LETTER: Health care for all

All Americans should have access to good, affordable health care. I am happy our government officials in Washington have 100 percent
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

All Americans should have access to good, affordable health care. I am happy our government officials in Washington have 100 percent coverage for the rest of their lives. I agree with Obama, if I as a taxpayer am paying for their coverage, then why shouldn't every American get that same coverage. Or, give Congress co-pays, deductibles, denials, and limited choice of doctors like those of us with insurance face every day.

Many employers don't provide health insurance. Many people can't afford the premiums. About 22 percent of my paycheck goes for buying health care insurance for me and my family. Most people who don't have insurance are not lazy, just unfortunate.

People without insurance usually are denied health care from doctors because they can't pay the full amount. An emergency room will expect payment unless you are destitute, and they don't provide follow-up care.

My past employer dropped my insurance that had been promised if I retired. I had to get insurance through my present employer. A specialist doctor took the old insurance but not the new. We told him we'd pay cash. He dropped us as a patient.

If you have money, we have a great system. That is why we accept t he Saudi Arabian king and not other foreigners without money. If you don't have money our system stinks.

I don't know of any business or industry that keeps raising its prices astronomically and get those prices. We've got to rein in costs and prices.

There are more Americans without health insurance than the total population of Canada and Australia combined. We have spent almost a trillion dollars on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in less than six years. The bill for all Americans to have access to health care is about that, over 10 years.

Howard Collins

Sandusky