Letter to the Editor, July 19
Health care plan is needed
To the Editor:
It is impossible to overlook the propaganda professed by those opposed to Universal Health Care, otherwise tagged Obama Care. Just as our elected officials have their government coverage, this bill ensures medical services will be available to everyone.
People jumped to conclusions about being taxed. The mandate means that everyone must carry insurance. If you have insurance and are satisfied, nothing changes and there is no tax for you. Those with no insurance can no longer sit back and expect to be supported by others. Fair enough; this eliminates free riders. The tax or penalty applies only to those who refuse to help pay their fair share. There will be help for those unable to meet the requirements.
For us who have insurance, nothing changes. If we're satisfied we keep it and we are not taxed. Because of this Universal Health Bill, any pre-existing illness cannot exclude you from coverage. There is better coverage on prescription drugs. Children can remain on their parents' insurance. Small businesses will find they can buy from an insurance pool for better rates if they so choose, or keep their existing insurance as is.
Too, all we hear is that it costs too much -- the debt will climb. Well, I say, why not? Why shouldn't the citizens have health coverage, and a share in a slice of the tax pie? Washington talks about saving money to lower the debt and they are always ready to cut and eliminate the benefits to the very people who were blindsided to believe in them and voted them into office. To those interested and yelling about the high costs, I suggest we tell them to cut the subsidies given in billions of dollars to corporations -- that is truly welfare, and yet no one talks about that.
The overall population has little representation in our government, whether in state legislatures or Washington, unless you have gobs of money to donate. A case in point is the harm our legislators forced on us. Voting is a right, not a privilege, and by eliminating the voting card that has always been our identification of being a resident they have come up with this nonsense of fraud and are forcing citizens to prove they are just that, a citizen of the United States. Have they forgotten what those brave men and women fought all the wars for? I believed it was for our freedom. And now the badly-informed politicians have come up with a lot of hokey-pokey to take away our American right.
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