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Facts on health reform

To the Editor:

Congressman Randy Hultgren recently wrote a letter on the Affordable Health Care Act. Much to my surprise, it was not informative. It was the Fox News/tea party version. The letter presented the law in the worst possible light by stating half-truths, gossip and a few falsehoods. Here are some facts:

1. The U.S. has the most expensive health care system in the world. We rank about 30th in health care.

2. Of the world’s industrialized countries, we are the only one not to have universal health care.

3. Not one Republican in Congress voted to pass this bill. They have since voted 31 times to repeal parts or all of the bill. There is no chance of this bill being repealed, as many aspects of it are already in effect and being welcomed by those affected.

4. All people with insurance now pay about $1,000 extra per year to cover the uninsured. Sick people still are treated at the emergency room. This is the worse possible way to treat these people, and the most expensive.

5. To run around without health insurance today is playing Russian roulette with your life savings. About 62 percent of all home foreclosures are due to a health care costs.

6. In the first few years, the fine is $95 for those who refuse even the subsidized coverage. This is called a tax by Hultgren.

7. The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that this law will save money in the long run and help reduce the national debt by $138 billion over 10 years.

Robert A. Schultz

McHenry

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