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Broken health care in most powerful country

Posted: May 6, 2009 8:32 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.

We’re nearly the last democratic, industrialized nation to not have health care for all.

It’s a huge expense anyway. Why not invest in our people, in preventative care, just like all of our allies do?

If Barack Obama’s health care plan gets changed to exclude a public option like Medicare, then it is not health care reform.

A public option is the only way to guarantee health care for all Americans.

Any legislation without it is just more of the same broken system.

America deserves a choice.

Let people choose between keeping the for-profit insurance they already have — if they want it — or a public health care option like Medicare.

Insurance companies and HMOs are afraid of a public health care option because competition will force them to provide better service at lower cost.

One in six Americans is uninsured and millions more are underinsured.

I am a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy and am in college. I have no health care and no medical insurance, and was injured on active duty.

When I have to go to Mexico or Canada to get health care I can afford, something is very wrong.
Santa Barbara


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