctor does and is less then most insurance copay's). Please take a moment to read the 1000 page health care bill before telling us its a great idea.

Do you want the government to tell you who you can see and when? Or to decided if your older that treatment for an illness is pointless since your old and are going to die soon anyways? Its in the bill that way. Read the part of the Regional Health care Czars.

And by the way President Obama is the only President of the United States to triple the national debt in less than one year, since the founding of our country, soon we will be in a hole that we may never climb out of to see the light of day.

In conclusion, when the Government can show itself to be fiscally responsible, manage to run Medicare/Medicaid properly, and get Social Security funded (right now bankrupt) then it may be able to handle other tasks, but as of right now they have shown to be irresponsible individuals who could care less how this country is run.

The biggest thing we need to do in this country is to quit trying to fix ourselves and turn to God.

"If my people who are called by my
name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

Chronicles II 7:14

Ryan Jolly
Peachtree City GA

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