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Don’t deny health care

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I wish to respond to various letters to the editor about the health-care law and correct some distortions.

First, what is it with some people not wanting their fellow Americans to have health care?

Is it because they have theirs and the heck with everyone else? The issue is not governmental control. It is not giving control to the health industry to deny coverage and charge outlandish rates. I once had a woman denied coverage for an allergy prescription.

The uninsured still will be taken care of. Roughly 20 percent of health costs come from the uninsured. Everyone is in, and everyone who can pay will pay to the extent able.

The distortion that it is not constitutional. The law passed both houses, and was sustained by the Supreme Court. Get over it.

Unpopular? According to whom? Those who already have it.

Increased premiums? Preliminary reports from California and New York show that currently quoted premiums are going down 20 percent. Add the statistical law of large numbers and the more people insured – including the 20 and 30 somethings – the more the premiums will continue to go down.

Governmental takeover? The plans go through the current health-insurance industry.

Some argue that our standard of living will somehow suffer, but part of being a first-rate country is having universal health care for all the citizens. We are the last modern, major country to adopt a plan.

Who would deny their fellow Americans health care? Only a heartless ideologue.

Mark Spath

Burton’s Bridge

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