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Those Blue Dogs

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

Reducing health-care costs doubtless, is necessary, and I do not question the sincerity of the Blue Dog Democrats or the people they represent in demanding it ("Blue Dogs Barking in Pa" July 26).

Reductions can be achieved by improving information technology and communication between systems and changing incentives in the way physicians are paid from fee-for-service to salaries so that doctors can provide the best rather than the most expensive care.

The anti-tax position of these folks, on the other hand, is misguided to say the least. This attitude has brought our country to the dire situation of undermining education, police protection and other vital services, notably in California but also here in Pennsylvania and in other states.

What is more, adequate universal health care for life makes small increases in taxes to ensure its ongoing availability much more acceptable. People will no longer have to fear changing jobs, loss of coverage or bankruptcy as a result of out-of-pocket expenditures.

ELIZABETH STERN

Oakland

 

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