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Town hall article in Signal skewed

Posted: October 6, 2009 9:46 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Thanks for the article ("Town hall meeting draws ire," Sept. 27), but in my humble opinion, the article is so skewed, I was wondering what meeting the reporter was writing about. My sister was unable to come on Sept. 26 and she was under the impression from this article that it was rowdy and kind of out of control.

Where are the many stories and experiences that were brought up?

Do people with employer-paid insurance not realize that after there is a government insurance plan, many companies will opt to provide employees non-approved or inadequate insurance, or they will pay a penalty for employees not insured. There is no way private insurers can compete with a provider (the U.S. government) that can set any rates they want and make up the difference by printing money or selling bonds. Private insurers will go belly up, right and left.

Why doesn't the lady with the 23-year-old kid who felt faint and had to get an IV drip at Newhall Memorial tell her kid to hydrate himself and to get some catastrophic insurance plan?

Because 20-somethings are invincible and would rather buy a car or flat screen or other toys rather than take responsibility for themselves and get their own insurance?

Why do we have to pay for illegals who have broken the law by being here.

I already contribute more than $2,000 to my church and $2,000 to various nonprofit charities each year. As was said at the town hall, Americans are a very generous people.

Fixes that can and should be made before disabling and destroying the system with coverage that 85 percent of Americans like:

n We need to be able to buy insurance across state lines; that will encourage fair competition amongst private insurers (versus a government-run insurance plan);

n We definitely need tort reform and caps on lawsuits to stop frivolous lawsuits;

n We definitely need pre-existing conditions to have coverage somewhere, somehow (in California we have CEA for earthquakes since insurers won't sell here);

n People paying their insurance policies and who fall ill should not be dropped by their plan (as the woman with cancer was). That's bull and should be illegal.

n Insurers should have a catastrophic plan that would have a high deductible for unexpected emergencies (illness, surgery, etc.), that might not cover medicine and non-emergency office visits. It's there so you don't go to the poor house if something tragic happens.

I'm curious for the others also attending the town hall forum.

Which side was the rude, can't-wait-their turn or wait-for-the-mike crowd (I'm referring to the pharmacist in the blue shirt who was so persistent and rude, forced the mike to come to him, and then after taking up more than enough time, wouldn't shut up). Hmm?


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