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No free lunch

To the Editor:

They began life as a promise for yet another free lunch. The first was born at more than 1,500 pages. The other was born at more than 2,000 pages. No, it’s not “The Blob I and II.” It’s health care reform bills H.R.3200 and S.1796

H.R. 3200 became grist for late-night comics mocking who had read or not read it. Some legislators even seemed proud of not possibly being able to read it.

Instead of asking who may have read or not read these bills, ask: “How were these bills written and by whom?” Legislative aides? Lobbyists? And if lobbyists, whose? Insurance and pharmaceutical companies or advocates for government employee unions? Government employment will balloon as new bureaucracies administer another free lunch. This free lunch is to be partly paid by eliminating waste and fraud in current  programs. This begs another question that has been asked, but never answered by our leaders in D.C.: “Why not eliminate this waste and fraud now?”  We sure could use it ... now.

So, we are to insure more people, more conditions, provide additional services and this will cost us less? Think about it. We cannot afford this free lunch.

Phil Giannini

Richmond

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