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Stay out, government

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

I agree that the health insurance industry needs to be reformed, but I don't believe it's the government's duty to get involved in our health care. First, hospitals will not refuse treatment to anyone!

President Barack Obama would be better off to keep out of it and let Congress members listen to their constituents. His statements comparing the U.S. Postal Service with FedEx and UPS are actually the opposite of what he was trying to say -- the postal service, which is a government agency, continually raises its costs because it is broke, and FedEx and UPS, which are corporate-run, make profits for their shareholders.

At a town hall meeting in Colorado, President Obama stated that everyone is concerned about the budget -- he said part of the reason there's a deficit is health care and that's why it needs to be reformed! The only part of health care that the government is involved with is Medicare and Medicaid, which are broke! Let's be realistic: The government is incapable of running any program effectively while keeping it within budget.

Why can't we return to the way health care was treated in the '60s, '70s and '80s? Back then, the only coverage was necessary coverage -- emergency room, major medical, etc. We paid for our office visits. I realize having office visits covered with a small co-pay is supposed to be preventative medicine, but people abuse it. They see the doctor for colds, rashes, etc., which can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Some elderly citizens visit the doctor for "company" since they have no one to talk to!

 

HERMAINE MUNO
Oakwood

 

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