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September 5 - 18, 2009 33
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Public health option key
out-of-control costs for individuals, knowing we will lose everything their talking points and have
Arizona and the nation is in dire
families, and small businesses. we worked hard for due to medical provided this to write to you about.
need of health care reform. We cannot
Michelle Steiner, Cooper Commons bills. That is why I have insurance. If AARP blew it on supporting
let insurance companies, whose
I am not asking for the government Medicare Part D, do they think
only interest is their bottom line, and
Health reform protects to provide and take care of me. I that just because I have gray hair
not the health of those they insure,
those who pay am just asking for regulations and I am gullible enough to go along
continue to dictate what health care
I am a self-employed business protection so my family can have with their talking points now?
we can have. We need reform now.
owner in Chandler. I have a high- peace of mind knowing we will not The Congress doesn’t even
We can’t afford to wait for
deductible family health policy. I do lose our coverage. I feel that with understand health care reform, much
reform: Each day, 280 people in
not receive ACCHS or Medicare or any all of the media and talk show hype less AARP. AARP should get out
Arizona lose their health care coverage.
large company health plan. Therefore, we are losing some positive things of the business of manipulating
And without reform, those who still
I am dependent on this health plan. that will come out of health care seniors and let the American people
have insurance will see their yearly
Under the current system if I or one reform. I am thankful someone decide what is in their and their
premiums go up by $9,425 in the next
of my family members has a serious is willing to tackle this mess our grandchildren’s best interest.
decade, to a staggering $22,770.
health issue, my provider can cancel health care system has become. Jim Dillard, 85249
Reform with a real public option
our plan at the end of the annual term I am asking that we stop and have
is key to expanding coverage: Under
at their discretion. At that point we a real hard look at our system and Letters to the Editor
current legislation, which includes
are basically without insurance, since try to come up with a compromise to
We know you have an opinion! Share it
with the SanTan Sun News. Unless you’re the
a strong public health insurance
no one will offer us insurance with protect those of us who simply want to
Mayor, however, please keep your Letters
option, 988,000 people in Arizona,
pre-existing conditions; the premium make a living and pay our fair share. to the editor around 200-300 words, or they
and 37 million Americans nationwide,
would be prohibitively too high. Carl Johnson, Clemente Ranch
may be edited for length. Include your first
and last name, community or development
will gain coverage by 2019.
I realize that the current health
name in Southern Chandler (Cooper Commons,
A real public health insurance
care bill is not perfect. However, American people should Ocotillo, Sun Groves, etc.) or ZIP code and
option is crucial to lowering
it does have provisions that will decide health care
daytime phone number for verification.
Anonymous letters are not typically accepted.
costs: With premiums projected to
provide protection to individual policy AARP has asked that I write a
Email is the preferred submission method, to
hit $22,770, we need to get costs
holders like myself where we cannot message to dispel the myths that Letters@SanTanSun.com.
down. By spurring competition, a
be canceled or dropped due to a are circulating about healthcare
Opinions expressed in Community
Commentaries, Letters to the editor or
public plan will help bring down
large claim. It will be bad enough reform. Because I am an AARP
cartoons are those of the author, and not that
trying to physically recover, without member, they want me to support of the SanTan Sun News.
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